DISTANCE: 7 MILES out and back
STARTING ELEVATION: 6500 feet, SUMMIT 8200 feet, SO GAIN IS ABOUT 1700 FEET
HIKING POLES ARE RECOMMENDED IF YOU GOT EM
POST-HIKE DINNER: a definite possibility. EAT ALL THE CALORIES YOU'VE JUST BURNED OFF...
MEETING SPOT FOR CARPOOLING: 2nd street north of 210 freeway on Angeles Crest Highway on the right side (Milmada and Flanders).
MEETING SPOT IF YOU ARE DRIVING ALL THE WAY: Drive into the forest on Angeles Crest Highway (HIGHWAY 2) for 40 miles. You will drive through two tunnels and then in a half mile is a wide parking area called Islip Saddle (it also is the intersection with Highway 39 which is closed due to landslides). IT TAKES 1 HOUR TO DRIVE FROM THE 210 FREEWAY TO ISLIP SADDLE PARKING LOT
THE LAST CIVILIZED RESTROOM AND PLACE TO BUY A PARKING PASS IS NEWCOMB'S RANCH RESTAURANT/BAR, WHICH IS 30 MILES INTO THE FOREST ON HIGHWAY 2
HOWEVER, THERE IS A STINKY RESTROOM AT THE TRAILHEAD
$5 NATIONAL FOREST ADVENTURE PASS IS REQUIRED TO PARK IN THE LOT, BUT NOT IF YOU PARK ALONG THE ROAD
THERE IS NO CELL SERVICE IN THE FOREST SO PRINT OUT ANY DIRECTIONS
BRING LUNCH, SNACKS, AT LEAST 3 LITERS OF WATER, COMFY HIKING SHOES, A HAT, SUNSCREEN..., i'M NOT YOUR MOM, BRING WHATEVER SHE WOULD TELL YOU TO BRING....
MORE DETAILS: https://modernhiker.com/hike/hiking-mount-islip/
note: cute girl pictured below not necessarily included
standard meetup non-responsibility rules apply: I just point the direction, you are fully responsible for all normal risks of hiking in the forest. So if you walk into a tree, bear, or ANY mountain, you agree that I bear no responsibility.
THIS IS WHAT THE LAWYERS SAY: by going on this hike, you agree to assume all risks of this hike, and that no one at Meetup including the organizer is responsible for your safety. See the Meetup terms of service especially paragraph 6.2:
http://www.meetup.com/terms/ ( http://www.meetup.com/terms/ )