Mount Wilson Trail

HARD
#2 of 4 trails in Arcadia Wilderness Park
Mount Wilson Trail is a 12.6 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Sierra Madre, CA that features a waterfall and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from January until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

12.6 miles 4517 feet Out & Back
dogs on leash birding hiking mountain biking nature trips trail running walking forest views waterfall wild flowers wildlife bugs scramble
Hide Map

210 to Baldwin Avenue. Baldwin north to Mira Monte. Mira Monte east (right) to trailhead located behind historic general store.

Rebecca Corum
4 minutes ago

1 Completed1 Reviews

Beautiful rugged trail that will get your heart pumping! I love strenuous hikes with a variety of scenery and this one did it for me. Warning--there is at least one bear living around Orchard Camp that comes out in the evenings. I saw her very close to the trail and heard her again down the ravine. Go early and bring something that makes noise. Also the insects are awful in the wooded parts. Highly recommend insect nets and bug spray. Bring lots of water and a snack, this trail ain't no joke!

Allison Margaret
1 day ago

1 Completed1 Reviews

I made it to the First Water. Which is a huge deal for me. But I'll tell you, this is thee TOUGHEST trail for beginners haha
I contemplated quitting, but I at least made it to First Water. It's really scenic, it's beautiful.
But tough as shit.

darcie babyak
18 days ago

9 Completed7 Reviews

María Moreno
1 month ago

1 Completed1 Reviews

formidable

Kurt Womack
1 month ago

12 Completed11 Reviews

A good hike! Strenuous and a constant climb on the way up. On the way down, if you take the old toll road, be careful not to miss the connection to the mt Wilson trail or you may end up on the wrong side of the mountain (I parked at chantry flats but ended up at bennenger flats.). Although the signage was nonexistent, if I had read my guide info carefully, I wouldn't have missed it. Anyhow, good views and a good hike! After the climb, go eat at the Original Top's burgers on east Colorado in Pasadena. Great food!

Larz Strayer
1 month ago

1 Completed1 Reviews

It was good but there is never enough parking

Gina Long
1 month ago

1 Completed1 Reviews

This trail changed my life! I try to go to first water at least once or twice a week and to orchard camp every other week! I also go to the top every year on my birthday! It's beautiful, rigorous and rugged! I think of the creek at first water as my church. It has a profound energy!

Belle Cook
2 months ago

1 Completed1 Reviews

Hard, but awesome!

Virinia Staley
3 months ago

4 Completed3 Reviews

Great hike in February

Sarah T.
3 months ago

Mona H.
3 months ago

9 Completed4 Reviews

We were expecting The Gabrielino Trail to be more like a maintained trail, and not debris, leaves, rock, gravel etc. It feels like that contributed to fatigue. We took The Winter Creek Trail down, and after a few minutes the trail is easier to walk on. Start early and of course hiking is always an adventure.

Mona H.
3 months ago

9 Completed4 Reviews

We were expecting The Gabrielino Trail to be more like a maintained trail, and not debris, leaves, rock, gravel etc. It feels like that contributed to fatigue. We took The Winter Creek Trail down, and after a few minutes the trail is easier to walk on. Start early and of course hiking is always an adventure.

Brian Prado
3 months ago

6 Completed2 Reviews

it was a beautiful experience, the trail can be narrow but just be careful and wear appropriate clothing and shoes and you'll be good, ohh and take extra water it can be easy going down but heading up its quite difficult

Adam Bracklow
3 months ago

4 Completed5 Reviews

This hike was awesome , saw a bear about 8 feet away from the trail . Never will forget that

Shin bum Lee
4 months ago

4 Completed2 Reviews

Matthew Ballew
4 months ago

25 Completed25 Reviews

Very steep and interesting, but lots of people and a giant parking lot at the top so I'm not sure if this for the people who like to get away from society.

Paget Kagy
4 months ago

1 Completed1 Reviews

Vanessa Paredes
4 months ago

1 Completed1 Reviews

I loved this hike. It is difficult but it is totally worth it. Beautiful view from the top. There's a water refill station on the top and restrooms. I definitely recommend doing this hike.

Sahniah Lambert
5 months ago

11 Completed8 Reviews

Great

Natalie Hansen
5 months ago

19 Completed7 Reviews