South Fork Trail to Islip saddle

HARD 4 reviews
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South Fork Trail to Islip saddle is a 10 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Paradise Springs, California that features a river and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and camping and is best used from February until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
10.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2178 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

camping

hiking

forest

river

views

rocky

Little traveled South Fork Trail runs from South Fork Campground to Islip Saddle. The trail starts out cutting through sheer cliffs climbing above the south fork of Big Rock Creek. The footing for the first 400 vertical feet is primarily loose rocks on a narrow trail. Some spots are becoming overgrown and there are several trees that have fallen across the trail. Excellent views of Mt Lewis, Throop Peak and Mt Islip and their watershed for a majority of the hike. If you want to enjoy rare solitude in Angeles National Forest, this is the place to be. You won't bag a peak, but you probably won't see another person on the trail. You won't hear honkin' horns or people outside of the first and last quarter mile. You will truly be by yourself.

2 months ago

Agree that this hike is moderate. when I uploaded, it didn't provide that option, and it defaulted to difficult.

hiking
2 months ago

I was inspired to do this hike after doing the Manzanita Trail, which starts at South Fork Campground as well. They're about the same in length, although the Manzanita Trail has about 400 more feet of elevation gain. Still, I found the South Fork Trail to be more difficult. Much of the trail is rocky and very narrow, which makes for slower moving. The views up and down the canyon are stunning and make up for the destination, which is a parking lot, albeit a parking lot with nice views. We didn't see a single person on the way up and down, We saw plenty of folks at Sound Fork Campground and Islip Saddle, though.

hiking
4 months ago

Moderate not Hard. No major climbs. Some fallen trees. Reaching Islip Saddle was anticlimactic.

Getting to the parking lot a 4WD would be best.

Besides at the beginning a leaving the camp ground area and at Islip Saddle, did not hear / see anyone. This is what made the hike worthwhile.

Tuesday, April 04, 2017