Getting to Mt. Wilson via Chantry Flats was the right choice. The trail was very well shaded and it really saved us from baking in the sun! The elevation gain is no joke though. We really felt the steepness in the last 3 miles to the summit. A good amount of bugs as you get closer to the top so we were glad to have our 100% deet bug spray & mosquito bracelets. Took a wrong turn that added 2 miles to an already 13 mile hike but we were determined to make it to the top of the mountain! All in all a great day spent outdoors.