Who is ready for a challenging hike? Join us as we "Officially" start our training for our goal of conquering Mt Whitney. This is the 1st of the 6 pack of Peaks (This is a series of six progressively strenuous day hikes up progressively more difficult peaks in Southern California. Done in sequence, these hikes are an excellent part of a training program that will prepare you for hiking Mount Whitney or other big, high-altitude adventures.)
We will be scheduling the remaining 5 plus other hikes from now until our Whitney hike date of August 20th.
We will be meeting at The Starbucks in the Village of Irvine (38 Prism, Irvine, Ca 92618) at 6:00am sharp. Please on time. We will carpool over to Sierra Madre (about an hours drive) where we will begin our hike at the Chantry Flats Trailhead. Please bring plenty of water (at least 3 liters), sturdy hiking shoes, layers of clothing and food enough for 2 meals. Sunscreen and head protection are also recommended. As well as hiking poles.
Distance: 14 miles
Top elevation: 5,710 feet
Vertical Gain: 4,200 feet
Time to hike:
4 hours up, 3 hours down. Conservative estimate
"Standing prominently above Pasadena, Mount Wilson is a Southern California landmark. The 5,710 foot summit is home for an observatory responsible for the most detailed photos of Mars as well a vast array of antennae for local LA radio and television stations. While the summit is steeped in astronomical wonder and tremendous views of Los Angeles, the trails are the real beauty of this hike.
There are several trails you can take to the top of Mt. Wilson, but this 14 mile loop is the most beautiful. Start at the Chantry Flats trailhead above Arcadia, and take a one mile detour to view the beautiful Sturtevant Falls. The trailhead can be found at the southern end of the lower parking lot down the steps to the right of the chemical toilets.
Note: this trail is quite popular and fills up early on the weekends. If you get there at 7am, you might find the lot already full. There is overflow parking at the Chantry Flats Pack Station, but they will charge you ($10 when I parked there in Nov. 2009)."