Islip Saddle to Mt. Williamson Via Pacific Crest Trail

MODERATE 41 reviews
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Islip Saddle to Mt. Williamson Via Pacific Crest Trail is a 5 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Mt Wilson, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, trail running, and nature trips and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
5.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1696 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

views

wild flowers

wildlife

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.

4 months ago

Great hike with beautiful views.

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4 months ago

TRAVELERS ALERT: THERE IS A ROAD BLOCK ON HWY 39 SEVERAL MILES SOUTH OF ROUTE 2 WHICH PREVENTS REACHING THE TRAILHEAD VIA VEHICLE.

6 months ago

Great hike. Trail was easy to follow. Good workout, but not too bad if your athletic. Amazing views. Totally worth it to keep going along Pleasantview Ridge after the PCT breaks off. I will hike this again for sure!

hiking
6 months ago

This is a fun, short hike with some intense switchbacks right near the peak, but the views are spectacular. Unfortunately, the majority of the Pacific Ocean is blocked by some ridges, but the views of the high desert were awesome!

You could see the rims of The Devil's Punchbowl below and Mount Whitney far off in the distance. I'm pretty sure I was able to see both Las Vegas and the mountains in Death Valley from the peak, but I'm not sure. Either way, this is definitely a solid hike.

hiking
9 months ago

Nice short hike but decent elevation gain to make it a great workout! Beautiful views

hiking
11 months ago

Wow. Great views of Bear Creek Cyn, despite the summer haze, and surrounding peaks (Throop, Hawkins, Islip, Kratka, the Twins, Waterman, Winston, Will Thrawl and Pallet). Don't cheat yourself by stopping at the first Williamson. Continue along Pleasant View Ridge to the next highest point at 8244' where the HPS keeps their register for Mt. Williamson. The views only get better the further along the ridge you go.

hiking
11 months ago

This is a great option if you're looking for a moderate hike in the high country. It's lightly trafficked, and the views of the Angeles and Mojave are incredible. We ended up hiking about 1/2 mile past Mt. Williamson's summit on Pleasant View Ridge. We found a great little spot off the trail to relax. Total time was about 3 1/2 hours (including rests).

hiking
Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Was on the trail today & a couple feet of snow right away & only gets deeper as you continue. Only passable with proper equipment and by experienced hikers until snow melts.

hiking
Sunday, October 30, 2016

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.

Sunday, October 16, 2016

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.

Sunday, April 03, 2016

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.

walking
Saturday, April 02, 2016

i loved this hike!

hiking
Tuesday, August 11, 2015

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
Saturday, June 06, 2015

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
Sunday, September 02, 2012

Beautiful hike on the last weekend of summer.

hiking
Monday, May 28, 2012

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
Monday, September 05, 2011

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.

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