For those that can't make it on Saturday: number 3, Mt. Islip, 6.5 miles, 1650 ft elev gain.
This is still suitable for beginners, and though you don't need to do every hike in our series, I would encourage coming out again to see how much stamina you have. Oh, and the views from the peak are pretty incredible, too.
This time, we follow the Pacific Crest Trail in the opposite direction, past forest, fields, and Little Jimmy Spring. We then turn at Windy Gap and hike up to the summit, which affords great views of the Crystal Lake area.
(view from the top, south towards the San Gabriel Valley)
Bring: 2 liters of water (2 quarts are almost the exact same thing), sun protection, lug-sole shoes, and money for optional late lunch back in town.
Trekking poles are highly recommended (especially if you hiked the day before), and you may want a windbreaker for the summit if Windy Gap lives up to its name. Please also bring any Forest passes or make sure that your car has one if you will be parking at the trailhead.
From our meeting spot, trailhead is about 39 miles north on Pacific Crest Trail. You will be looking for a fairly large parking lot on the left after the tunnel area.
Our actual start time from the trailhead should be around 9:30 am, with a return time to our cars of 12:30 pm (going a little bit faster than the day before if necessary). It takes about an hour to drive from meeting point to the trailhead. If you came out to our Williamson hike, it's the same parking lot for our trailhead.
Sorry, but no dogs.
Rain, fire, or forecast of thunderstorms cancels