Crystal Lake, Mount Islip, Windy Gap Loop

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Crystal Lake, Mount Islip, Windy Gap Loop is a 10.1 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Valyermo, California that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
10.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2,828 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dog friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

forest

lake

views

snow

Friday, March 09, 2018

Hiked 3/5/18 After a fresh snowfall I decided to do this trail. However I did this as a loop. Ascending the Islip Ridge trail, and then descended via Windy Gap Trail (which I highly recommend). I can’t say for sure how strenuous this is without snow, but it was pretty intense as this was my first real snow hike. Poles and Crampons were a definite must as the last couple miles were completely covered. The views were amazing and the sky was so clear I could see all the way past Catalina to San Clemente!

hiking
3 months ago