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|2016-07-16||Route: Rock of Ages Approach
Info: Several (~7) snowfields to cross still left in the basin; a few were steep. Hard and slick in the morning (no problem with microspikes) but easy to kick steps into in the afternoon. As previously noted, past the the basin is snow-free.
|2016-07-09||Route: Southwest Ridge
Info: Totally clear all the way to the summit, no issues with snow/ice. We approached from Bilk, which was challenging due to snow on the east side of Rock of Ages of Saddle.
|2016-07-06||Route: Rock of Ages Approach
Info: Except for a small (about 50') of snow, route is dry from ROA saddle to summit. Lots of snow in Silver Pick basin, especially from rock house up to saddle, but it is possible to find a route mostly on dirt if you are determined. Snow traction and self-arrest equipment would be wise but not absolutely necessary.
|2016-07-03||Route: Rock of Ages Approach
Info: Numerous snowfields in Silver Pick Basin and nearly continuous snow from the rock house to Rock of Ages Saddle. We had mini crampons and ice axe. Upper Navaho basin is still mostly snow. NW ridge route on Mt Wilson is mostly snow free except the expected couloirs. Ice axe for the many steep snow crossings.
|2016-06-29||Route: Southwest Ridge
Info: Climbed from Rock of Ages saddle up. No snow on the initial traverse and scramble around to the SW ridge route. On the upper portion of the SW ridge there are quite a few snow patches that either need to be crossed or rock hopped around. These are melting fast though. the final scramble over the false summit and to the top was snow free though wet when I was there from all the rain. The descent from Rock of Ages saddle back into Silver Pick Basin had a TON of snow on 6/29. I lost the road in the dark numerous times and it took a long time to exit the valley back onto the road where it was clear around 11600ft. There were almost no tracks through Silver Pick Basin when I was there, though more people may have traveled through there since.
|2016-06-18||Route: Southwest Ridge
Info: Wilson Peak ridge is accessible. The crux requires some 4th class mixed moves on snow and looser rock. Doable in crampons with axe, rope not required. Leave early as post holing was a common theme for us. We sumitted around 12 via Navajo lake, which was too late to avoid a slog out. We were hoping to do el diente-Wilson traverse from the north slopes, but there is still a lot of snow up high. North slopes route on el diente will not be fully in for another week or two. Probably doable now with protection but the top of the couloir has a large drift which would require some extremely exposed moves to get over. we scoped the southern slopes on the way out. I am not familiar with those routes but the face was still holding a decent amount of snow. Rock fall didn't seem too bad yet from Navajo like basin.
|2016-06-12||Route: Southwest Ridge
Info: Started from Rock of Ages TH. Little bit of snow on the trail within a few hundred yards of the TH, easily avoidable. Still a ton of snow up in the basin. Fortunately it stayed fairly firm for me even on my decent at 12 noon. Once I got on the SW ridge it was much softer, steeper and a bit of a slog. Ran into a bit of difficulty at the False Summit. I down climbed several time trying to figure out how to get into the snowfield and cross. Fairly smooth going once I got into the snowfield and down climbed around the spire and back up the Crux. On return, plenty of firmer snow on the west side so I continued my decent from the false summit onto the west slope and then descend back into the basin.
|2015-10-10||Route: Southwest Ridge
Info: Overall its quite the trek, quite a bit of snow in the class three parts between the false summit and the true summit. almost the entire trail above timberline is snow covered.
|2015-09-30||Route: Southwest Ridge
Info: I hiked this route from Navajo lake. There was some unwelcome bits of snow in the saddle between the false summit and the real summit but it could be avoided. Fun hike.
|2015-08-31||Route: Southwest Ridge
Info: Started from Rock of Ages Trailhead and got Wilson Peak. Aspens are almost ready for fall colors driving in. A few trees have started to turn, but mostly still green. The creek crossing is very low compared to June 2014 with the spring run off. On the trail, it‘s snow free and dry completely.
|2015-08-28||Route: Southwest Ridge
Info: Mt. Wilson is my 34th fourteener I‘ve climbed this summer and was climbed on the same day I climbed Mt. Wilson (#33). My goal is to climb all of them this summer! You can read more about this hike and others by visiting sunshineof1985.com. Enjoy! This is a fun one! Mount Wilson Route: North Slopes Wilson Peak Route: Southwest Ridge Distance: 19.62 mi. Elevation Gain: 6,770 ft. Time started: 5:45 am End time: 8:05 pm Time to Summit Mt. Wilson from Navajo Trailhead: 5 hours and 35 min. Time to Descend Mt. Wilson to 12,300 ft. in Basin: 1 hour and 20 min. Time to Summit Wilson Peak: 2 hours and 10 minutes Time to Descend Wilson Peak: 1 hour and 30 minutes or less Overall Pace: 1.4 mph *GEAR (to bring): Bear spray, GPS, extra socks, phone, SPOT Satellite Tracker, Map, Topo Map from 14ers.com, hiking boots with 2 pairs of socks on, long-sleeve, wind-guard/raincoat, light weight puffy coat, lightweight gloves, day pack with water sack and extra water (130oz), snacks (Bag of combos, 3 serving beef jerky, 2 Zone Perfect Bars, 1/2 sandwich bag of trails-mix, granola bar). *Road Condition: The road is a very nice dirt road. Typical pot holes and small rocks, but my sedan was able to make it all the way to the trailhead with ease. *Trail Condition: Navajo Trailhead: Muddy throughout, but because of the rain mostly. It should dry up within the next couple days. Easy to follow. Wilson:98% snow free, but avoidable. Dry. The worst loose rock I have experienced (worse than Maroon). The cairns past 13,300 are invisible, so print off pictures from 14ers.com. They were very helpful and helped me stay right on track. Wilson Peak: Nice and easy from 12,300 in Navajo Basin to 13,000 saddle. From here, the 14ers.com directions are vague at best. Read below for more direction. The rocks were loose, but not as bad as Mt. Wilson.
|2015-08-13||Route: Southwest Ridge
Info: Just a courtesy update. One small patch of snow on Rock of Ages Approach. No gear needed. Everything is good to go on way to summit. Happy hiking.
|2015-07-29||Route: Southwest Ridge
Info: The Rock of Ages approach is almost free of snow up to the saddle and ridge. A few small patches remain, but they are avoidable. No traction is required. At 7am, any remaining snow was very solid. By 11am, 2-3" kick steps were possible. The 200ft between the false summit and the actual summit is completely dry.
|2015-07-22||Route: Southwest Ridge
Info: The route is dry until shortly below the cabin. Plan on crossing 4-5 small snow fields. I kick stepped with trail runners. Beyond the saddle the trail is dry. Micro spikes an axe and a helmet would most definitely be sufficient. Snow is a little soft on the early afternoon.
|2015-07-04||Route: Southwest Ridge
Info: Trail from Rock of Ages TH to treeline is 100% snow free. There are a few (3?) snowfields blocking the road from here to the cabin, but all are easy to cross. From the cabin to the first saddle, it is still almost continuous snow. We did not use microspikes until the traverse under the ridge to the saddle, but many following us managed in trail runners and plain boots using our steps. Majority of the snowfields in this section were fairly firm & stable around 8:30am when we crossed them; however, we did posthole thigh-waist deep in a few spots. Remaining route from 13,000 ft and above is almost all snow free. There are some spots with snow to cross along the upper route to the false summit, but no spikes necessary. The downclimb off the false summit still holds some snow, but is mostly avoidable with careful route finding. Final climb up to true summit is snow free. For our descent, we glissaded shortly after we got off the saddle to Silver Pick Basin. It eliminated the need to traverse back across the softening snow. Items to bring for any attempt in the near future: microspikes for traversing snow fields; gaitors for inevitable postholing (an extra change of socks isn‘t a bad idea); ice axe for a fun glissade down to the basin. Weather: Thunderstorms seen in the distance at 5:30am, with approaching storms from the northwest. Waited at treeline as the sun rose to see them dissipate on radar. Thunderclouds building on summit at 10:15am. Didn‘t spend too long up there. Back to car at 2:15pm just as the skies opened and rain poured down (along with thunder and lightening almost directly above the trailhead).
|2015-07-01||Route: Southwest Ridge
Info: Although the lower part is mostly melted out, there is still continuous snow between the stone cabin and the Rock of Ages Saddle--this snow is rotten and postholing is almost a given. However, the snow above the Rock of Ages saddle is intermittent and fairly manageable.
|2015-06-21||Route: Rock of Ages Approach
Info: Climbed Wilson Peak from Rock of Ages TH this AM. Carried slow (I mean snow) shoes and actually had to put them on about 12,500 in the basin and wore them up to the saddle. Even at 8:15 AM, basin was slushy. Most of W ridge is dry, but there are some snowfields that have to be crossed on the east side approach. On descent, I bypassed most of the snowfields up high as I was worried about wet slides after they baked all morning. A bit trickier on the rock, but worth it. There is some snow in the crux section about 13,900. I donned crampons for this stretch on ascent and descent to be safe. Glissaded down from rock of ages saddle in an attempt to get off the higher angle snow as quickly as I could.
|2015-05-20||Route: Rock of Ages Approach
Info: Road was in good shape within 2 miles of the TH. Storm layer and drift snow immediately after the last turn. Coverage on the remaining 2 mile except for the a short stretch of the incline after crossing Big Bear Creek. Creek crossing is an ice bridge, no water passing. The Rock of Ages Approach is chest high snow swimming within a quarter mile of the TH. I did not climb Wilson Peak that day, scouting the TH at sunset. Met a group of skiers that skied center straight from the top of Wilson Peak. They found a 5 foot rock band in the descent where they had to sidestep.
|2015-03-25||Route: Coors line
Info: I know that there are at least a few people interested in skiing the Coors line on Wilson Peak soon. I got a picture of it a day after I skied Mt. Wilson and South Wilson (I hope to get a tr up soon), and I thought I‘d share with everyone. I skied the Coors line back in 2011 in much better snow conditions and still got my tips and tails hung up on rocks in the narrow steep exit. However, there is a bail out option half way down that takes a descending traverse to skiers left. I think I will wait for some more snow before going for seconds. Hope this helps.
|2014-09-10||Route: Southwest Ridge
Info: I climbed Wilson Peak today in beautiful weather. There was a lot of rain over the past 72 hours and it has washed away the Rock of Ages trail in three places along the final section. You can cross them, just be careful. There was a little snow beginning about 12,500‘ and it was melting by the time I was descending. Further up the peak the snow ranged from 1 to 6 inches deep depending on how it had drifted. It only became an issue from the false summit to the true summit. I had microspikes but would have preferred crampons. I went very slowly, testing every step and handhold before relying on them.