Beautiful day for the hike. Temperatures in the low 70s in the morning. Several fairly large snow patches covering the trail above about 8500 feet (see photo "Snow_on_Trail") .3 hours up, but only because we took it real slow. Only 1-1/2 hours down!
My eighth time to the summit, I did it with my dog this time (it was her third time here). The peak was more crowded than I've ever seen it before. There were about 45-50 other people along the trail and three more dogs. We had the summit to ourselves for about a half hour, though. When we headed back down, we took a side trip to Charles Tom Vincent's old cabin before heading home.
Started at about two- thirty, reached summit at about five. Camped out a little ways down the south ridge from the summit( Shhh. I don't think you're supposed to camp there!) Nice hike with great views all around.
Went with three others, Vincent Gap to summit using axe, crampons needed towards summit, not too icy.
Beautiful, freezing cold day.
Saw either a stray dog or a coyote or something run by us near the summit.
A postholing adventure in two to four feet all the way up, lots a wind once on ridgline, hunkered down under a limber pine while my group caught up. One of my favorite hikes.
Have taken this route 3 times this summer and have enjoyed
greatly every time. Its a great workout with grand scenery.
Did this route both times in snow. The second time I used my brain and used my crampons and ice axe. Very fun moderate hike.
Have climbed this peak more than 10 times in the last five years, was a popular training hike in scouts for sierra hikes.
Just about a gazillion switchbacks! The summit was crowded, but the view is stupendous. The subalpine environment is almost magical, with its ancient crumholz and smooth sandy slopes.
From the summit, it looks like you're spitting distance from Baldy. Can also see Gorgonio & Jacinto in the far off distance - and on a relatively clear day, Downtown Los Angeles.
Tagged Throop Peak and Mt. Burnham on the way to Baden-Powell. Saw one of the strangest things I have ever seen on a trail anywhere - a group of eight nuns in full dress! Then I got buzzed on the summit by a glider. Cool day.
Originally intended to go to Williamson Rock but there were too many people and it was too hot. Ended up leaving the VG parking lot at quarter to one, hiked up with cool breezes and lots of shade, had a leisurely snack at the top, and made it back to the car in about 4 hours. Great views cuz of the clear day. Way better than going to Willy! Thanks for taking me, Rob!
This was my first peak, climbed when I was 11 years old with the Boy Scout.
It is beautifull at the peak. I left at about 5:30pm: I was the last one to leave. I enjoyed it a lot.
those boy scouts sure know how to build a trail!
Great hike-bagged lots of peaks today: Middle Hawkins, Mt Hawkins, Throop Peak, Mt Burnham, Mt Baden-Powell and finally Mt Islip. Lots and lots of sites to see on this great excursion. Started from saddle conduit at 2 from up from Jimmy CG access road. Highly recommended outting (by me). :-)
Nice day hike with excellent views.
Did this my first time in winter while thru hiking the PCT in 1980. Since then I have run or hiked it numerous times from Vincent Gap, Islip Saddle, Crystal Lake, and Dawson Saddle. I always enjoy the 2000+ year old Limber Pines near the top, too. They are the closest thing we have to the Bristlecones here in Southern California.
Yep...very long day. Snow conditions were crappy down low for hiking (4"-12" powder over icy base). Nearer the summit, excellent for crampons. Best views of the Edwards AFB I've seen in a while. We could see all the way to San Gorgonio.