Mt. Wilson  
Click to Expand   
Conditions Information  Posted By   Posted On    Photos  Comments  Likes, Dislikes      
2015-10-10  Route: Southwest Slopes
Info: Snow from 12,500 ft to the summit. I used microspikes un the last 200 ft. 
stbanpiro  2015-10-12   0             
2015-09-29  Route: North Slopes
Info: I came down this route from the El Diente traverse. It was free of snow. Much easier to descend than the Diente slopes. 
addrock528  2015-10-02   0   1          
2015-09-29  Route: Mt. Wilson and El Diente Traverse
Info: A tough traverse. Unlike other reports, I didn‘t find any troublesome snow areas. Only on the Diente ascent did I use my axe a few times. Really, after having done Capitol recently, I would say that the Diente/Wilson traverse plus its ascents and descents was harder than Capitol by itself. Here‘s a link to some footage of the narrows from my Go Pro: 
addrock528  2015-10-02   0             
2015-09-28  Route: Navajo Lake Approach
Info: Great trail. No snow. Excellent camping near Navajo Lake. Aspens are off the hook right now! 
addrock528  2015-10-02   0             
2015-09-24  Route: Mt. Wilson and El Diente Traverse
Info: Climbed El Diente > Mt Wilson from Kilpacker. We stayed on the ridge for 90% of the traverse peak to peak. Snow/hardpack on the north side standard route for El Diente. Snow later in the traverse descending in front of Mt. Wilson, near the north slope trail. Snow sections are 2 to 3 inches deep with hardpack surface, ice bottom layer. You really need spikes. These areas are exposed. We did the standard route climbing El Diente descending a class 4 ridge to connect our traverse. Stay on the ridge as much possible in the traverse! Loaded shelves with loose rock if you contour below. 
WillRobnett  2015-09-26   0             
2015-09-17  Route: Kilpacker Approach
Info: Snow melted out considerably where exposed to sun. Traction would have been appreciated on this day, climber who summited on 9/18 indicated snow avoidable. 
jdegling  2015-09-19   2             
2015-09-06  Route: Kilpacker Approach
Info: Snow last night and the night before. Some ice. The snow is enough to bind the loose rocks and doesn‘t make anything slippery. We summited at 8:45a. Later, when the sun came out it started melting. There are 3 large snowfields from last season. They are perfect for avoiding the loose rock. They‘re easy to walk on on the way up and fast and fun on the way down. Aim for the the snow. 
mspalding  2015-09-07   1             
2015-09-06  Route: Southwest Slopes
Info: The route is in prime condition. Muddy from all the rain below treeline, but it was drying fast. A little snow stuck the night before. Go get it! 
summitridge  2015-09-07   3             
2015-08-31  Route: From Wilson Peak
Info: Didn‘t climb Mt Wilson. From Wilson Peak the area looks mostly snow free. 
WillRobnett  2015-09-05   1             
2015-08-28  Route: North Slopes
Info: Hi my name is Kristina! This is my 33rd fourteener and Wilson Peak is #34 this summer. My goal is to climb all of them this summer. You can read more about this hike and others by visiting! Have fun! Be safe! 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, 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 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 directions are vague at best. Read below for more direction. The rocks were loose, but not as bad as Mt. Wilson. 
Sunshineof1985  2015-08-29   2   1          
2015-08-19  Route: Southwest Slopes
Info: Climbed Mt. Wilson‘s SW Slopes route from Kilpacker and the snow just before the Class 3 terrain is down to just a few small snow fields between 13,100‘ and 13,700‘. I brought microspikes but didn‘t use them although some people might prefer to have them to feel more comfortable on the remaining snow. Another week and you‘ll probably be able to walk around all of the snow. Over the past 2 years, CFI has been working on major trail rerouting and reconstruction below tree line in Kilpacker. They recently opened the new trail and it looks great. Thank you CFI! 
BillMiddlebrook  2015-08-20   5   3          
2015-08-16  Route: Southwest Slopes
Info: This route is pretty well cairned now, I had no trouble finding and staying on route. I thought the climbing was as easy or easier than ED‘s south slope, definitely Class 3 max. I would strongly suggest using crampons/ice axe as the snow fields still fill most of the upper basin and avoiding the snow would make for a tedious climb. 
HikerGuy  2015-08-18   1   3          
2015-08-08  Route: Southwest Slopes
Info: CFI has completed most/all of their work up high on the Kilpacker approach. The trail is well cairned beyond the El Diente turn off all the way to the rock rib crossover in the Y gullies, the route is straightforward. Still several large snowfields about 13K that I found microspikes to be very helpful on. After a lot of rain recently the gullies are loose but manageable. 
jrb6907  2015-08-09   1   3          
2015-08-06  Route: Mt. Wilson and El Diente Traverse
Info: From Kilpacker Basin there is some snow on the way up to El Diente, but it‘s pretty much all avoidable. The traverse is dry, except for a few steps across an icy gully at one point. The ice has a nice snow curb on the low edge so it wasn‘t sketchy enough for me to pull out gear. I followed Roach‘s Southwest slopes route to get back into Kilpacker, which is sort of miserable. There is a nasty, steep snow field high up in the gully that I worked my way around. A little lower down the snow is continuous (and thankfully much less steep) and I boot skied or glissaded quite a bit of the descent back to where the El Diente trail splits off. 
Fishscale  2015-08-07   0   3          
2015-07-25  Route: North Slopes
Info: Summer conditions. Trail crosses two small snow fields. Snow was bulletproof in the morning. Because I didn‘t have traction, I opted to go below the first patch and then stay on left side of gully just to the left of the snow until my elevation was about 50 feet shy of ridge (went as high as the snow gully went). There is a nice trail at that elevation that I traversed on until I met the true trail. Perfect day. 
RobLowe  2015-07-25   2   3          
2015-07-22  Route: Mt. Wilson and El Diente Traverse
Info: Standard route for Mt. Wilson from RoA... few snowfields with kicked in footprints on your way to the RoA saddle. Trail is dry from RoA saddle to the stream crossing and start of the northeast ridge of Mt. Wilson. Northeast ridge had a few of its gullies with firm snow... wouldn‘t cross in the morning without crampons and ice axe (pretty steep). I got around some of the snow (when crossing the rock ribs) by descending a little and crossing over rocks. Summit ridge crux is dry and would have been heaps easier without a dog... but where‘s the adventure in that. Traverse to El Diente 99% snow free. Would like to hear of others‘ adventures crossing a classics traverse with a dog. He made it, but it was gnarly in a few spots. Still quite a bit of snow in the El Diente standard north ridge route gully. Dog‘s paws took a beating, even with his booties. Wilson Peak will have to wait. #6 
alexithymia6  2015-07-23   8   4          
2015-07-18  Route: Cross Mountain Approach
Info: For an alternate route, I made my way from the Cross Mountain Trailhead. This route took me up the southeast slopes of the mountain in a very remote and uncairned, unpaved way. The last 700 feet is steep with snowfields. Crampons would have been nice but an ice axe is absolutely necessary. 
Xandish  2015-07-19   0             
2015-07-16  Route: Southwest Slopes
Info: The Kilpacker approach has been recently maintained by the Colorado 14er initiative - well done! About 11500, you‘ll hit a talus field that is well cairned. About 12500, the first snowfield is encountered among the talus. The trail continues faintly, but it is still well cairned. There is a rather large cairn at the top of the basin to aim for. The southwest approach is completely snowed in. Ice axe and crampons are essential. The snow is becoming rotten, so not sure how much longer it will last. Starting earlier in the day, it was still solid, but we did post-hole some in the rotten snow. The route continues up a snow couloir - final pitch is very steep - crampons needed, crosses some boulders below the summit, and continues up another snow couloir to the east(we didn‘t see another cairn to guide up that last snow couloir). 
kmikwilliams  2015-07-17   1   1          
2015-07-05  Route: North Slopes
Info: Still a lot of snow coverage on the route; easily navigated on the lower route but higher up a little more committing. We traversed through the snowfield above the buttress and straight up the couloir. Snow free on the ridge and beyond. Possible to stick to the rocks more to avoid snow, and we tried that on the way down, but those are the rotten, loose ones, of course. There was a big storm that hit the afternoon we were camping there, and the Rock of Ages approach had some mud/rock slides that took out the trail on the traverse leading to the saddle. 
meg383  2015-07-07   2             
2015-01-10  Route: Slate Creek
Info: We (Abe aka FireOnTheMountain and Brian) saw more slide activity on this mission than pretty much anything I have ever seen in Colorado... The warm temps last week made everything slide and the debris piles were enourmous. Old growth trees were snapped in half and littered everywhere. Whenever all this activity happened it must of been incredibly loud and powerful! With the new snow this route would be psycho and I do not recommend it anytime soon. It was a very long day and coming back from Slate Creek was a big effort. Thanks Abe for being so strong and putting in a boot pack!!! 
ap snow  2015-01-12   8   1   5       

Return to the main Peak Conditions page

© 2016®, 14ers Inc.