Past Meetup

Hawkins Ridgeline Loop: My brother Hawkins, and my other brother Hawkins

Hosted by US Hiking

Public group

This Meetup is past

16 people went

Location image of event venue


Organizer: Lynne Robinson

Location: Azusa, CA

Hike difficulty: Level 8/10

Distance: 12 Miles

Elevation Gain: 3400'

Time: 7 hours

Trail condition: Single file trail (60% shade), then unmaintained dirt road (no shade). Must be able to handle dirt/rock scrambling to pass eroded areas of the road.

Water: You must carry a minimum of 2.5 liters.

Guest: no

Dog: no

Toilette: At the trailhead

Liability Wavier: Required. This is the link. (


What to Bring: Hat, hiking poles, sunscreen, energy bar, light lunch, snacks, water, and $ for post-hike feast at Taco Nazo.

What to Wear: hiking shoes with good traction

Direction: From the 210 freeway exit at Azusa Avenue (Highway 39) and head north. Azusa Avenue becomes San Gabriel Canyon Road and parallels the San Gabriel Dam on the right.Continue on San Gabriel Canyon / Highway 39 for about 22 miles. From Hwy 39, turn right on North Crystal Lake Road (there is usually a sign in the middle of the road). If you see the San Gabriel Canyon Lookout sign, you have driven too far. We will meet at the Crystal Lake Cafe at 8am sharp.

Parking: Park in the day-use parking area in the campground near the trailhead to the Windy Gap Trail. You will need an Adventure Pass.

Mount Hawkins Weather: Weather Link (

Post-hike Feast: Taco Nazo - World's Best Fish Tacos

Hikers rave about this place! It's located at 163 North Azusa Ave., Azusa CA, 91702. Near the corner of 2nd Street and Azuza Ave. They also serve carne asada and carnitas (char-grilled marinated beef and pork dishes, translated for the gringos and gringas in our group, such as yours truly).

Carpool: Please sign up here. (


Please Chip In:

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Suggested Event Contribution: $ 7 (Chip in link) (


Venue Overview:

The Hawkins ridgeline is located deep within the Angeles National Forest. South Mount Hawkins is the southern-most peak along that ridge which includes Mount Hawkins, Middle Hawkins and Sadie Hawkins.

We will hike the loop in a clockwise direction, so that we can climb the steep portion of the loop (4.8 miles) while we’re fresh, and enjoy the longer part of the hike (7 miles) as a descent. Our starting point is the Windy Gap Trail and we’ll hike to Windy Gap. From there, we will hike east toward the Mount Hawkins saddle. We’ll then head south along on the Hawkins Ridge trail and will pass (or climb) Middle Hawkins, Sadie Hawkins, and South Mount Hawkins, where we’ll take a lunch break. South Hawkins contains the remnants of a fire watch tower which was destroyed in the 2002 Curve Fire. You will see the shattered and melted glass left behind from the fire, in addition to the foundation of the lookout.

The Forest Service has abandoned the 7-mile (11 km) long dirt road which goes from South Mount Hawkins to the Deer Flats Group Campground located within the Crystal Lake Recreation Area.

Because the road has been officially abandoned, no significant maintenance on the road has been performed since 2010 and the condition of the road continues to deteriorate. The road is still passable, however, there are washouts that are steep that one must be able to hike in and climb out of.


Our Mission:

To lift people up through hiking.

Our Policy:

We're volunteers: Your hike leaders receive no monetary nor in-kind compensation of any kind for organizing this event or any other event.

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Advanced hikes: Anyone interested in participating in advanced hikes (>3,000' elevation gain or distance > 10 miles or Difficulty Level > = 7) will be subject to prescreening before his/her name will be added to the list. Therefore, interested hiker must share with the event host his/her recent hiking background to establish proficiency before his/her name will be added to the list. Guests are not allowed on advanced hikes.

Early departure: If a hiker needs to be separated from the group for any reason, he/she must inform the event host. Not knowing a hiker's where about may prompt the event host to report a hiker's missing to proper authority for further actions.

No show: If you sign up for an event but did not show up, you will be removed from the next event you sign up.

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No drug: Zero tolerance for all illegal drug use.



If you have prior medical condition or a family history of illnesses pertaining to heart, lungs, brain, etc. that can be aggravated by heat and physical exertion, this is not the hike for you.

If you have never done a hike of this distance or difficulty before, this hike will be very difficult for you. It may well be your death march. The mountain is not going anywhere. We will schedule this event again in the future. Do it when your mind and body are ready.

Hiking is a recreation, not a suicide mission.

Release of Liability:

The organizer (me) of this trip is a volunteer and is not a professional guide. The function of the organizer is only to organize this trip. Each person who signs up for a trip/hike/or outing is responsible for his or her own safety and the safety of his or her guests.

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