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Mt Wilson Trail

Average Rating:    (4 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 2

This is a great trail. On the front side of the San Gabriels. Not a lot of traffic here as it is fairly technical and most people are to tired after climbing the toll road. The trail has numerous rock gardens and some exposure,but is a very beautiful trail. Some super fun switchbacks and a few small jump opportunities. Easy to get some serious speed on the downhill and up top it doesn''t seem to be a problem, but as you get closer to the bottom you will start to meet up with hikers.This is almost the same as the Gabrielino from Red Box, but a little more technical and a little faster. If you climb this is a plus 6 hour ride for regular riders.
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Latitude
34.19220968900378
Longitude
-118.10646057128906
Trail Directions
At the Mt Wilson parking lot, you go to the farthest part away from the buildings towards the view and you'll find it. I've seen it signed and then last year somebody tried to hide the sign by bending it over and placing rocks on top of it.
Trail Length
20 Miles
Trail Level
Advanced
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
Altadena
Country
LA
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Reviews 1 - 2 (2 Reviews Total)

Review Date
September 13, 2006

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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Reviewed by: dirtdiva ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
I haven't ridden this trail in over 5 years, but I remembered the sweet singletrack (switchbacks with some technical rocky and sometimes rooty sections)that provided the adrenaline rush. We rode up the fire road, so, we didn't know what the trail conditions were like. As it turns out, the first section up top was a bit overgrown, but actually still fun and rideable. I wish I had worn long sleeves for this part of the trail. After about a mile (maybe) we made the right turn and this part, I don't remember being such a trudge. It was a hike-and-bike for about a mile...really bad trail erosion, sand traps, large rock protrusions. After that, we finally got a taste of the sweet singletrack...acorn and dead leaves covered most of the trail in the shaded areas with some rocks and roots sprinkled around for good measure. On this part of the singletrack, there was only one unridable switchback. You'll see it if you look ahead. I still love this trail, but not all of it. The top portion needs major trail maintenance. Also, if you're prone to poison oak, this trail is the pits...nothing but those pesky red leaves in the shaded portions. This is definitely not a trail for non-techincal riders.

Recommended Route:
We killed ourselves on the uphill, since I've read that the Mt Wilson Toll Rd is still closed. We parked by the elementary school on Loma Alta a few blocks from where Lake St ends. From there, we took Chaney trail all the way up to the Mt Wilson Rd (approximately 13 miles, 4180 ascent)to the radio towers, then down the Mt Wilson Toll Rd until we hit the Mt Wilson Trail (approx 1.5 miles from the top). We parked one car at Mt Wilson Trail Park which saved us another 8.5 miles with a quite a bit more climbing.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
For a little more than a third of the climb, you can ride up Chaney Trail and descend down Inspiration (I think it's upper and lower Sam Merrill). The top part is more technical (usually no hikers) and the lower part is smooth.



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Review Date
March 20, 2006

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: dick slessig ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
This is a beautiful trail - a San Gabriel classic. We rode it as a loop coming up from Chantry Flat via the Winter Creek trail and then descending the Mt. Wilson trail. It's very rugged at the top with alot of on-the-bike/off-the-bike action before it settles into a really nice swoopy, switchbacky ride with some nice, fairly mild technical sections. It seems like it would be a pretty righteous climb, much like the Echo Mtn. trail at the top of Lake Ave. in Pasadena. Beautiful scenery and well maintained, it is a favorite with hikers and therefore I would classify it as "weekday only". It's actually shocking that this trail is open to bikes so I would recommend to all riders that you defer politely to all foot traffic in the interest of good will and to insure access into the future.

Recommended Route:
Pick it up from Mt. Wilson trail Rd in Sierra Madre.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Winter Creek, Idlehour, Sam Merrill



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