Wilson Peak  
Condition Updates  
 
Route: Southwest Ridge
Posted On: 2020-10-23, By: msparks2104
Info: Silver Pick Road and Rock of Ages trail in great shape. Made it all the way to the top of Wilson Peak without touching snow at all. I have to say tho, the condition of the Rock of Ages trail in Navajo Basin is absolutely terrible. Route finding can be tough because of the layout of the main trail is in serious need of a rebuild. While the trail management decided to put no less than 8 Rock of ages signs below this point there is a serious lack of signage at this point. You will see an old mining/rough brick built structure near the critical junction. Follow a few cairns looking straight ahead and go up the terrible hill going left. Good luck all. 
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Route: Rock of Ages Approach
Posted On: 2020-10-18, By: pboldt94
Info: Clear of snow all the way to the summit. A little bit of wind on some of the scrambling around 13,500. Great conditions for this time of the year. 
 
Route: Rock of Ages Approach
Posted On: 2020-10-09, By: mtn_meesh
Info: Beautiful aspens on the drive up to the trail head, we encountered very little snow only little pockets where no sun shines. North slopes of Mt. Wilson and El Diente still have quite a bit of snow... The trail is very well marked the entire way, and essentially completely dry other than easily avoidable snow pockets in the shade. One of the switchbacks on the way up to the first saddle appears to be snow covered from the bottom, but is dry where you actually walk. Wonderful hike. 
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Route: Southwest Ridge
Posted On: 2020-10-05, By: Ecocrazy
Info: Parked at Woods Lake (beautiful). Road is no problem for 2wd sedan. Some nice changing aspens at and after the lake. Navajo Basin beautiful in fall colors. Had considered doing Deinte->Mt Wilson but there is a lot of snow on that north face. Diente's NW Buttress looked pretty dry and the ridge might be doable, but the descent off Mt Wilson looked super sketchy from a distance. Almost no snow on Wilson Peak, there's a small snowfield, maybe 20 feet, at the bottom of the 50' downclimb on the summit ridge, but you can stay above it. Descended down the Rock of Ages basin, which has some neat mining artifacts, but was a long slog over mining roads and paths made of ~6" rocks. The Elk Creek section was pretty nice (great to be on dirt trail again) with views into aspen fields. Route map here, send me a message if you want the GPX file. https://www.strava.com/activities/4157050977 
 
Route: Rock of Ages Approach
Posted On: 2020-10-05, By: Idaho1
Info: Attempted Wilson Peak turning around at the false summit. Some ice/snow on the down climb from the false summit. Had micro spikes but decided to turn around. The trail from silver pick mine to the saddle is difficult to find due to sections with damage by freezing/thaw cycles. This is a difficult class 3 in my opinion, especially from saddle to summit. Route from false summit to peak looks intimidating. Hazy skies and virtually no wind. Road to trailhead easy 2wd access. 
 
Route: Southwest Ridge
Posted On: 2020-09-28, By: swshrader
Info: Mostly dry/summer conditions until the false summit/crux. There I would highly recommend microspikes/crampons. There were probably 20 people at the false summit today that didn't get the summit because of their footwear. It is slightly hairy in that area, I would say Class 3+, but doable. Summit is beautiful and fall colors are popping right now! 
 
Route: Southwest Ridge
Posted On: 2020-09-26, By: Snow_Dog_frassati
Info: Snow still in the crux - agree that micros are still a must at this point. Plan on snow. Ill post pictures later. Also, juat a reminder after some things we witnessed today, please take this hike seriously. Its advertised as easier than Mt Wilson but still has very serious terrain. 
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Route: Southwest Ridge
Posted On: 2020-09-20, By: terrysrunning
Info: A few hundred vertical feet of snow gaining the saddle from where the mining road from ROA ends, but I didn't use traction going up. Dry after the saddle (or if you're coming from the other side, also dry) all the way to the false summit. Snow in the cruxy parts after that. Some people bailed at that point. Traction *much* safer at that point. Coming down I was happy to have traction after the ROA saddle, but probably not strictly necessary. I saw a guy do it in shoes but he wasn't happy... 
 
Route: Southwest Ridge
Posted On: 2020-09-06, By: alpinenut
Info: We climbed from ROA to Summit today. There is a way around all the trenches everyone is complaining about. On the way up we followed the track I circled in Green. We're going to call that Mindy's Variation . Go that way on the way up and down. On the way down we followed the 14ers route and ended up having to cross those ditches. Agree not fun. Also the 14ers route suggests that you go right and up at that sign in the route pictures. Don't do that. Follow our track that follows the road which goes past the old cabin. The Blue Line on my picture is the 14ers Route. If you want my GPX file, PM me. It won't let me upload on the Peak Conditions report. 
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Route: Southwest Ridge
Posted On: 2020-08-28, By: CoHi591
Info: Just adding to the pile of reports warning that the Rock of Ages approach is really unpleasant. Trail is hard or impossible to follow higher up, even in daylight, and mostly consists of steep loose scree. Would recommend a hundred times over just taking the Navajo approach, the added mileage and elevation are worth it for the nice trail and much better scenery. If you take RoA, we found it best to just hike straight up/down the scree before the most prominent drainage ditch, finding a good place to cross it seemed tough. 
 
Route: Southwest Ridge
Posted On: 2020-08-21, By: ncxhjhgvbi
Info: It is definitely hard to tell where the right trail is going up, but there are no good options either way. We turned left on a social trail described by a few below, which was loose and steep. It was hard to find a good way to regain the proper trail and just went up until we found it. We took what seems to be the main trail down (definitely seems better established and closest to the GPX track) and crossed the drainage ditches. Crossing back over the last ditch was harder to deal with than anything else on the route all day. There is nothing solid to hold on to or step on when dropping into the ditch, no easy way to cross the middle of it, and few options for exit that don't involve sliding back into the ditch. You must use a lot of caution here and be deliberate - when on the walls of the ditch it seems like everything below you and above you is going to let go and send you down with it. Picture attached. 
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Route: Rock of Ages Approach
Posted On: 2020-08-07, By: rcpelikan
Info: I wish I had seen these peak reports before attempting to summit Wilson Peak yesterday. I eventually got to the Rock of Ages saddle around 11 AM, but with my relative inexperience, I knew I could not summit and be off the peak by noon, so I turned around. As the GPX files for the RoA approach are currently marked, at the south end of Silver Pick basin during the long switchback before the saddle, they cross at least 3 snow drainage ditches which are horrible, filled with sand and loose rock. I made the mistake of trying to cross one and wound up sliding a significant portion down the ditch, at risk of cliffing out. Once you enter one of these drainage ditches, I feel the route difficulty progresses to Class 2. This route needs better trail definition around the Silver Pick mine. I thought the sign in Photo 9 was confusing, because the trail off of the mining road (towards the wooden planks and metal pipes?) was not obvious compared to continuing along the mining road, which would have brought you behind the collapsed stone shack anyway. The proper point at which to begin tracking uphill before the final switchback should be clarified with respect to the drainage ditches. 
 
Route: Rock of Ages Approach
Posted On: 2020-08-03, By: jaslade
Info: The trail sign in picture #9 in the trail description indicates that you want to stay on the road instead of turning right (it says Rock of Ages with an arrow pointing toward the road), which will bring you to the stone house instead of above it. We ended up staying on the road past the house and then had to follow one of the snow drainage ditches up to the actual trail. Just past the stone house there appears to be a trail segment that takes you up to the mine and meets up with the trail to the saddle, which may be a better option. On the way back we followed the the upper trail section, but it crosses 3 of these drainage ditches which are extremely loose and deep, use caution when crossing them as rock and sand will slide above and below you. The farthest east one (the third one when descending) is the worst of them. Also, note on the decent the trail looks like it switch backs at the mine. Do not take the switch back, it heads back to the drainage ditch, but is much more steep, loose, and deep. You will not be able to cross it safely at this point; the drainage is a good 6 to 8 feet deep and very unstable. 
 
Route: Southwest Ridge
Posted On: 2020-07-26, By: SARAH342
Info: Great conditions! If you like rocks...well then this hike is for you. Note: VERY easy to get off the hiking trail and onto a old, wide mining road. If you do this, you may overshoot the turn off to begin ascending by about a quarter mile. Obviously having the trail map downloaded will help, but also keep an eye out for the turn off to the right as you enter the end of the valley. We got severely hailed on on our way down at about 10am so starting early is a must here. Excellent scrambling at the top with some spicy exposure. We saw about 4 rockfalls while we were out including a MASSIVE one on a neighboring peak that started at the actual summit and was about as loud as thunder - so bring your helmets y'all! 
 
Route: Southwest Ridge
Posted On: 2020-07-13, By: sailingstar22
Info: Great day on Wilson Peak. Essentially snow free with the exception of a few drifts in the ROA approach. We used microspikes, but you can also hike around them. The second snowfield is completely avoidable if you stay on the route (deceptively there are footprints through it and a trail leading up to it, though no trail, horrible scree and mud on the exit). Note: stay on the trail going north for longer before switching back to the ridge to avoid. Final pitches of the peak were fun and agree that the pictures make them look worse than they are. Initially upon seeing the ascent of the peak at the false summit it look daunting, but once under it, much easier than anticipated. 
 
Route: Rock of Ages Approach
Posted On: 2020-07-13, By: emily_m
Info: There are a couple small snowfields to cross, but even in the morning I got across them without putting my micro spikes on, only using poles for stability. They might not be super fun without poles when they are so icy, so if you don't have poles but have micro spikes, putting them in may make you more comfortable. In late morning they are softer and no problem. Other than those little bits, route is summer conditions. There is a section of the trail near the ROA saddle myself and many others have gotten confused on - there is a large snowfield with well worn steps in it after a “trail” like section that is extremely steep and loose but not actually the trail. The trail actually switchbacks a fair distance away from the saddle before traversing above this large snowfield, and does not go straight up the mountain side. On the actual trail there is a minor snowfield to cross, but no where near as large as the lower one many have traversed. The first photo shows the trail above the large snowfield, while the second shows the small snowfield to cross on the upper trail. 
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Route: Southwest Ridge
Posted On: 2020-07-05, By: cmbaker
Info: Started climbing from ROA around 4:15 am. Had a bluebird day till around 10am - word to the wise, this storm formed right over the mountain and started earlier than you'd expect. Everyone up there got caught in several hours of lightning and hail. Snow was passable with no traction, though microspikes would have been helpful. Was warm enough the night before to not be too icy before dawn. Great route, enjoy! 
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Route: Southwest Ridge
Posted On: 2020-07-03, By: mtnkub
Info: Left the ROA TH around 5:30 am, and wished i brought ice axe and microspikes (well, crampons, since i don't have microspikes). At that time, snow was frozen and previous foot prints iced over. Went around the first 2 snow fields (around 11,400ft in Silver Pick Basin; esp the second one required too much effort to do so). The last long snow field before the ROA (around 12,800 ft) is not as steep, but was still borderline for comfort without traction for me. 
 
Route: Southwest Ridge
Posted On: 2020-06-29, By: austinpavlas
Info: Summited late in the day after the ED and MT. No snow from the RoA saddle to the summit. See my ED report for the RoA approach conditions. 
 
Route: Southwest Ridge
Posted On: 2020-06-26, By: Christensenje
Info: Summer conditions. No ice axe or traction needed. Some snow crossing in the basin that can make it hard to stay on trail but if you understand your end goal (the rock of ages saddle) you'll be fine. 

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