South Fork Trail to Islip saddle

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South Fork Trail to Islip saddle is a 10.5 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
10.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2175 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.