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Almost didn't go because of the potential loose dogs (and couldn't get a call back from the Rangers for any update) but decided it was well-trafficked enough in case anything were to happen, especially on a weekend. I did take my dog and it was a gorgeous hike with lots of shade cover for most of the way. The only dogs we encountered were leashed and well-behaved which is always nice to see. A note if you have any kiddos (or adults or dogs) that get carsick on windy roads: coming from LA, I took the 210 to the 2 to get there but took the 2 to the 138 to the 14 on the return trip to avoid a lot of the super windy drive on the 2.

Thanks for the update on the dogs, I was planning on carrying a Bear spray or something....

This trail should be rated extremely dangerous between Heaton flats and Easy Fork (aka Alison mine trail) and furthermore life threatening. Truly I feel it should be removed as to not allow others to put their lives in this much danger.
There are no clear trail markers and the trail has been mostly washed out. Wrong turns may honestly be your last and almost was for quite a few of us.
This should not even be a trail on all trails as I think many avid backpackers would be risking their lives by taking this trail.
Perhaps this was once luxurious. Now, it is one the most dangerous experiences I have ever had in my life.
Also, good luck if you get stuck like we did- there’s no signal or way for anyone to get you help or off the mountain side.

I’m unbelievably thankful that I had the people with me that I did- or I would not be here to tell the story.

This is not a trail!!!! The section between Heaton Flats and the mine and to bridge is all but gone!
it’s washed out by stone and is extremely dangerous!! navigating along the ridge mostly cliff and loose rock falling in some spots is certain death
Since the trail is so washed out it’s very very difficult to stay on course
U could never bring enough water in summer do to the time required to navigate the treacherous terain we holed up in Allison mine until the heat subsided and continued navigating the terrain on not more than broken game trails there was also yucca unchecked along the cliff
u had no option but to go through its choke points of yucca!! there was lots of blood! Popped mattresses (painful)
All trails needs to remove this trail as it does not exist the forest service removed it already
Someone could get lost and die on this supposed trail !
AllTrails would be wise to at least rate it as extremely difficult

Ok good !!! Thank You !!!

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3 days ago

I did this hike on Friday, July 13th and fortunately did not encounter any aggressive dogs.

What is the latest with the dog situation? Were they picked up?

The hike is very pretty,i really enjoyed it,but had a horrible experience today going down with a group of hikers bec one solo female hiker told us on the summit that 2 girls were attacked by 2 dogs,on the way down we encountered them,they were pitbulls on the loose,at the lamel spring sign,they were very aggresive didnt back down even seeing theres 6 of us trying to scare them away,instead both dogs charged us and one of us got bitten good thing its not too serious but he had a lot of bite marks,try to stay away from this trail for now or check with the ranger first.

please avoid the night hike! We encounter 4 aggressive mountain lions. We didn't get to finish the hike. follow skyhighhiking on I.g for more adventure.

One of my favorites

Smooth dirt path with plenty of shade spots the whole trail. Open at the top with amazing views all around.

Beautiful scenery throughout the entire hike. Plenty of coverage from the sun any time of day, low coverage the last mile since it is above ridgeline. Pretty steep gradient all the way to the peak, so bring plenty of water because it's quite a workout. We had experienced hikers as well as first timers, all made it to the peak.

Highly recommend this hike, the views at the peak are amazing. Even had several aircraft (gliders) flying around us, which was pretty cool to watch.

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14 days ago

Nice hike with the kids. Graffiti was disappointing but we enjoyed ourselves very much.

This used to be one of my favorite hikes. I have not been on it for about a year. I was so dissapointed today, because the graffiti has gotten way worse. It used to be just at the mine itself. well now it's all the way along the trail, even on Trees. Somone needs to find these creeps and spay paint all over thier bodies and see how they like it. Disgusting and very sad. We went this morning, the view is still amaxing from the mine. We went up super early to avoid the heat, so we didnt see any hooligans. it was very depressing to see the destruction of nature.

This is one of my fav of the SoCal Peaks.... its got resistance, beauty, shade...fun!

You’re drawn in by all the photos you’ve seen of the mine and it’s window framed view of Thunder Mtn, Mt Baldy, and Iron Mtn. Well, the other side of this popular and easy hike is that it brings taggers, punk kids that litter, and folks that just want to get drunk and high at the mine. One and done.

First things first you will need a parking pass that you can get from the ranger station nearby. I really enjoyed this hike, lots of switchbacks but the views at the top are well worth it. Bring lots of water (at least 2 liters) -you will need it especially on hot days. I brought my dog (70lb lab mix) and he loved it! There is lots of shade except for the last quarter mile. very secluded trail, i only saw about a dozen people on the trail.

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19 days ago

Saw a snake. Great views. I really enjoyed the hike

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22 days ago

Great hike for a quick outing. Started off of Hwy 2 at the yellow gate. I hiked past Little Jimmy Trail Camp, visited Little Jimmy Spring, moved up to Windy Gap then to the summit of Mount Islip. Fantastic views from the top. Signed the book and returned the same way. I clocked about 6 miles on this route.

Amazing views from the summit.

Really liked this trail. Scenic views at the top aren’t as good as other hikes (Cucamonga/Baldy) but still pretty. The trail itself was what made this awesome for me. Easy to follow switchbacks all the way up. I would rate as moderate if you are in decent shape. Good spots for an overnighter about halfway up.

Took the day off from work to hike on the first day of summer. The trail conditions were really good. Especially loved the fact that I had the trail to myself. Be aware that there are lots of flying bugs this time of year, and the weather is much warmer so make sure to plan accordingly. I can't stress how important keeping oneself hydrated is to the enjoyment of this hike.

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27 days ago

We were two families with kids aged 4 and 5 with us. It is a great hike with lovely weather. There are some rocky narrow patches but nothing that cannot be done if the kids cooperate. The mine is quite old. Nice view of the mountains and the river basin. We also encountered a mini waterfall near the mine. It was quite refreshing. The trail is partly shaded. Parking lot is big. We reached at 11.30 am on Sunday and there were lot of parking spaces left. The restroom on the trailhead - not clean. The greenery on the trail is really welcoming and we saw lots of beautiful wildflowers. All in all - a nice family hike on Father's day!

A Boy Scouts MUST - Baden Powell, the founder!!! Monument at the summit!!

All Trails®:
Total Distance: 8mi.
Elevation Gain: 2,759ft.

We got to the trail head at 7:55am and by 8:05 the entire parking lot was filled up. There were lots of large groups gettin ready to take off so we quickly used the restroom and were on our way. According to my All Trails® map, the first mile took us 25 minutes and was 656 ft elevation gain. The second mile we did in 26 minutes and was 732 ft elevation gain. Third was 27 minutes and 696 ft elevation gain. And lastly, our fourth mile was 35 minutes and 679 ft elevation gain. The last mile was definitely the hardest and I could feel my legs gettin heavier and fingers pulsing from the elevation by the 4th mile. There is a great stopping point near the 1500 year old tree that will give you a glimpse of what the summit looks like. I personally thought that was it. It was so gorgeous. But, only a few more minutes and you'll be at the summit. And you will be so happy. Its a panoramic view that will take your breath away. We got to the top and dropped our gear and just relaxed a little. There were a good amount of folks at the top and they were all super friendly. We ran into some PCT'ers that have been hiking for roughly a month with 4-5 more months ahead of them. Unbelievable!!

So after we took our pics, we made our way down and that was fairly quick. It can be a little dangerous when trying to get out of the way for folks coming up so I caution you to be very careful of where your feet are. But for the most part, you'll get down quick and its not so steep to hurt your knees. I will suggest, dry, tight shoes to keep from rubbing the bottoms on the way down. That was my mistake and my soles were pretty sore by the bottom.

We saw kids on the hike who were doing great. I'd say any kid over the age of 12 would be good if you were going to bring them along. And I had my to pups as well so as long as yours are in good shape and can handle other pups, they would love this hike. My heelers absolutely enjoyed it but were exhausted by the end so keep that in mind when debating the furry friends.

This was my first of the Six Pack of Peaks and very well could one of my all time favorites. It was a beautiful hike all the way up and down. Go early and you'll enjoy the wonderful weather. If not, I fear that It may be too hot, especially to a beginner.

See ya on the trail!
MLA

This is one of my favorites in the Angeles Forest. The parking is pretty plentiful but I would still get there early because it will fill up. The trail immediately starts off steep and is basically a series of switchbacks all the way to the top. You will have plenty of shade and some beautiful views even before you get to the top.
As soon as the switchbacks stop you will reach a saddle with the summit at the end of it.
This is a moderately trafficked trail. You will run into PCT hikers who are always interesting!
All of the photos I saw had a cool layer of clouds below the summit but I didn’t get that lucky.
I definitely recommend this hike!

Tough trail for beginners, the switch backs will make you feel like you’ll never get there but the trail is well worth going to the top. I definitely felt the altitude changes, make sure you take breaks often, it only took us 4 hours to do so it’s not too bad of a hike. Was really windy but was a good start to my weekend. 6/15/18

4/20 gorgeous day but wind chill at the top was pretty cold. Very few patches of snow left, no spikes needed but poles recommended. Highly recommend this hike.

Great reward of a view/location for a short hike. Elevation gain is not too bad, pretty easy but I am in decent shape. Maybe about 45min one way. I went about 1/4 mile into cave...but its pitch black, wouldn’t go in w/o a good lamp. Who knows how far it goes but there are several deviations in cave.

Very challenging with all the switchbacks. I made it to the top where the flag and wooden sign is. Great views all around. Very refreshing at the top. My group found a great spot to relax, eat, and nap.

Was a great trail, but wouldn’t say easy and I’m in great shape. Few slippery spots and narrow areas. Be mindful that you are in the wilderness. Saw a king snake, was informed by two separate hiking groups of a rattler near the cave by the mine. Also saw a deer crossing the hillside.

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