Mount Wilson

A steep, technical shuttle run down Mount Wilson of epic proportions.

Mountain Biking Severe

Distance
11 km
Ascent
64 m
Descent
1.5 km
Low Point
319 m
High Point
1.7 km
Gradient
19˚
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Description

Mount Wilson offers a legal, shuttleable enduro singletrack descent of absolutely epic proportions! Along with its neighbor Mount Lowe, the trails in this zone drop from the crest of the mountain range all the way down to the outskirts of the Los Angeles megalopolis. To get to the top, either cajole a friend or family member into driving you up, or book a commercial shuttle from one of several local shuttle companies.

While Mount Wilson's name rings louder than Mount Lowe in the mouths of local mountain bikers, the trail down Mount Wilson is downright difficult on a mountain bike. Tight, exposed singletrack traverses the steep mountainside, turning abruptly in switchbacks that only the craftiest of bike handlers can feasibly navigate. Rock up-and-overs along with burly rock gardens and ledge drops—all with that same mountainside exposure—demand total confidence and control over your mountain bike.

In comparison to Mount Lowe where you can basically just let-er-rip, Mount Wilson is a downhill tech fest that drops to slow speeds despite the massive amount of elevation loss. It's also quite popular with hikers, so be aware of other trail users when the speeds do pick up on the occasional open straight away.

While Mount Wilson is by no means easy, the temptation of over 4,700 feet of sustained descending is a treat too tantalizing for most mountain bikers to pass up!

Difficulty

Severe

Widely variable, narrow trail tread with steeper grades and unavoidable obstacles of 15in/38cm tall or less. Obstacles may include unavoidable bridges 24in/61cm wide or less, large rocks, gravel, difficult root sections, and more. Ideal for advanced-level riders.

Extreme Exposure

4 out of 4

Some trail sections are extremely exposed where falling will almost certainly result in serious injury or death.

Remoteness

2 out of 4

Away from help but easily accessed.

Best time to visit

January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December

Features

  • Technical
  • Hike a bike
  • Shuttle-run
  • Drops
  • Roots
  • Rock Gardens

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