Starting at the west side of Mount Wilson’s 5, 710-foot summit, this challenging loop drops nearly 3,000 feet in the first 6 miles and includes steep drop-offs, precarious footing, and ridgeline trails.
Head down the Kevore Camp Trail. The forested summits of Mount Markham, San Gabriel, and Mount Lowe appear to the left after only a short distance. The trail follows Mount Wilson’s north-facing slope, and then switchbacks up to Strayns Canyon. Enter Strayns Canyon’s gulch and follow the low-lying ridge to the left of the canyon. Occidental Peak is directly west.
After crossing Strayns Canyon Creek, pass through a dense pine forest before reaching open shrubland. Turn right onto the Gabrielino Trail. You’ll slowly descend another ridge and arrive at the San Gabriel River’s West Fork. The next few miles offer no less than four boulder-hopping, river-crossing opportunities. The twisting trail begins to climb toward 4, 115-foot Newcomb Pass and back to the Mount Wilson summit.
-Mapped by Casey Schreiner