Distance: 14 miles roundtrip
Elevation gain: 4200'
Difficulty: 7 or 8/10
Total time: 7-8 hrs (including breaks)
Speed: 2 mph up & 3 mph down +/-
Let's hike up to Mt. Wilson and see the beautiful views of LA along with getting some great exercise as well... Do you think you're capable of following a map and reading the signs to find your way? Well, this is a good way to find out how well you can do. I will provide maps for the group.
We will first meet in the parking lot near the restrooms and then head down the Lower Winter Creek Trail to the Manzanita Trail up to Mt. Wilson. There we will eat lunch and if the Cosmic Cafe is open, you can buy lunch there (just be sure to bring about $10). There are restrooms up there. We can do some exploring if y'all wish. Then we will head back the same way except we will head down the Upper Winter Creek Trail. This route is around 80% shaded.
What to bring: 3-4 liters of water, snacks and lunch, sunscreen, mosquito repellent, any needed medication, hat, trekking poles (optional), hiking shoes, at least $10 if you're buying lunch, and you will need a National forest adventure pass to park. I will provide everyone with a map.
Directions: From the 210 head North on Santa Anita Ave. for 1.7 miles and it will turn into Chantry Flats Rd. continue for about another 3.2 miles until you reach the Chantry Flats parking lots.
If you are running late then you might not find parking since the parking lots fill up quick and you might have to park further down on the road, which might cause you to miss us. If you are familiar to the route than you might be able to catch up. I will not be able to check messages if anyone is running late and will be leaving at 6:40A.M. We will be meeting near the restrooms. You should see them on the right hand side as you come up to the parking lots.
Carpool: We will meet at REI in Arcadia at 6:00A.M. Leave by 6:05A.M. This will make it easier to get parking at Chantry flats. For those who do not wish to meet here and go straight up to Chantry, please see the above paragraph. (REI 214 N. Santa Anita Ave. Arcadia, CA 91006)
Please be aware that Assistant Organizers, Event Hosts, and support hikers are volunteers and organize hikes without compensation and assume absolutely no responsibility for you or your guests. By signing up for a hike, or any other event organized by this group, you are acknowledging that you are aware and made your guests aware of the risks, dangers, and hazards associated with any outdoor activity, and you accept, and fully assume all such risks, dangers, and hazards, and further agree to release, and discharge the Organizer, Assistant Organizers, and Event Hosts of Los Angeles Hiking Meetup Group from, and against any, and all liability arising from your and your guest's participation in the group activities. Please see the Meetup terms of service agreement http://www.meetup.com/terms/