Orchard Camp via Mount Wilson Trail

Highlights: Waterfall, Family Hike, Dog Hike, Stream, Views

  • Near: Sierra Madre, CA
  • Distance: 7 miles round trip
  • Elevation Gain/Loss: 2250 ft.
  • Hike Time: 3 hour
  • Difficulty: 5/10
  • Trail Condition: well maintained trail
  • Trail head map: Click here for Google map
  • Detailed map: Click here
  • Rating: 4/5


The Mount Wilson Trail is one of the finest trails in the Los Angeles area. It’s also close to easy and free parking. You can make a long or short hike of it. The long hike takes you all the way to the top of Mount Wilson. I chose a shorter hike to Orchard Camp which makes a good lunch spot. Try out the First Water Alternate trail on the way back. It’s highly recommended by Ms. “D”. Grab yourself a cup of coffee and dessert at Bean Towne after the hike. It’s one of my favorites.



From Los Angeles – 210 fwy (east) to Baldwin Av. (north) to E. Mira Monte Av. (right) to trailhead.

mount wilson from trail

Mount Wilson From Trail

decker spring waterfall

Decker Spring Waterfall

hopping first water

Hopping First Water


One thought on “Orchard Camp via Mount Wilson Trail

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s