I did not intend to hike the Mt. Wilson Trail last Sunday but it was the closest hike to Chantry Flats in Arcadia -- which was so packed I could not even find parking for a mile down the road. The last time I hiked from Chantry Flats, there was hardly anyone up there. Is it because everyone wants to go to Sturtevant Falls? Has Arcadia grown so much?As summer winds down, I do wonder if the kids will want to keep on doing these hikes. We're on track to complete 13 different hikes during their 11-week summer vacation. We're lucky to have so many trails all within 30 miles of home in Rancho Cucamonga.
It was the hottest hike we've done. Around 2pm in Sierra Madre, it was 90 degrees and we ran out of drinking water just as we got to our destination -- First Water (sign below) -- which is 1.6 miles from the start of the trail. Given the extreme heat, that's all we can handle that day. First Water is just a stream where we played around for a bit but were not able to drink any water. There was a sign that said Bear Spring - Good Water but we didn't want to take that risk.