9 miles
Distance
5,380 ft
Climb
-1,073 ft
Descent
01:39:26
Avg time
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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.

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More Stats for Mt. Wilson Road bike 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 miles
  • Distance flat
    1,362 ft
  • Avg time
    01:39:26
  • Avg reverse time
    00:47:44
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Status:
on Jun 7, 2019
Very Dry
Avg: 3.35 (3 votes)

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  • Wilderness (typically no bikes in USA)
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  • USFS (Wildlife sanctuaries darker than usfs)
  • State land
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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
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  • Parking Parking
  • Viewpoint Viewpoint
  • Information Information
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  • Directions Directions
  • Water Fountain/Source Water Fountain/Source
  • Sight Sight
  • Restrooms Restrooms
  • Gate Gate
  • Camping Camping
  • Trail Sign Trail Sign
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      Mt. Wilson Road Trail Reports

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      Jun 7, 2019 @ 1:19pm
      Jun 7, 2019
      May 1, 2019 @ 6:48pm
      May 1, 2019
      Aug 29, 2017 @ 1:14pm
      Aug 29, 2017
      Very dry and loose. Watch for trucks, lots of traffic as they work on heniger flat campsite.
      Jan 19, 2017 @ 11:43pm
      Jan 19, 2017
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      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

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      • 4 rides
      • 10 miles avg distance
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      • 12 miles avg distance
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