Crystal Lake and Windy Gap Trail

MODERATE 1 reviews
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Crystal Lake and Windy Gap Trail is a 12.5 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Azusa, California that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from June until October.

DISTANCE
12.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
3454 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

backpacking

birding

camping

hiking

nature trips

walking

views

wildlife

hiking
1 month ago

Nice loop trail with the option to bag the Hawkins peaks. With a 5:20 am start I first headed up the service road to the saddle north of South Hawkins. From the saddle I took the use trail up to So. Hawkins for a breakfast break. Afterwards I continued north on the ridge trail to the PCT, this section is recovering nicely from past fires and is quite nice now. Upon reaching the PCT I headed East to Throop peak, and after another break I started my return via Windy gap. Total mileage was 14.2 and 6 hours.