addressalign-toparrow-leftarrow-rightbackbellblockcalendarcameraccwcheckchevron-downchevron-leftchevron-rightchevron-small-downchevron-small-leftchevron-small-rightchevron-small-upchevron-upcircle-with-checkcircle-with-crosscircle-with-pluscrossdots-three-verticaleditemptyheartexporteye-with-lineeyefacebookfolderfullheartglobegmailgooglegroupshelp-with-circleimageimagesinstagramFill 1linklocation-pinm-swarmSearchmailmessagesminusmoremuplabelShape 3 + Rectangle 1ShapeoutlookpersonJoin Group on CardStartprice-ribbonShapeShapeShapeShapeImported LayersImported LayersImported Layersshieldstartickettrashtriangle-downtriangle-uptwitteruserwarningyahoo

Mount Wilson from Chantry Flat (Western San Gabriel Mtns. Series #1)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hike Organizer: Paul Kemp

Location: Chantry Flat Recreation Area, Angeles National Forest

Hike Difficulty: Strenuous, 7/10 (not for beginners)

Distance: 13 1/2 miles round trip

Elevation Gain: 3900 feet (total)

Time: 6-8 hours

This is the first in a trilogy of hikes in the next three weekends to prominent peaks in the western San Gabriel Mountains: Mount Wilson (5,713'), Mount Lowe (5,603'), and San Gabriel Peak (6161'). Details for the latter two hikes will appear soon. Mr. Lee Zeebold is offering a $1 million bonus for any person completing all three hikes!

Hike Description: The trail goes from Chantry Flat to Winter Creek, then climbs up steeply thru a dense forest of big-cone spruce and oak to the Winter Creek-Little Santa Anita divide, where it joins the Old Mount Wilson Trail at Manzanita Ridge and continues on to the toll road and Mount Wilson summit.

Sadly, the universe-famous Cosmic Cafe, prefered watering hole of many a celebrated extraterrestrial, is still closed for the winter but we will eat lunch on its fine wooden tables before crossing the Observatory grounds to the top of Sturtevant Trail. The return to Chantry Flat follows the Sturtevant Trail down the steep switchbacks of the east slope of Mount Wilson past Sturtevant Camp, Spruce Grove, on to the Gabrielano Trail and down into Big Santa Anita Canyon. The last part of the hike ascends the fire road back to Chantry Flat.

This is a strenuous hike NOT for beginners - 13 1/2 miles is a long way if you haven't been hiking for a while, or you have only been hiking short distances from your couch to the refrigerator! Make sure that you wear appropriate footwear, bring at least 3 liters of water (you can refill your containers at the top), copious amounts of sweet snacks to munch along the way, and lunch. The temperature on Mount Wilson will probably be on the cold side so bring something warm to wear when we stop on the summit.

Directions: The parking situation at Chantry Flat usually sucks so there will be a carpool meeting point at REI in Arcadia at 7.45 am. From the 210 freeway exit on Santa Anita Avenue, go south for a quarter mile and REI will be on your left. Meet at the north end of the parking lot, for those people carpooling you may want to park on the adjacent street. The meeting time is 7.45 am, leaving promptly at 8, and we will take as few cars as possible up to Chantry Flat. For those not wishing to carpool, meet at the Chantry Flat trail head, lower parking lot, at 8.30am. All vehicles require a National Forest Adventure Pass to park at Chantry Flat ($5 cost).

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me.

Join or login to comment.

  • Shine

    Paul, Thanks & all the wonderful hikers :)

    February 25, 2013

  • Paul

    Sun, snow, and a great group of hikers for the day!

    February 25, 2013

  • Rem

    Very challenging and very rewarding. Great group of people!

    February 25, 2013

  • Amanda S.

    I thought I signed up for this, and I guess I did not. I hope you can do this one again soon while it is still snowing. It looked like everyone had a fantastic time.

    February 24, 2013

  • Wendy

    Paul,
    You were a fantastic guide. Thanks so much for putting this together.
    To all my trail mates on this hike... It was great to meet you all and hopefully we'll all meetup again. =)

    February 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Paul, thank you for leading this hike. Great weather, and fantastic views of snow capped mountains along the way. Fun group of hikers. Looking forward to doing this reverse hike when the Cosmic Cafe opens in the spring :)

    February 23, 2013

  • Ana

    Challenging but fun!

    February 23, 2013

  • Mylene

    Sorry I'm missing this.

    February 23, 2013

  • Wendy

    Thanks see you at lower lot.

    February 23, 2013

  • Wendy

    I'll go if Paul thinks I can do it... see e-mail. Thanks.

    February 21, 2013

    • Paul

      Wendy, I didn't receive an email from you but come along anyway.

      February 22, 2013

  • Jose

    On call....

    February 22, 2013

  • David

    Will be at Rei Acadia as well with Brian. Looking forward to this one!

    February 22, 2013

  • rosa

    I'll meet you at REI too.

    February 22, 2013

  • Shine

    Paul, see you at REI parking lot :)

    February 21, 2013

  • Rem

    I'm in! I'll meet at the carpool, REI Arcadia.

    February 21, 2013

  • Mylene

    I'll meet at the carpool place

    February 21, 2013

  • Tim

    Hate to miss this...in San Diego all weekend. Look forward to the next one.

    February 21, 2013

10 went

Our Sponsors

Sign up

Meetup members, Log in

By clicking "Sign up" or "Sign up using Facebook", you confirm that you accept our Terms of Service & Privacy Policy