Windy Gap Trail #9W06
ElevationAscent: 1,721' 525 m
Descent: 0' 0 m
High: 7,556' 2,303 m
Low: 5,834' 1,778 m
GradeAvg Grade: 13% (7°)
Max Grade: 31% (17°)
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“Enjoy peace and solitude in the San Gabriel Mountains, only 1.5 hours from Los Angeles.”— Taylor Reilly
When you reach Windy Gap on the Islip Ridge there is a junction with the Pacific Crest Trail that runs from Mexico to Canada. If you want to reach the Mount Islip summit, ascend west (left at the junction) onto the Mount Islip Trail. Or, if you want to descend back to the Windy Gap Trailhead, hike back down the trail from the direction you came.
When you reach the junction with South Hawkins Road, continue straight on the Windy Gap Trail downhill to the trailhead. Use this last section of flatter terrain for your cool-down, before making it down to the car. After making it to the trailhead parking lot, reward yourself with some food, beverages, and ice cream at the Crystal Lake Basin Snack Bar and Trading Post.
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