South Fork Trail to Islip saddle

HARD 2 reviews
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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.

10.5 miles
2175 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash







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.

1 month 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.

11 months ago