Ascent of Mount Wilson on 2018-03-16

Climber: Jerry Thomas

Others in Party:Cheryl Thomas
Chuck Stinnett
Date:Friday, March 16, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Mount Wilson
    Elevation:7070 ft / 2154 m

Ascent Trip Report

This is arguably the easiest way to bag Mount Wilson in Red Rock Canyon NCA. The other routes from the east require a lot of extreme scrambling up First Creek or Oak Creek with plenty of exposure on the way. This route is maybe a little longer but has less elevation gain over all and a lot less scrambling. You have to drive up a Forest Road in Lovell Canyon to the end of the road with a small area to park a few cars. From there the route follows an old gravel road which disappears into a wash. Following the wash up you must take a small wash forking off to the right. Check the GPS track to follow this route. You basically follow this route up until it ends on a small rounded ridge with a use trail on it. Follow the trail to the main limestone ridgeline. Do not follow the ascent route on the GPS track at this point. On the descent we found a small cairned trail on the north side of First Creek Overlook Peak (prov). This was by far the easiest route. So, once reaching the top of the ridge follow it north until you see a cairn with a steep scree slope. This is the route down. It doesn't look good at this point but it does get much better. Follow my descent track and you should be able to find a small cairned use trail which just skirts First Creek Overlook Peak to the north. Follow the small trail until you reach the main saddle. From here you can follow use trails along the top of the saddle until you reach the sandstone. Once on the sandstone there is a cairned route to the summit.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2591 ft / 789 m
    Total Elevation Loss:2591 ft / 789 m
    Round-Trip Distance:7.6 mi / 12.2 km
    Grade/Class:class 2
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Snow on Ground, Scramble
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1963 ft / 598 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 1385 ft / 422 m; Extra: 578 ft / 176m
    Loss on way in:578 ft / 176 m
    Distance:3.8 mi / 6.1 km
    Route:Lovell Canyon
    Start Trailhead:Lovell Canyon  5685 ft / 1732 m
    Time:3 Hours 3 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:2013 ft / 613 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 1385 ft / 422 m; Extra: 628 ft / 191m
    Gain on way out:628 ft / 191 m
    Distance:3.8 mi / 6.1 km
    End Trailhead:5685 ft / 1732 m
    Time:3 Hours 
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Jerry Thomas
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