This hike will be cancelled in case of rain or snow.
IF YOU ARE INTERESTED, PLEASE SIGN UP.
Organizers: Kim Thomas, Steve & Sukon
Location: Sierra Madre, CA
Hike difficulty: Advanced, Level 8/10
Distance: 15.6 miles
Elevation Gain: 4700'
Time: 8 hours
Trail condition: mostly double file trail, 80% shade
Water: You must carry a minimum of 3 liters.
Liability Waiver: Required. This is the link. (https://www.hellosign.com/s/a89f5789)
Weather report: Mt Wilson Weather Forecast (http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?lat=34.22315802537976&lon=-118.06260108947754#.Upq1IMRDt8E)
Toilette: At trail head
What to Bring: Hat, hiking poles, sunscreen, energy bar, lunch, snacks, and water. Cosmo Cafe is closed.
Direction: Take the 210 Freeway, exit Baldwin Ave. and go north. Turn left on the first light. Turn right at Baldwin Ave. Continue up Baldwin Ave through downtown Sierra Madre until you reach E Mira Monte Ave. Turn right at E Mira Monte Ave. Our meeting place is at the intersection of E Mira Monte and Mt. Wilson Trail.
Parking: Public and street parking near the intersection of E Mira Monte Ave. and Mt. Wilson Trail.
Our events are free to participate, but not free to organize. If you have enjoyed them and want to see more, please contribute to our cause so that we can organize more fun and adventurous outings.
Suggested Event Contribution: $ 8 (Chip in link) (https://secure.meetup.com/USHiking/contribute/)
In 1864, Benjamin Wilson built the first modern trial in the range to haul down timber for his rancho. The trail climbed 7 miles to the summit which was later named after him. Midway up the trail in a shady glen along side the creek, Wilson built his "Halfway House" as a construction camp for the trail. Later, George Aiden and George Islip homesteaded the site and planted a small grove of fruit and nut trees.
Around 1890 James McNally turned Orchard Camp into a trail resort, and for 50 years it was one of the most popular hostelries in the range. Orchard Camp was abandoned in 1940 and soon after the trail became overgrown and eroded and by 1953 was posted as "Unsafe to travel." Thankfully, a group of Sierra Madre volunteers lead by Bill Wark worked hard to restore the trail which was reopened in 1960.
Profile photo: Anyone interested in joining US Hiking must have a profile photo showing his/her face. This is a requirement of our group. Without it, you will not be allowed to sign up for an event.
Waiting list priority: People who hike with with US Hiking regularly will be given priority when they are on the waiting list.
Advanced hikes: Anyone interested in participating in advanced hikes (>3,000' elevation gain or distance > 10 miles or Difficulty Level > = 7) will be subject to prescreening before his/her name will be added to the list. Therefore, interested hiker must share with the event host his/her recent hiking background to establish proficiency before his/her name will be added to the list.
Early departure: If a hiker needs to be separated from the group for any reason, he/she must inform the event host. Not knowing a hiker's where about may prompt the event host to report a hiker's missing to proper authority for further actions.
No show: If you sign up for an event but did not show up, you will be removed from the next event you sign up.
No minor: Meetup user agreement can not be agreed to by a minor. Therefore, you and your guest must be over 18 to participate in our events.
No drug: Zero tolerance for all illegal drug use.
Warning and Disclaimer:
If you have prior medical condition or a family history of illnesses pertaining to heart, lungs, brain, etc. that can be aggravated by heat and physical exertion, this is not the hike for you.
If you have never done a hike of this distance or difficulty before, this hike will be very difficult for you. It may well be your death march. The mountain is not going anywhere. We will schedule this event again in the future. Do it when your mind and body are ready.
Hiking is a recreation, not a suicide mission.
Release of Liability:
The organizer (me) of this trip is a volunteer and is not a professional guide. The function of the organizer is only to organize this trip. Each person who signs up for a trip/hike/or outing is responsible for his or her own safety and the safety of his or her guests.
By signing up for this trip, or any other event organized by me, you are acknowledging that you are aware and have made your guests aware of the risks, dangers and hazards associated with any outdoor activity and freely accept and fully assume all such risks, dangers and hazards, and further agree to release and discharge the organizer (me) of this hike from and against any and all liability arising from your and your guest's participation in the group activities.
This group, its organizer, assistant organizers, event organizers are not responsible for any injuries or accidents that may occur carpooling to and from this event, or for any injuries or accidents incurred before, during, and after this event. If you sign up or participate in this event you acknowledge that you freely and voluntarily agree to assume all risks of injuries and damages arising from, as a result of and associated with this event.
US Hiking, its organizer, assistant organizers, event organizers are not responsible for any injuries or accidents that may occur carpooling to and from this event, or for any injuries or accidents incurred before, during, and after this event. If you sign up or participate in an event you acknowledge that you freely and voluntarily agree to assume all risks of injuries and damages arising from, as a result of and associated with this event.
In addition, you and your guests are acknowledging that you agree to the Meetup terms of service especially paragraph 6.2: http://www.meetup.com/terms/