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3.28.11 – chantry/sturtevant trail to mt wilson and down upper winter creek

3.11.11 – Manzanita Ridge via Chantry/Upper Winter Creek

2.16.11 – eaton canyon visitor center to idlehour campground

2.7.11 – recovery hike, from chantry to one mile past sturtevant camp

sturtevant falls hike from chantry flat

Mt Wilson via Mt Wilson Trail/Sierra Madre

crest hwy drive from wrightwood to sunland

My family is in town and has really never seen mountains up close – so I decided to take them and Laura for a drive.   We drove through some pretty cloudy/foggy areas, but other areas were clear.   anything over about 7k was clear.   The temps ranged from about 48 degrees down to 43 degrees or so.   No wind.   Mt Wilson was foggiest and we couldn’t see more than 8 feet in front of the car.   Laura got some cool shots of the Station Fire burn areas.   Check out the pix below.

eaton canyon to idlehour TH via mt wilson toll road – in the rain – BRRR

I wanted to hike today, since this is really the only day I’ll have available for hiking for at least a week.   However – 1. it was supposed to rain (or snow in the uppers) and 2. i couldn’t get anyone else to come with.   therefore, i decided to do mount wilson toll road, as this is a fairly familiar trail for me and would be safe from flash floods or what-not.

i got out at about 10am or so.   i parked in the eaton canyon lot and walked down the normal eaton canyon trail to the toll road/bridge.   from there, i just went up…up…up.   i saw exactly three hikers on the way up.   well, 2.   the other person was a guy in carharts and holding a crossbow.   as i went up, up, and up, i entered into increasingly overcast conditions.   i arrived at henninger flats after about 70 minutes and was completely surrounded by fog…and cold.   the temp at henninger was easily 10 degrees less than the eaton lot; i’d guess it was about 55 or so.   add in the rain and that means it was COLD.   i was trying out a new rain shell jacket and pants.   the pants did great, especially with my ex-offio’s, but the jacket didn’t fare so well.   in fact, i was pretty soaked.   and cold.

i pushed on past henninger and got to the idlehour trailhead, which is a bit under 5 miles from the eaton lot.   at this point in time, i decided to abandon my goal of summitting wilson in the rain.   however, i still wanted a double digit distance total, so i went on a bit further, and then turned around.   nothing really exciting to report, honestly.   just walking in the rain 🙂

there were a couple cool things out there, however.  for one, i was able to try out my brand new garmin 310xt and LOVED it.   seriously, every hiker needs one.   how could i have gotten to this place in life without one?!   so now i can add maps and other data into these posts.   yay.   also, autumn is beginning for the trees off of the toll road.   i saw lots of oranges and yellows and reds.   i’d guess that in a couple weeks, that place will be an autumn wonderland!

Garmin Connect – Details (<–trip log, etc…)