Mt Islip

EASY 17 reviews
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Mt Islip is a 4.2 mile out and back trail located near Valyermo, CA and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, horses, and mountain biking and is accessible from June until November. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

4.2 miles 1698 feet Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly

hiking

mountain biking

horseback riding

Vast mountain vistas, lovely pine forest, mid-hike picnic spot The views to the south from the summit of Mt Islip are nothing short of stunning. You can see Crystal Lake, the front range of the San Gabriels, as well as the San Gabriel river canyon. I had my lunch looking at this vista and felt like I was in heaven. The hike starts out heading up a forest service road for a half mile, then you head left at the signed trailhead to Little Jimmy Camp, one mile ahead. I really like the gently rolling, pine shaded trail into Little Jimmy Camp. The less ambitious in your group can relax in the camp (it has rest rooms and a spring a 1/4 mile away), while the balance of your group heads up to the summit. The summit trail is at the back of Little Jimmy camp (walk past both rest rooms). The summit trail takes you up some switch backs to a ridgeline. There is a junction with another trail at the ridgeline that comes up from Crystal Lake, but you should stay on the ridgeline trail up to the summit.

hiking
17 days ago

This was a good change of scenery. The dramatic views are unbeatable. There are multiple trails leading to the top of Mt. Islip coming from a few different directions.

27 days ago

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2 months ago

it was a beautiful trail little hard to figure out at some points, almost did the whole thing but kids started giving out on me towards the end.

hiking
4 months ago

Went from the Crest Highway PCT entrance but it basically leads to the same trail. Not very hard and the trail is well maintained. The view at the top was pretty good and the cabin is something cool to see.

hiking
7 months ago

Views are spectacular from the summit. Moderate hike but worth the effort.

hiking
9 months ago

This is very nice trail.I would rank the difficulty as moderate. Lots of shaded area.

9 months ago

1 year ago

Short but gives you a good workout.

hiking
1 year ago

I hesitate even reviewing this trail. Mt Islip and CLJ are one favorite Los Angeles based hikes and campgrounds.

Part of the PCT Mt Islip is a section of trail offers views, wildlife, plant life and different environments as you trek. This trail is rated moderate in difficulty however it is the elevation that may be more of an obstacle for some who are not use to it. Take your time up the mountain where you will be rewarded with views looking over primarily LA & OC counties and stretching past Catalina Island. A top of Islip is also an old cabin built in the twenties that is still standing.

The hike is approximately 3.5 to 4.5 hours and approximately 6+ miles. Plan on carving out 8 hours with drive time from LA area.

- Most of this hike is on the north face of the mountain. Plan accordingly.
- Water available at LJS.

hiking
2 years ago

A beautiful secluded hike starting off from Angeles Crest highway, mile marker 66.37. This is the easiest way to Mount Islip and I Took the trail ( Pacific Crest Trail) vs the Fire Road. There are 3 options to Get to Mount Islip and Crystal lake to Windy Gap is a must for all Southern California hikers. This is great elevation training and the views from Windy Gap and the Peak are some of the best. Video of my adventure is posted below.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=ecfnpRmrhwc

hiking
2 years ago

A fairly scenic trail for a pleasant day hike to bag another San Gabriel summit. This one seemed a bit more strenuous than the trail to the summit of nearby Throop Peak I had also done recently. The first mile of trail is moderately steep for my 50 year old butt, but then it levels out for the next mile or so to the Little Jimmy camp site. From there you have about another mile to the summit, and this section of the trail also has its moderately steep parts. Awesome views down into the Crystal Lake basin as you climb towards the summit.

hiking
3 years ago

This was a nice hike from the Angeles Crest HWY. Decent elevation gain and a great view once you get to the top. These is an old stone home used by the forestry service when the tower was still standing. Well worth it, make it an overnighter by backpacking to Little Jimy.

hiking
3 years ago

Mt. Islip was awesome, my buddies and I hiked it after the snow storm, hiking in the snow with the sun on your back. Took my cam and tripod was not disappointed at all. In my top 25 list of SoCal.
I added a couple of pics "trail with snow"

hiking
4 years ago

Angeles Crest to Windy Gap and back was steep and very loose. The rest of the way to the peak was very enjoyable with great views. I had daylight left and at Windy Gap followed the trail starting for Baden-Powell before turning south to catch Middle Hawkins, Sadie Hawkins and South Mt Hawkins. Over all, a great afternoon spent as the only one on the mountain.

hiking
5 years ago

Woops. I went from Baden Powell trail head. Review should have been for that trail. No wonder it started harder.

hiking
5 years ago

Hiked on 7/16/11. Road is still being worked on. Drove 150 miles round trip for a 5 mile day hike from O.C. Next time I will camp there to make it more worthwhile. Very nice views and flowers. If your out of shape I would call the beginning a bit strenuous, but then it gets much easier. There is a geocache nearby by little Jimmy campground ( be aware, no water!)