6,200 ft / 1,890 m


320 ft / 98 m


31 summits

Top climbing months

June   21%

August   21%

September  9%

Most climbed route

Silver Moccassin Trail

Class 1 • 813 ft / 248 m gain
"Easier hike than I had anticipated as a lot of it was fairly level. Started at the Silver Moccasin Trail near the Chilao Visitor Center. 90 minutes to the top and 60 back to the trailhead. " - marc, Oct 7, 2018
"Not a super dramatic hike, or summit, but Worth your time. I did the loop from Modern Hiker. Very straightforward. Visitor Center near the campgrounds could probably give you some great beta, assuming you're patient enough to wait for opening hours. I was distracted a bit by some seductive boulders. Looking forward to coming back to climb Horse Flats which looked to be some inviting bouldering and toproping. Part of a sweep of some HPS peaks I needed in the area: Hillyer, Winston Peak, Winston Ridge, Mount Akawie, and Kratka Ridge." - JustinB, Jun 27, 2018
"The hike to Mt. Hillyer is scenic, rising up the Silver Moccasin Trail from Upper Chilao (past the visitor's center). After just under a mile switchbacking up the trail in sunny chaparral, you will approach Horse Flats Campground. Then, you will take a left at the signed Mt. Hillyer Trail, and will descend for a very short time, and then will start ascending as you approach the long ridge that is Mt. Hillyer. The terrain becomes very rugged with huge boulders (many opportunities for scrambling or even rock climbing). The climb can be somewhat steep at times, but nothing too hard, but just " - brianpowell, Aug 6, 2017
"I hiked up Mt. Hillyer from Chilao going north on the Silver Moccasin trail. Unlike the previous day's hike going south, the area north of Chilao was not burned by the station fire. The chaparral was mature, there were no downed trees, and no poodle dog bush. This was a much more pleasant hike than heading down to Mt. Mooney and Vetter Mountain." - klotito, Dec 4, 2016
"Stop Number 4. Thought this was going to be a quick one on the way to Bare Mountain, but I was foiled by locked gates, yet again. Decided to wing it and go cross country which turned out to result in bushwhacking through Spanish Bayonets and doing some unexpected bouldering. The "summit" of Hillyer is really just the highpoint of a large plateau. Not sure why the forest service had the road closed. It was in fine condition and no snow for miles and miles. Probably too lazy to open/close it based on conditions..." - edg, Feb 21, 2016



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