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Mt. Islip from Islip Saddle via the PCT HIKE (San Gabriel Mountains)

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DESCRIPTION OF HIKE: Moderate-to-strenuous 7 miles round-trip with 1,500’ of elevation gain/loss.

Our hike will start along the Pacific Crest Trail across the Angeles Crest Highway from the Islip Saddle parking lot (where an Adventure Pass or Senior Pass must be displayed on all parked vehicles). The trail rises up the forested mountain slope to Little Jimmy Campground and nearby Windy Gap; from there a spur trail leads up to the 8,250’ summit of Mt. Islip where the hiker is rewarded with a splendid panoramic view in all directions (and there is an old ruined stone cabin near the peak). We’ll return the way we came.

PREPAREDNESS: Bring 2-3 liters/quarts of water (or other suitable liquid) and lunch/snack. Wear appropriate footwear (preferably hiking boots) and be prepared for bright sunlight (sunglasses), heat (layers of clothing), and/or precipitation (rain gear). Hiking pole(s) and a camera might come in handy.

NOTE: At the beginning of each outing you will be required to read and sign a liability release form (a sign-in sheet).


Take Hwy 118 to the Stearns Street exit in Simi Valley.

If you’re approaching FROM THE WEST, turn left onto Stearns Street [there’s a divider in the street], drive north under Hwy 118, make a U-turn at the first opportunity, drive south under Hwy 118 and turn right into the Park-and-ride lot.

If you’re approaching FROM THE EAST, turn left onto Stearns Street [there’s a divider in the street], drive south under Hwy 118 and turn right into the Park-and-ride lot.

Park and wait for the hiking leader(s) who will distribute specific driving directions to the trailhead.

DIRECTIONS TO THE TRAILHEAD FROM SIMI VALLEY (for anyone who intends to meet us at the trailhead) – NOTE: You should be in the trailhead parking lot (see below) by 9:15 a.m.

Head east on Hwy 118 and drive 17.4 miles to the junction with Interstate 210.

Head east (toward Pasadena) on Interstate 210; drive 14.1 miles to Exit #20 for the Angeles Crest Highway (Hwy 2) heading north. NOTE: Be sure not to take Exit #19 for Hwy 2 (the Glendale Freeway) heading south toward Los Angeles.

Take Interstate 210 Exit #20 and head north (into the San Gabriel Mountains) on Angeles Crest Highway (Hwy 2).

Drive 39.7 miles on Angeles Crest Highway (Hwy 2) to the Islip Saddle parking lot.

NOTE: The parking lot is on the left (northwest) side of the road a short distance after you drive through a tunnel. It’s directly across Hwy 2 from the upper end of Hwy 39 (the San Gabriel Canyon Road) which has been closed due to landslides for several decades.

Park your vehicle in the Islip Saddle parking lot and wait for the hiking leader(s).

NOTE: You are required to display a U.S. Forest Service “Adventure Pass” OR a “Senior Pass” [or the older “Golden Age Passport” which was replaced by the “Senior Pass”] so that it is visible through the vehicle’s windshield.

FACT: The Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) crosses the Angeles Crest Highway at Islip Saddle.


The organizer(s) or leader(s) take no responsibility and will not be held responsible for any injuries or accidents that may occur during any Rancho Simi Trail Blazers Club (RSTB) hike/outing. These events can be inherently dangerous and accidents will happen.

By participating voluntarily you are taking responsibility for your own safety and well-being and acknowledge, appreciate, and in consideration for being allowed to participate in any way you further agree:

1. The risk of injury from the many of the activities is significant, including the potential for permanent paralysis and death, and while particular skills, rules, equipment, and personal discipline may reduce this risk, the risk of serious injury does exist; and

2. TO KNOWINGLY AND FREELY ASSUME ALL SUCH RISKS, both known and unknown, EVEN IF ARISING FROM THE NEGLIGENCE OF THE RELEASEES or others and assume full responsibility for your participation; and

3. To willingly agree to comply with the stated and customary terms and conditions for participation. If, however, you observe any unusual significant hazard during your presence or participation, you will remove yourself from participation and bring such to the attention of the nearest official immediately; and

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