Fun little hike through the snow.
Hiked up the southwest ridge from Crystal Lake. Deep snow up top, incredible views.
Photos: Mt Islip from Crystal Lake
From mileage marker 66.37 on SR2 steeply to Windy Gap and further to Islip. Gorgeous day, warm temps in the mid 70s. Fantastic views from the top. Continued towards Hawkins after that.
With meetup.com group. Also included South Mt. Hawkins, Mt. Hawkins, Middle Hawkins, & Copter Ridge.
Very warm day . . . a loop from Crystal Lake campground.
Hiked up Mt. Islip as part of a 5 peak ridge traverse.
Nice day with Melbatoast.
One of the most beautiful days I've seen in the San Gabriels in my 30 years of skiing and hiking them. Saw a flock of bandtailed pigeons and a very noisy coyote. Awesome day.
Last time getting high.....on Earth Day we hiked up Mt. Hillyer and because it was Earth Day I was doing my part picking-up trash on the trail. Well one of the bags had a bud in it. It had been several years so it took a few months to work-up to it. So I gave it a go.....whoa....
Only went twice up Islip back when I was a San Gabriel peak freak. It still is a great little peak with nice views of its higher neighbors.
Looped w/ Hawkins. Nice half-day.
This is always a nice hike
Summited mate in the day after a day backpacking on the PCT. Set up camp at Little Jimmy then hiked to the summit. Good view into the LA basin, and the surrounding San Gabriel Mountains.
It was good and clear when I went with my friends up here.
Nice hike from Islip Saddle. Views north abound.
An eight peak day around Islip Saddle, cold in the morning but quite fine during the day. Trip Report
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