Ascent of Mount Wilson on 2013-04-04

Climber: Vic Hanson

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Thursday, April 4, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Mount Wilson
    Elevation:5445 ft / 1659 m

Ascent Trip Report

From US Hwy 93, mile marker 6, turn northeast (right) on Black Joe Mine Road (you won't see this name until you drive a little ways). I drove about 1/2 mile until I came to a steep hill where the road got rough. I have a truck camper so decided to park at the bottom of that hill. From there I walked the road about 2 miles to the dead end spur going left and followed Dennis Poulin's directions - cross the wash and go up the ridge, there is a faint use path in places. You can go around some of the minor peaks or over them depending on your preference, I didn't follow the exact same route on the way down. Sometimes it seemed easier to stay on the ridge rather than to traverse around the peaks on the way down. It took me 2:24 going up, spent about 30 minutes on top and 1:55 coming down. The GPS showed .4 miles shorter coming down, but that seems strange, the route didn't seem that much different.

It was a beautiful day with great views from the top.

Strava GPS track and details are here:
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:3246 ft / 989 m
    Total Elevation Loss:3246 ft / 989 m
    Round-Trip Distance:9.2 mi / 14.8 km
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Open Country, Scramble
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Warm and sunny
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:3246 ft / 989 m
    Distance:4.8 mi / 7.7 km
    Route:Road, SW ridge
    Start Trailhead:Black Joe Mine Rd  2199 ft / 670 m
    Time:2 Hours 24 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:3246 ft / 989 m
    Distance:4.4 mi / 7.1 km
    Route:Road, SW ridge
    End Trailhead:Black Joe Mine Rd  2199 ft / 670 m
    Time:1 Hours 55 Minutes

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