Ascent of Mount Wilson on 2017-04-25

Climber: jeff branin

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Tuesday, April 25, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Wilson
    Elevation:7070 ft / 2154 m

Ascent Trip Report

From West of Mountain Springs I drove a total of 5 miles from Hwy 160 on Lovell Canyon Road and the approach dirt road, 540, to the TH. The 3 mile run on Lovell Canyon Road is blacktop. The 2 mile crawl on the approach road is dirt and rock. Made it in a 2wd passenger car although I had to stop a couple times to move rocks. No sign at the tee with Lovell Canyon Road, but up the dirt road a short bit is a sign with a six digit number, last three 540.

The approach road ends an a small parking area and a boulder barrier. I hiked on beyond the barrier continuing on the road which devolved into a wash. Followed the wash for a while and then followed a user trail that paralleled the main wash on the left/west side. At some point I should have abandoned the user trail and traveled east and up towards the First Creek Overlook Peak, but I didn't and wound up finally heading east up the drainage that comes down thru the RE in RECREATION on the topo map. I left the drainage and climbed more northward towards two rocky points that looked like horns. I angled towards the southern one and scrambled up and beyond it following the ridge to X2198T which had a good sized cairn built on its high point.

Heading south towards First Creek Overlook Peak I soon passed a photogenic arch just below the rim. At the final saddle before the ascent of First Creek Overlook Peak there is a small fire ring. A user trail departs from the ring heading side slope below FCOP towards the saddle with Wilson. The trail was initially level with steeper downslopes awaiting nearer the saddle. The trail itself was easy to follow. Likewise the route from the saddle to the summit of Wilson went smoothly. Register and geodestic markers on the summit and awesome views. Was entertained by two fixed wing aircraft dogfighting and stunt flying up and down the range and in and out of the canyons.

On the way back I took a more direct route up the saddle towards the summit of FCOP. I was able to follow a faint trail and cairns and emerge just north of the summit. Occasional class 3 moves were needed. Nothing airy though.

I took a steep ridge back down to the main drainage and then back to the car. Long day for me: 8 hours. Lots of scrambling and off trail slogging.
Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack, Scramble

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