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Mount Islip South Approach, 10 miles 2200' Int/Advanced with Rod

ABOUT THE HIKE: This trail takes us on a loop heading up to where the Windy Gap & PCT meet just off of the 2. From there head up the sunny east ridge of Mt Islip to it's summit, hike down going south on the Big Cienega trail as a loop back to the parking lot. Not a long hike but a good workout!

DISTANCE/DURATION: 10 miles 3-4 hours 

DIRECTIONS: From Interstate 210 in Azusa, take Azusa Avenue (Hwy 39) north through Azusa and into the San Gabriel Canyon. After about 12 miles you'll pass the junction of the East Fork Road (8.6 miles from the forest station at the mouth of the canyon). Continue straight approximately 12 more miles. The road gets narrow and curvy in places, so drive carefully. Make a right turn into the signed entrance to the Crystal Lake Recreational Area and drive through the campground. In about a half mile past the snack shop and visitor's center you'll reach a junction where the road heads in five directions with a locked gate straight in front of you. Park in the large dirt lot on the right. The marked trailhead for the Windy Gap Trail is on your left (north) across from the parking area.

A National Forest Adventure Pass is required for parking. 

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  • Rob

    Nice hike Rod!

    September 16, 2013

  • Jeff M

    Really nice hike with a great group of hikers.

    1 · September 15, 2013

  • Anh N

    Thanks Rod for organizing. It was a new trail for me, and the scenery was beautiful.

    September 15, 2013

  • gail

    Loved the shaded, leafy paths and the gradual steady climb with gorgeous views from the top. I've missed that so much! Thanks for making it possible, Rod. So nice to catch up with old and new hikers.

    September 15, 2013

  • Diane J

    Rod, thanks for taking us on another beautiful So Cal hiking adventure. Loved it!

    September 15, 2013

  • Jerry B.

    Great workout with Beautiful Views, Thanks Rod

    September 14, 2013

  • Lynda C.

    Good to see you

    September 14, 2013

  • Kiran

    Lovely hike. Thanks Rod for arranging it

    September 14, 2013

  • alicia s. - push'in the l.

    I'm just now getting this meetup email--really wanted to go--hope this isn't a no-show!

    September 14, 2013

  • Yolie

    Not feeling well... see you guys next hike sorry!

    September 14, 2013

  • Jeff M

    Hello...I am looking to possibly carpool and could drive. Anyone in OC still looking to carpool?

    September 12, 2013

    • barry m.

      Hi Jeff; am coming from Seal Beach and can meet you near 57...Barry

      September 12, 2013

  • Justin H.

    Hey Shantelle, I heading from Chino, that should be alright. As long as you're not allergic to dogs. My dog is not coming in this hike, but he's definitely left a few hairs in my truck.

    September 11, 2013

  • Marco O.

    I'm looking for carpool from OC.

    September 9, 2013


    Sorry, I have to be home this sat. Kid BD. You all have a good time.

    September 8, 2013

  • Cee M.

    Sorry to miss this hike but just found out I'll be out of town this day...have a great hike!

    September 6, 2013

  • Lynda C.

    I read about a road closure up hwy 39 near the trailhead due to some storm damage. Any word on that?

    September 2, 2013

  • Ruth G.

    I am also looking to carpool - am in O.C.

    September 2, 2013

  • Cee M.

    Looking for carpool; I have an adventure pass and will chip in for gas; can carpool from OC pnr or can meet somewhere in brea off the 57 fwy.

    August 31, 2013

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