I have been waiting to hike Mt Wilson for what seems like years. The standard route has a road that is constantly washed out then we had the fires which closed that route until 2022. I found this other route which is longer at 14.45 miles; 5600 elevation to the 5710 summit. Located in the San Gabriel Mountains in the Los Angeles area.
Mt. Wilson is named for Benjamin Davis Wilson grandfather of George S. Patton. Searching for better wood for his wine casks, he followed an established Indian route and the trail is now named after him. The mountain can be seen with numerous antenna where many TV and radio stations transmit. It’s also known for the Mount Wilson Solar Observatory and has been visited by Edwin Hubble and George Hale.
The trail was well defined and was a steady climb up above the city of Los Angeles.
There were many shaded forest parts and some boulders to climb around too
The trail became steep at mile 4 to 5 but then you could see the summit
Once I got to the summit I was stunned to see I was the only person there. It was surreal to walk around and not see a single person. Everything is closed due to Covid and I wish I could have tried the food at the Cosmic Cafe. I could see the telescopes from the fence area.
It got a little dusty at the last 3 miles and was much warmer than when I started. But what a great trail. This mountain is one of the top 6 peaks people like to hike here. Glad I got to enjoy it without the crowds.