My favorite climb of the three 14ers in this basin. Pretty straight forward route -- lots of cairns in most places. The last little stretch was a blast and exposure at least gets your adrenaline going a little. Also has the best view (of the three peaks) from the top. Gladstone looks awesome from this point. The long glissades down were great on soft snow.
Reached the top after traversing from El Diente. The 2000 foot glissade was amazing!
A Fun solo up Mt Wilson followed by an even better solo of the ridge to El Diente followed by an even better glissade down El Diente!
I drove up to the Silver Pick TH (when it used to be open) after work on Friday night and completed a long day's trip to Mt Wilson, along the ridge and to El Diente. I was too busy picking a route to realize I was on the 4th class section of Wilson. When I looked up the summit was just a few feet away.
Did Mt Wilson after Wilson Pk. Stayed high in the basin at 13200', but probably should have dropped down as boulder hop was annoying. Found the cairned route to the notch. Avoided exposed 4th class ridge as it was wet to climbers left as there was a gully that was less exposed. No travserse to El Diente was thunder began to rumble on summit.
Hiked in from Navajo Lake TH starting at 7:15am and reached the summit in 8 hrs (includes breaks, photos, etc.) 6 hours on the return. This, my 9th 14er was personally my most challenging to date. Thanks to perfect weather all day, and fellow climbers along the way, I was able to identify the crux and safely navigate the class 4 moves without ropes, etc. Please note: Mt. Wilson is really not for beginners and should be climbed cautiously in dry conditions.
12 hours roundtrip from Navajo Lake TH. Trip Report
Planned to do the traverse over to El Diente, but clouds, rain, and storms chased us off. The last 100 feet was exciting. If that doesn't make your heart beat, you have to be dead. Awesome climb in the clouds.
Awesome traverse, took us 2.25 hrs from summit to summit. Started w/ El Diente from Navajo Basin, traversed to Mt. Wilson, then traversed in talus below Gladstone up to Gladstone-Wilson Peak saddle and then on to Wilson Peak. Descended and left camp. 15 hr day camp to TH.
Hard part was crossing the Boulders back to Navajo Basin.
Bailed on the traverse from El Diente the previous day because of the weather. I did not have enough food for a second day so I hiked back to the car to re-supply and went the next day. A challenging and fun route. Bring your ice axe.
Did the connecting ridge from El Diente solo, in a storm ... wouldn't recommend following my example ... pretty damn stupid.
We attemted the traverse to El Diente, but had to bail because of weather. Beautiful early-season conditions.
See the trip-report here: http://distantpeak.com/web/mountains/n-america/mount_wilson
Fun climb and a neat little bit of scrambling up top. Great views of the area!
Summited with ColoradoScott. Nice introduction to 50+ degree snow.
We climbed this route taking a variation off the Northern Rib route next to Navajo Glacier at 13000' by traversing west onto a 35 degree snowfield that steepened and approached 40 degrees near our exit onto another small rock rib. Then we climbed the snow couloir west of that rock rib continuously to the notch below the saddle. This couloir gradually steepend to 52 degrees near the top. Crampons and axe were mandatory for safe climbing on the perfect snow. The scramble to the actual summit was easier than we expected and we reached the summit at 11:00 am.
There were two people on top that we followed to the first saddle west of the notch and watched them strap on their skis and make perfect turns down the north facing couloir.
We continued along the ridge to El Diente, the route taking us three hours from summit to summit. The route finding on the ridge was fairly easy, cairns marking the route under the western points that needed a downclimb on the south side. Overall an excellent climb, but probably the hardest climb I've done to date. Not recommended for climbers without experience and equipment for steep snow.
This one was a fun peak - and I thought it was easier than El Diente, but that's just me. The last 150 feet were a blast! College students aren't supposed to wake up at 4:30 in the morning.........but we did. Though it paid off because we beat the storms! Great views!
Traversed from El Diente, took somewhat less than two hours. Exposure wasn't as bad nor climbing as difficult as its reputation. There were no moves as hard or as exposed as the final ridge climb to Mt. Wilson's summit on the traverse. Still, it was a lot of fun!! Mt. Wilson's summit is the best I've been on in the San Juans!!
Erin and I finished the 14ers except for Culebra with this climb. I enjoyed the scrambling at the top -- what a fun jumble of pointy boulders!