Islip Saddle to Mt. Williamson Via Pacific Crest Trail

MODERATE 28 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, California 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.

DISTANCE
4.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1519 feet
ROUTE TYPE
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.

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2 days ago

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8 days ago

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

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9 days ago

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1 month ago

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2 months ago

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2 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. At bump 8248' you can see the C119 flying boxcar crash remains in the distance along Box Car Ridge. Will return to hike the full length of Pleasant View Ridge.

hiking
2 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).

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3 months ago

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4 months ago

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8 months ago

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.

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10 months 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.

11 months 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.

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Sunday, August 28, 2016

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Saturday, July 09, 2016

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Tuesday, April 12, 2016

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.

Saturday, April 02, 2016

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Saturday, April 02, 2016

i loved this hike!

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Saturday, March 19, 2016