Winter summit at Mount Wilson Observatory

Peak Summited2023 Mount Wilson (SoCal)
Type of HikeDay hike
TrailheadSanta Anita canyon
EncounteredWildflowers blooming
Hiking CompanionsHiked with a partner
Road ConditionsRoad suitable for all vehicles
Bug StatusNo bugs
Snow ConditionsIntermittent snow - not hard to cross
Trail ConditionsMinor obstacles posing few problems

Started 6:18am cloudy with morning dew in the air. Headlamps needed until the sun rose. Very well marked trail. Very few snow tracks after the ridge at 5 mile marker. The hike was brutal. Made a wrong turn that took me to the communications towers instead of the cafe. It added 1.5 miles in ankle deep and slushy snow. It slowed me down.

at the cafe 11:27am

restrooms were open and heated. Water bottle fill station was working. Benches free and clear of snow so enjoy your lunch at the top. I had a sandwich and chips with hot tea and beef jerky. Stayed for an hour and a half at the cafe.

back at the car by 5:45pm. I was dying. I should have brought three pairs of sock. Trekking poles helped with the hike highly recommend. Microspikes too. Didn’t need the spikes until the ridge at the 5 mile marker tho. I brought 2.5 liters of water and drank it all.


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