Meet at 12 PM, but leave at 12:15 PM. We'll meet in the parking lot by the Nature Center (the only building there). Don't park in the parking lot since it closes at sunset. Park above in the residential area.
There are 3 options for this hike:
Just hiking to Henninger Flats & returning. Only come up with us to Henninger Flats.You can easily find your way back to the parking lot. That is an moderately paced 6 miles round trip, 1400 ft gain hike on a horse trail and fire road-the historic Mt Wilson Toll Road--most of it is a fire road (wide trails). This is 3 hours hike. There are outstanding views of LA basin/ San Gabriel Valley. The top of the hike has pine trees, campground, nature center/museum, picnic tables, water, vending machine, restrooms and an experimental nursery! This is a hard hike! Past Henninger Flats. Want to burn a pound or more of fat? This hike will do it! I have a guarantee on this hike. You'll burn a pound or your $ back. LOL. We're going to go on a hike past Henninger Flats. We'll take a break there. From Henninger Flats, there is a fireoad that takes you to Mt. Wilson--I'm not going to Mt. Wilson. You/group is welcomed to do it. There is an observatory up there. I've never done this fireroad beyond Henninger Flats. This will be exploratory hike for me too. I'll bring a map. We'll stick with the fireroad. We're going to hike until around sunset/dark. We'll see how far we get to Mt. Wilson. We probably will not go to Mt. Wilson.This is an extremely hard hike! It can be up to 18-19 miles RT from Eaton Canyon to Mt Wilson and all of it is up hill–a climb of 4800 ft!!!!! We'll see lots of pine trees along the way. We'll be hiking in Angeles National Forest. Hike & Camping: Hike with us to Mt Wilson part/most of the way, but camp at Henninger Flats! It is FREE to camp there! There are outstanding views of LA basin/ San Gabriel Valley. The top of the hike has pine trees, campground, nature center/museum, picnic tables, water, vending machine, restrooms and an experimental nursery! If you decide to do this, please let me know by the end of Feb. by writing in the comments section. I'll try to make reservations for everyone--if they have space. Don't email me since it is difficult to keep track. I'm not camping up there. Must bring your own camping gear/food.
Must bring lots of water, hiking boots,flash lights, extra pair of socks, sweater and food! Must be in good health. We may be coming back in the dark so must dress warmly. No beginners!
There is a warning about falling rocks and landslides--hike at your own risk. I've hiked it several times & haven't had any problems.