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Hike to the saddle below Mt Islip on the west ridge via the seldom-used Big Cienega trail. 7 miles roundtrip, 2200' gain over a challenging trail starting from the Crystal Lake Recreational area. This recently-opened trail (closed since 2003) shows remnants of the Curve Fire and a forest in rebirth. You will have grand vistas of the high cirque of Crystal Lake and magnificent trees. Meet 8 am at the San Gabriel Canyon Gateway Center on Azusa Ave (Hwy 39). Bring pack, lunch, water, camera. Ldrs: Steve Anderson, Joan Schipper


  • Steve

    I just wanted to add that we are going to be asking for donations to help sustain our group. You are under no obligation.

    5 years ago
  • Joan S.

    Steve again found an interesting trail and led a wonderful trip. It was spooky and humbling to be out there in the burned forest. We had a terrific, friendly group. Thanks to all who came along and patiently waited through the infrared lesson.

    5 years ago