Summit elevation: 5,713 feet
15 miles with 4,400 feet of climbing
Mount Wilson • Description
Mount Wilson is one of the best known peaks in the San Gabriel Mountains, famous for its observatory. The summit offers an impressive view of Los Angeles and the Pacific Ocean.
Several trails lead up the mountain. This loop starts at Chantry Flats, and after a short downhill section, leads up Gabrielino Trail. An out-and-back section visits Sturtevant Falls.
Gabrielino Trail has two options, an upper and a lower trail, which merge at Spruce Grove Campground. Sturtevant Trail, which includes a section of switchbacks, continues to the top of Mount Wilson.
A trail at the antennas serves as shortcut to Mount Wilson Toll Road. After a section on the dirt road, Winter Creek Trail continues down the mountain. The trail forks at Hoegees Campground, with an upper and a lower option.
The upper trail is a mile longer, and after a short uphill section continues down all the way to Chantry Flats. The lower trail eventually merges with Gabrielino Trail and finishes with an uphill section.
Mount Wilson • Interactive Map
Mount Wilson • Pictures
View of the San Gabriel Mountains
Mount Wilson Observatory
Radio and Television Antennas
View of the Pacific Ocean
By: Bernd Straehle
See Also: Hiking & Backpacking