Surprise Mount Wilson

Peak Summited2019 Mount Wilson
Type of HikeDay hike
TrailheadSturtevant
Road ConditionsRoad suitable for all vehicles
Bug StatusNo bugs
Snow ConditionsSnow free
Trail ConditionsTrail in good condition

First off, I originally planned to hike the Sturtevant to Mt Zion loop as a solo hike with my full pack to train for an upcoming 2-week backpacking trip (first time taking my pack out). I was expecting the trail to be much more crowded by what I was seeing with the parking situation, but it was actually pretty quiet. I started about 7:15 AM. Weather was perfect, was chilly in the morning but good hiking weather (and got a little bit misty in the middle of the day), and good trail conditions. Had to cross the stream a few times, but nothing too challenging. I came to the sign where I could either go right to go up to Mount Wilson or left to go to Mount Zion. Ran into a group of guys who were hiking Mount Wilson, and seeing that it was 3 miles away instead of 1.5 like Mount Zion, I was feeling pretty good at that time and felt I might as well push myself a little further. I wouldn't normally take a route that I wasn't pre-prepared for, but that group was nearby most of the hike and I saw a few other people as well, so I felt comfortable enough to do so.  At about the halfway mark from that sign to the top, I was slightly regretting my choice, but afterwards I was definitely happy I did. There was a tiny bit of snow at the very top, but nothing close to the trail. Also, on the way down, some men pointed out the Poodle-Dog bushes, which I hadn't heard of before, that grow after wildfires and can be poisonous. So be sure to look those up and avoid them. I got back to my car around 2 and had a burger at the market/station at chantry flats that was pretty good, definitely hit the spot after hiking all morning.

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