Start at the Islip Saddle trailhead for the Pacific Crest Trail.
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.
VERTICAL GAIN: 2400'
DISTANCE: 8+ mi.
A good pair of boots.
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