Decided to experience Mt Islip's long south ridge. Abandoned trail, brush filled gully, and fire break all part of the day. Decided that Smith Mtn was far enough south. Returned via SR39 to Islip Saddle.
There was a whole tour bus full of people at the summit. Oh well, they were on their way down as we got there and we ended up taking the steep little trail to the road from Windy Gap so we didn't have to share the trail much after all. Amazing views - it was a beautiful day and you could see for many, many miles.
Hiked from Islip Saddle up to Little Jimmy Campground then to Windy Gap. From Windy Gap a sign says it's 0.9 miles to the top of Mt. Islip. About a third of a mile up the trail another sign says it's 1.2 miles... hmmmm... so they add up miles around here rather than subtracting them, lol I made it within 0.2 miles or so of the summit then decided to turn around to return to my friend whom I'd left at Windy Gap. Great views and I love the wildflowers and huge Jeffrey Pine and Incense Cedars along the way. Didn't enjoy the gnats, though. Note to self: bring a head net next time!
Update: I finally returned to finish this summit... this time with my 3-year-old son! Photos here
6 inches of fresh snow made this a fun day. Lots of heavy fog at the start with a cloud break at about 8,000 feet. Views of the clouds were Phenomenal. Followed the Northwest Ridge back and then dropped back down to the saddle.
Nice hike. All snow and some ice. Stayed on the trail for a bit and then took one of the direct chutes on the north side and kicked steps to the summit. Lots of ice on the north side. Lots of powder on the descent.
lots of times before Hwy 2 was closed from the east. Nice little hike
Had to park about 4mi W of Islip Saddle. Picked up some minor peaks along the road on the way to Islip. Last big hurrah of 2005.
Fun little hike for those with only a little time on their hands.
Hiked during the Hawkins hike-o-rama.
Did Mt. Islip as part of a 6-peak loop including Mt. Lewis, Mt. Hawkins, Middle Hawkins, and Throop Peak. We hiked from Islip Saddle to Dawson Saddle to begin the loop and returned to Islip Saddle.
Climbed Islip on the way back from Copter Ridge. Took the northwest ridge back directly to Islip saddle. Here are my GPS tracks and google map.