Wilson Made My Legs Feel Heavy

Peak Summited2019 Mount Wilson
Type of HikeDay hike
TrailheadChantry Flat (Up via Sturtivant)
EncounteredWildflowers blooming
Hiking CompanionsHiked with a group
Road ConditionsRoad suitable for all vehicles
Bug StatusBugs were an annoyance
Snow ConditionsSnow free
Trail ConditionsMinor obstacles posing few problems

I find hiking to be a (mostly delicious) mixed bag, and this 14.5 miler was no different. This hike was extra-special because it was my first 10+ mile hike in about 6 months and let me tell ya… the Sturtivant switchbacks had a way of reminding me about each and every day I didn't hike.  On each and every step.  With that said, I finished (but not without having a break forced onto me by my too-heavy legs 20 feet from the official summit marker), and here are both the highlights and blooper reel:

The Good:

  • Beautiful weather : Mostly sunny (and the trail is mostly shaded), temperatures in the 60-70s throughout, and refreshing breezes at just the right times/places!
  • Great group(s): I jumped between two groups while hiking this one, and both were experienced and great company!
  • Water: The streams and falls are running, making for some great photo ops and ambient sound/smells.
  • Springtime: With the streams and winter rains come the leaves and wildflowers, too!  It's not very often that SoCal is more green than most anywhere else.

The Delicious:

  • Cosmic Cafe is Open: Avocado toast isn't just for Millennials who don't want to buy houses; it's also for Millennials who are desperately hungry after climbing 4000 feet!

The Bad:

  • Water… means mosquitoes, especially around sunrise/sunset.
  • Trail conditions: Storms and winds have blown down big trees at several points along the Winter Creek trail.  Beware.
  • Crowds/Parking: Springtime is the “sweet spot” for hiking this trail, and because of this, I/our groups was/were never alone on the way up, and parking was a nightmare–even at 5:50 AM.

The Bad-Tasting:

  • Mosquitoes at Hoegee's Camp.
  • Losing one of my gear bags at the top.  Luckily, a fellow hiker picked it up!

Photos to come later.

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