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I went there last week. Trailhead is a little hard to spot. just a small turnout to park in. Location on should get you to it. Easy trail to follow. A continuous incline. Rock slide climb for shortcuts. Fair amount of shade spots (enough that I kept taking breaks in them every 30 seconds) It is a very nice view few hours from sunset. Reached the top with sore calves. We came back down and it was already night time driving back. Cool break from light pollution. Realized we stopped at the top. Went about 3.5 miles out and back. Didn't know to keep going. Quiet and empty trail. Great for solitude. Nothing but the wind through the trees and the local wildlife (birds, lizards, and squirrel. - saw no snakes, gladly).

One of the best hikes I've been on with the best view of mountains.

Great hike to the crash site. Started at Eagles Roost to Mt Williamson to Pleasant View Ridge.

Pretty hike, a steady uphill climb of 1300 ft elevation change that follows the PCT for the first 1-1/2 miles or so before it veers off to the peak of Mt Williamson for the last 500 ft. As others mentioned, continue following the Pleasant View Ridge to the next peak after Mt Williamson for a better 360 degree view and a guestbook to sign. I found that it wasn't worth following Pleasant View Ridge once you get to the third peak (at about 2.5 mile into the hike) and right before the steep dropoff to the (lower) fourth peak and the fork in the road. I found that the view after the dropoff and at the end of this map's route wasn't worth it, and the steep climb back up to the third peak lacked any helpful switchbacks, so it was very challenging. Overall, a good solid day hike that can be completed in a few hours.

Followed the pct for the first stretch, then turned left at the junction to Mt Williamson. After summiting the mountain, you can continue further down a steep slope, then back up, then back down. The trail splits to continue pleasant view ridge on the left or to the ridge on the right where you can see old airplane wreckage about .5 miles in.

Overall fun trail with challenges and great views. I went on a rainy cloudy day in Los Angeles and the clouds were like a blanket laying over the basin below. Very scenic!

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!

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7 months ago

Hiked the loop clockwise this year on Super Bowl Sunday. Started at 6:30 and did not see a single person the entire day, very rare for these mountains. A few icy snow patches south of Windy Gap but not an issue. Hiked to Mt. Hawkins before heading back and down the ridge to bag the other peaks. nice day!

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9 months ago

Beautiful day in the San Gabriels - in addition to doing the loop and summiting South Hawkins, Sadie Hawkins, and Middle Hawkins, we also hiked over to Hawkins and Throop Peaks. 16 awesome miles of trail therapy. Trail conditions were great. The only drawback was no clear trail signage for Sadie Hawkins or Middle Hawkins. All in all, a great day.

Made it to the top 1 week ago. There's plenty of shade until you get to the top of the mountain, then another two miles to the end. The trail is not easy to follow 5 miles into the hike, sometimes found yourself rock climbing just to follow the path. Overall, there were some advantage points with breathtaking views. The view is rewarding way to end the hike

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Tuesday, July 04, 2017

I get the tracking data from my friend in our group. It is 13.5 miles. Definitely more than the 11.1 miles stated in the description

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Friday, June 30, 2017

I took the reverse of the route listed above. I went to So Mt Hawkins via the Mt Hawkins Fire Road (the sign indicates 4.8 miles). Coming back I used the Hawkins Ridge Trail and PCT to Windy Gap. Then descend to campground (2.5 miles). I think this is a easier route because the fire road is a gradual ascent while going up to Windy Gap is relatively steep ascent. I think the distance is more than 11.1 mile.

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