|2017-02-05||Route: Southwest Ridge
Posted On: 2017-02-05, By: SnowAlien
Info: Approached from Lizard Head pass. Spring-like conditions, especially on Southern aspects. Took the steep snowline to the ridge. Less consolidated sugarly snow in the Notch.
|2017-02-02||Route: NW Ridge
Posted On: 2017-02-05, By: Monster5
Info: The full ridge is loose, exposed, and somewhat sustained class 3/4. Crampons used and rope/rack/ax unused but some may find them helpful. The route has no avalanche hazard and one would have to go out of the way to find any. The trade off is loose microwaves and sustained no-fall terrain. One could shortcut the easier half of the ridge with minimal avy concern via the NW basin. Skis and snowshoes used on the approach. There is avy risk along two of the three potential approaches from the RoA road (plowed 0.5 miles past the three way, room for two cars), so study the map. Something like 10mi/5K
|2016-10-02||Route: Southwest Ridge
Posted On: 2016-10-13, By: c_dickson
Info: Climbed the standard route from the Rock of Ages TH on 10/2. Plenty of snow up there, even back then. Crux of the route was snowy ledges between false summit and the final summit ridge.
|2016-09-19||Route: Southwest Ridge
Posted On: 2016-09-19, By: Nelson
Info: The route is dry except for the descent from the false summit to the start of the summit pitch. There, you will want micro spikes.
|2016-09-18||Route: Rock of Ages Approach
Posted On: 2016-09-19, By: ZenZin
Info: Crux has snow but doable
|2016-09-16||Route: Rock of Ages Approach
Posted On: 2016-09-19, By: letourneau41
Info: Trail was fairly clear of snow until the false summit. 4-6 inches of snow on the down climb. Forgot my microspikes in the car otherwise I would have proceeded to the summit.
|2016-09-05||Route: Rock of Ages Approach
Posted On: 2016-09-06, By: HuskerGreg
Info: Since previous review 26 August, summer has prevailed. Trails are all fully visible. Very windy all day - strong gusts.
|2016-08-26||Route: Southwest Ridge
Posted On: 2016-08-30, By: aweilert
Info: Roughly 4 inches of fresh snow obscuring the trail and cairns at 12400. Thinner snow & ice lower with snow starting as low as 11000. Turned around at 12500 as the route was becoming more and more difficult to find and follow. Snow at ROA saddle and on summit appeared to be significant and, given continued storms, it may be there for a while.
|2016-07-23||Route: Rock of Ages Approach
Posted On: 2016-07-25, By: fahixson
Info: Snowfields mentioned previously were still in the basin. Microspikes would have provided a little more comfort in the morning, but we did not use them. I think it would have been more difficult to try and avoid the snow fields to stay on dirt. If you're nearing the end of the basin in the dark, remember to leave the old trail around 12,400 and swing right. There were plenty of cairns visible on the way down in the daylight, but we weren't paying close enough attention in the dark. We ended up following the old trail too far and lost about an hour trying to match up with the route before backtracking and rejoining the trail.
|2016-07-16||Route: Rock of Ages Approach
Posted On: 2016-07-20, By: Purple
Info: Several (~7) snowfields to cross still left in the basin; a few were steep. Hard and slick in the morning (no problem with microspikes) but easy to kick steps into in the afternoon. As previously noted, past the the basin is snow-free.
|2016-07-09||Route: Southwest Ridge
Posted On: 2016-07-12, By: mattpayne11
Info: Totally clear all the way to the summit, no issues with snow/ice. We approached from Bilk, which was challenging due to snow on the east side of Rock of Ages of Saddle.
|2016-07-06||Route: Rock of Ages Approach
Posted On: 2016-07-07, By: pmeadco
Info: Except for a small (about 50') of snow, route is dry from ROA saddle to summit. Lots of snow in Silver Pick basin, especially from rock house up to saddle, but it is possible to find a route mostly on dirt if you are determined. Snow traction and self-arrest equipment would be wise but not absolutely necessary.
|2016-07-03||Route: Rock of Ages Approach
Posted On: 2016-07-04, By: WildCountry
Info: Numerous snowfields in Silver Pick Basin and nearly continuous snow from the rock house to Rock of Ages Saddle. We had mini crampons and ice axe. Upper Navaho basin is still mostly snow. NW ridge route on Mt Wilson is mostly snow free except the expected couloirs. Ice axe for the many steep snow crossings.
|2016-06-29||Route: Southwest Ridge
Posted On: 2016-07-04, By: thebeave7
Info: Climbed from Rock of Ages saddle up. No snow on the initial traverse and scramble around to the SW ridge route. On the upper portion of the SW ridge there are quite a few snow patches that either need to be crossed or rock hopped around. These are melting fast though. the final scramble over the false summit and to the top was snow free though wet when I was there from all the rain. The descent from Rock of Ages saddle back into Silver Pick Basin had a TON of snow on 6/29. I lost the road in the dark numerous times and it took a long time to exit the valley back onto the road where it was clear around 11600ft. There were almost no tracks through Silver Pick Basin when I was there, though more people may have traveled through there since.
|2016-06-18||Route: Southwest Ridge
Posted On: 2016-06-19, By: goin_west
Info: Wilson Peak ridge is accessible. The crux requires some 4th class mixed moves on snow and looser rock. Doable in crampons with axe, rope not required. Leave early as post holing was a common theme for us. We sumitted around 12 via Navajo lake, which was too late to avoid a slog out. We were hoping to do el diente-Wilson traverse from the north slopes, but there is still a lot of snow up high. North slopes route on el diente will not be fully in for another week or two. Probably doable now with protection but the top of the couloir has a large drift which would require some extremely exposed moves to get over. we scoped the southern slopes on the way out. I am not familiar with those routes but the face was still holding a decent amount of snow. Rock fall didn't seem too bad yet from Navajo like basin.
|2016-06-12||Route: Southwest Ridge
Posted On: 2016-06-13, By: jrs1965
Info: Started from Rock of Ages TH. Little bit of snow on the trail within a few hundred yards of the TH, easily avoidable. Still a ton of snow up in the basin. Fortunately it stayed fairly firm for me even on my decent at 12 noon. Once I got on the SW ridge it was much softer, steeper and a bit of a slog. Ran into a bit of difficulty at the False Summit. I down climbed several time trying to figure out how to get into the snowfield and cross. Fairly smooth going once I got into the snowfield and down climbed around the spire and back up the Crux. On return, plenty of firmer snow on the west side so I continued my decent from the false summit onto the west slope and then descend back into the basin.
|2015-10-10||Route: Southwest Ridge
Posted On: 2015-10-11, By: asnellstrom
Info: Overall its quite the trek, quite a bit of snow in the class three parts between the false summit and the true summit. almost the entire trail above timberline is snow covered.
|2015-09-30||Route: Southwest Ridge
Posted On: 2015-10-02, By: addrock528
Info: I hiked this route from Navajo lake. There was some unwelcome bits of snow in the saddle between the false summit and the real summit but it could be avoided. Fun hike.
|2015-08-31||Route: Southwest Ridge
Posted On: 2015-09-05, By: WillRobnett
Info: Started from Rock of Ages Trailhead and got Wilson Peak. Aspens are almost ready for fall colors driving in. A few trees have started to turn, but mostly still green. The creek crossing is very low compared to June 2014 with the spring run off. On the trail, it‘s snow free and dry completely.
|2015-08-28||Route: Southwest Ridge
Posted On: 2015-08-29, By: Sunshineof1985
Info: Mt. Wilson is my 34th fourteener I‘ve climbed this summer and was climbed on the same day I climbed Mt. Wilson (#33). My goal is to climb all of them this summer! You can read more about this hike and others by visiting sunshineof1985.com. Enjoy! This is a fun one! 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 14ers.com, 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 14ers.com. 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 14ers.com directions are vague at best. Read below for more direction. The rocks were loose, but not as bad as Mt. Wilson.