This hike was from Williamson Rock since the Crest was closed. Hiked it from Crystal Lake and Windy Gap bypass as well.
Hiked all 4 Hawkins peaks with Becht and Scott. Beautiful day, great hikes, lots of snow on the north slopes. Would have summited Islip with Tom, but wimped out:)
From Islip Saddle included South Hawkins, Sadie Hawkins, Middle Hawkins, and Mt Hawkins -- Mt Islip as a bonus peak. Perfect day -- lots of snow on the north facing trails.
Started the day at Vincent Gap following the Baden-Powell trail until just below the summit veered west on the PCT and followed it until I reached Mt. Hawkins. Bagged Throop, Burnham and Baden-Powell on the return. A bit hazy so views were o.k. This far west on PCT only encoutered a couple of trailrunners training for this September's 100 mile endurance run
Road closed 2.8 miles before Islip Saddle. This added over 5 miles to the round trip, which totaled about 16-17 miles, since I hiked Throop peak as well. Got caught in a squall line, lightning was striking the ridge. I was pretty scared and started running down the mountain. Happily, I'm alive ;)
Signed the summit log up there and encountered 4 thru hikers on the PCT.
Parked at Islip Saddle, walked on ACH to the Caltrans garage, then up the ridge trail to Throop Peak. Finished on PCT, with Hawkins and Islip on the way.
Done this lots of time on the way to South Mount Hawkins - when the fire lookout was there.
Climbed up from Islip Saddle because of Highway closure. Standard trail route to summit then took SW ridge back down to the junction with Middle Hawkins, another great view peak. A very beautiufl area that is recovering from fire damage.
Tagged the summit on the way to Baden-Powell with my wife. Nice peak, but the air was pretty hazy, so not much to see. Easy to see the potential, though, if you caught it after a rain.
Great day for hiking! There was some snow and ice on the trail but still safe to pass without crampons. It was a very unusual day with thick clouds, which made it a very unique experience for that area. Temperatures were around freezing; very little snow for this time of the year.