Islip Saddle to Mt. Williamson Via Pacific Crest Trail

MODERATE 10 reviews
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Islip Saddle to Mt. Williamson Via Pacific Crest Trail is a 4 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Mt Wilson, CA that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and walking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

4.0 miles 1520 feet Out & Back

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Directions from La Canada, CA: Follow the Angeles Crest Highway 14 miles beyond Chilao to Islip Saddle, which is at the junction of Angeles Crest and Highway 39. A National Forest Adventure Pass is required for your vehicle while parked in this area. At the western edge of the parking area, take the trail leading uphill in a northwesterly direction.

hiking
1 month ago

Will rank among my top lower moderate hikes in my back yard. The variety of views is unmatched and the hike is tough enough to get the blood flowing. I can guarantee that this little hike will be the icon that I share with all of my visiting family to show them our mountains.

1 month ago

Beautiful section of the PCT. Trail is in excellent condition. The "use" trail up to summit is very steep in places but easy to follow. Hiked out the ridge to the second bump. After that the trail is narrow,steep and rocky. Was hiking solo and didn't feel comfortable about it. Overall one of the best short hikes in the ANF.

8 months ago

Pretty good. Would rate it a moderate instead of an easy due to the incline, but the trail itself was easy with no real scrambling. If you don't mind non-aggressive bees flying at your knees, then this hike is good.

8 months ago

walking
8 months ago

i loved this hike!

hiking
1 year ago

Hiked back in 2003. It was warm, no... HOT, for the area. Inundated with gnats. Saw 2 rattlesnakes. The first was within 200-300 yards from the parking lot where it crossed the trail behind me. The second was in the manzanita up top, near the summit. It was simply shading itself from the heat under one of the manzanitas and I stepped right next to it. Stepped back about 10 feet and it uncoiled, lethargically, and decided to move to another bush across the trail.

hiking
1 year ago

This is an easy hike to a summit with a great view over the desert and much of the central portion of the range. Well, it's an easy hike if you're acclimated to the altitude, that is. I wasn't , so I had to take it easy climbing the PCT to the jumping-off point on the south ridge of the mountain. From there, it's a mostly-easy ridge climb to the summit proper, where the best views may be found, or you can continue past a hump to the second peak to the north, which is higher and can offer a small amount of shade.

hiking
4 years ago

Beautiful hike on the last weekend of summer.

hiking
4 years ago

Hiked trail 5/27/12, steady incline makes for a good workout, views from the top are spectacular!! Really worth the effort. Made it to all three peaks, be ready for traveling steep rocky trail for the third peak.

hiking
5 years ago

Really enjoyed this hike with my dad. Nice, steady climb with a beautifully maintained trail. Loved the yellow wildflowers. Great views both ways, with a look at the San Andreas Fault.