Ascent of Mount Wilson on 2010-05-15

Climber: Mark Habermeyer

Others in Party:JR and Trey
Date:Saturday, May 15, 2010
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Wilson
    Elevation:5710 ft / 1740 m

Ascent Trip Report

It was an amazing adventure on Saturday as I wasn't disappointed with my hike from Chantry Flat to Mt. Wilson! Many thanks to HikeUp and PackerGreg for their input and maps of the area. Very helpful and useful! Robnokshus I should have taken your arrival advise more seriously! I knew we were in trouble when I saw a steady stream of cars coming back downhill near Santa Anita dam! Chantry Flat is a parking nightmare! We ended up hiking over 1 mile to get to the trail head. (I thought getting there at 7:15 am was early enough but not on a Saturday and a nice Spring day!) The weather was amazing and we quickly traveled up to Hogee's by 9:15am. The spring flowers are amazing right now. The Upper Winter Creek Trail past Hogee's is a continuous uphill ascent but amazingly beautiful this time of year.

Fortunately the fires and winter storms have not damaged this wonderful hiking trail or surrounding forest! I arrived at the bench to a group of 30 Korean hikers having lunch under the shade of a tree. I was sort of startled by the size of the group but didn't give it much thought as I rested next to the bench. A couple sitting on the bench then said "there's a bear behind you!" I immediately asked them if they were kidding but they said it was up in the tree!
I decided to quickly leave not wishing to wait for a possible encounter with its mother! As I was leaving I took these pictures from a distance as I headed up to Mt. Wilson.
The bear jumped out of the tree and wandered on over to where the Koreans were eating lunch!! Then one of those guys poked the bear in the butt with his hiking pole! Not the smartest move on his part. I decided it was time to get the heck out of dodge!!
I finally hit the top of Mt. Wilson around 12:30pm. Great scenery today! (The snows melting fast on Baldy!)
Unfortunately that last photo shows the devastating damage from last summer's fires on Lowe, Markham and San Gabriel Peak. It's really sad to look at.

Well I had to hurry up and get down off the mountain ( I was pretty "spent" at this point!) Finally worked my way down to my friends who took me over to the pack station for a pulled pork sandwich!
Man, did THAT hit the spot!! Another great day in SoCal!
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:4100 ft / 1250 m
    Distance:15.3 mi / 24.6 km
    Trailhead:1610 ft / 490 m
    Quality:4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear

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