8.8 miles
Distance
5,380 ft
Climb
-1,073 ft
Descent
01:49:20
Avg time
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    Land Manager

Mt. Wilson Road Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
  • Riding Area
    Los Angeles County
    California
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
    Dirt/Gravel Road
  • Bike Type
    AM, XC
  • Trail Usage
    Multi-use
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Climb Difficulty
    Blue
  • Physical Rating
    Hard
  • Season
    Year Round
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • eBike Allowed

The Mt. Wilson Toll Road can take you to a few different trails and destinations, the most obvious of which being the Mt. Wilson Observatory. However, the ride described here takes you Henninger Flats, the closest and "easiest" destination to get to as you climb up and along the Toll Road. The ride in itself is nothing special, just a grueling slog up a steep fire road for almost 3 miles, but the payoff makes the torture worth it. Henninger Flats is a wonderful "oasis" and gem of the lower San Gabes that has water, camp sites, bathrooms, and a ranger/forestry station. Henninger Flats is quite a relaxing spot, where you can enjoy the views of the smog filled city below as you breathe in fresh air, feel the breeze blow through the flats, and laugh at all the suckers below you who have no idea that this place even exists.

Local Trail Association
Traditionally Indigenous Territory
More Stats for Mt. Wilson Road mountain bike trail trail
  • Altitude change
    4,307 ft
  • Altitude min
    1,218 ft
  • Altitude max
    5,646 ft
  • Altitude start
    1,340 ft
  • Altitude end
    5,646 ft
  • Grade
    9.317%
  • Grade max
    -44.738%
  • Grade min
    98.45%
  • Distance climb
    7 miles
  • Distance down
    1 mile
  • Distance flat
    1,362 ft
  • Avg time
    01:49:20
  • Avg reverse time
    01:27:47
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on Jun 12, 2021
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Avg: 3.5 (4 votes)

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      Mt. Wilson Road Trail Reports

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      Jun 12, 2021 @ 4:23pm
      Jun 12, 2021
      All clear. No reservations required now. No trees or rock slides blocking the trail. Just grind that smallest gear for 2 hours!
      Aug 29, 2020 @ 10:28pm
      Aug 29, 2020
      Reservation required and the LA parks site is total trash. Im young and couldn't get the site to work. bring bolt cutters I guess
      Jan 18, 2020 @ 8:43am
      Jan 18, 2020
      in the first 5 miles going from the observatory you will find at least 15 down trees. you just have to go over or under. other than that is a fun...
      Sep 1, 2019 @ 10:15pm
      Sep 1, 2019
      Jun 7, 2019 @ 1:19pm
      Jun 7, 2019
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      1 Review & Comments

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      fvYiFGiIx7 (Oct 17, 2020 at 8:14)
       Entry closed due to covid as of 10/17/20
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