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Islip Saddle

Islip Saddle


Page Type: Route

Location: California, United States, North America

Lat/Lon: 34.35860°N / 117.7636°W

Object Title: Islip Saddle

Route Type: Hike

Time Required: One to two days

Difficulty: Walk-up

Route Quality: 
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Page By: Tom Kenney

Created/Edited: Nov 14, 2003 / Sep 20, 2005

Object ID: 159380

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Start at the Islip Saddle trailhead for the Pacific Crest Trail.

Route Description

Hike east on the Pacific Crest Trail, passing Little Jimmy Camp and Spring in about 2 miles. This spring is the only water on the route. Continue up and along the ridge, passing the Windy Gap Trail in about 2.5 miles, the Hawkins Ridge Trail in about 5 miles, and the Dawson Saddle Trail in about 6.5 miles. The summit is about 8 miles from Islip Saddle.

This route makes a nice weekend backpack, and can be done point-to-point by leaving a vehicle at Vincent Gap and driving over Dawson Saddle to Islip Saddle to start.

The forest along this ridge is quite lovely. On south-facing slopes is a mix of Jeffrey and ponderosa pine. On north-facing slopes are white fir, whitebark pine, lodgepole pine, and ancient foxtail pines near the summit.

DISTANCE: 8+ mi.

Essential Gear

A good pair of boots.

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Steve LarsonRoute Comment

Steve Larson

Hasn't voted

The spring at Little Jimmy, two miles from the trailhead, is the only water on the hike. It can be a long, dry walk, especially on a hot summer day.
Posted Sep 19, 2005 11:54 am
Steve LarsonRoute Comment

Steve Larson

Hasn't voted

It's more like eight miles between Islip Saddle and Baden-Powell.

I'm not sure I would recommend it as an overnight backpack, as the only water is at Little Jimmy Spring. Even the Islip-Baden-Powell-Islip round trip can easily be done in a day. My wife, who has little hiking experience and only modest conditioning, was able to do it in about 8 hours, including lunch breaks.
Posted Sep 19, 2005 12:07 pm

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