Mount Wilson Trail is a 13.6 mile out and back trail located near Sierra Madre that offers scenic views.
The trail is challenging and the first part can be very hot during the summer. This trail is not recommended for beginners.
Features: Birding — Views — Wildflowers — Wildlife
There is plenty of free street parking, and a water fountain at the trailhead. Water is also available at the visitor center located on the top of the mountain.
Bring a mosquito net if you have one.
Lots of rocks and roots so a sturdy trail shoe is a must.
Look for free street parking in front of Lizzie's Trail Inn and The Richardson House. Mt. Wilson Trail
starts about 50 yards north of Mira Monte Ave.
The first mile of the trail is on a sandy singletrack with no shade, and the next few miles are in the woods. While catching your breath after the climb, don't forget to look back to see the view of Pasadena; on a good day you can see all the way to the ocean.
Once into the wooded section of the trail, the track becomes narrow. Look out for roots and loose rocks. There was a running water section but with the drought there isn't much water left.
Around mile 4 there will be a junction, continue on the trail to the right, this is the most difficult part of trail, be prepare to use both hands and feet. At the mile 5 marker, continue on the Mt. Wilson trail going north (up). A fire road will appear around mile 6, take a right and continue up the trail.
Be sure to enjoy the view of Pasadena and Los Angeles - that's partly why you're up here, I hope!
There will be a restroom, cafe, and water on the top of the Mt Wilson. From here, head back down the same way you came. This is when the fun begins!
One of the most visible mountains in Los Angeles.