Mt Islip

EASY 31 reviews
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Mt Islip is a 4.2 mile out and back trail located near Valyermo, California and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, horses, and mountain biking and is best used from June until November. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

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

dog friendly

kid friendly

hiking

mountain biking

horseback riding

The views to the south from the summit of Mount 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. 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. 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.

1 month ago

Short. Mildly strenuous. Dogs loved it!

hiking
1 month ago

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6 months ago

I wouldn't say it's easy. Moderate. Great hike. High elevation. Great with dogs.

6 months ago

The scenery was beautiful, especially with snow

hiking
9 months ago

Ive hiked Mt Islip about 4 times now during summer and winter. Ive done it 2 times from the Islip Saddle (which is the saddle on the angeles crest highway) and done it twice from the Crystal Lake Recreational center. IMO the crystal lake approach is waaay better than the islip saddle area. Elevation gain from crystal lake is 2,450 ft and 6.6 rt miles. Elevation gain from Islip saddle is about 1,500 ft and 7 miles rt. This is a great hike it's essentially a lower elevated version of Mt Baden Powell. During the winter you can expect a lot of snow on the northern side of Islip since its shaded, so be sure to take crampons and hiking poles as there are several spots on the trail were slipping can be easy to do. Overall good hike above 8,000 ft.

backpacking
10 months ago

Great view at the end of the trail. Be aware of the high elevation! Bring water!

hiking
10 months 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.

11 months ago

11 months ago

Saturday, September 17, 2016

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
Saturday, July 30, 2016

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.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

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Saturday, July 09, 2016

backpacking
Saturday, July 02, 2016

hiking
Monday, April 18, 2016

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

hiking
Sunday, February 21, 2016

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

Sunday, February 21, 2016