|Trailhead||Mount Wilson Observatory/Old Toll Road|
Accidentally drove all the way up to the observatory (instead of Chantry Flats parking lot…). So we began by heading down the west route via the old toll road. Eventually hit Winter Creek and Hogee’s Camp, where we ran into a lone bear cub. There wasn’t a mom in sight, so perhaps this guy had recently ventured out on his own. There were a few groups in camp and the bear seemed completely oblivious and chill. From camp we decided to cut out the lower creek trials in the interest of time, and headed off on the Mt Zion junction instead. We hit Zion and then came upon Sturtevant Camp, which seems like an amazing way to spend a weekend drinking, playing volleyball and hanging out. We refilled our water bottles here and took a load off in the hammocks for a hot second before tackling our assent. We had gotten a late start at about 9am, and had to be back in our car by 2:30 (to make it to work that night) so we to keep to a pretty quick clip. The eastside route up was surprisingly steep and our 2.8mph pace made it pretty tough, but the trail remains shaded throughout which was a lifesaver. We got back to the observatory, crack a few cold ones and hustled off to work.