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14E

Middle Hawkins

8505'

Location: Los Angeles County, about 14 miles north of Glendora, 65 miles from Los Angeles

Maps

Auto Club: Los Angeles and Vicinity
Forest Service: Angeles National Forest
USGS Topo: Crystal Lake 7½
HPS: Route(s), waypoints and explanation of usage

Nearby Peaks: Mount Hawkins, South Mount Hawkins (LO), Mount Islip

Printable version of this route

ROUTE 1

(USFS Adventure Pass required)
Distance: 10 miles round trip on trail
Gain: 2000' total, 1900' out plus 100' on return
Time: 5 hours round trip
Rating: Class 1, moderate
Navigation: Easy

Original: Warren E. von Pertz, July 1968

DRIVING ROUTE 1

  • From the intersection of I-210 and Angeles Crest Highway (SR 2), drive 39.5 miles (mile marker 64.1) on the Angeles Crest Highway to Islip Saddle. Park here.

HIKING ROUTE 1

  • From the parking area (6600'), hike across the Angeles Crest Highway to the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT).
  • Hike up the PCT, past Little Jimmy Campground to Windy Gap.
  • Continue east on the PCT for 1.4 miles farther to saddle 8400', where a trail forks to the south. This is the turnoff for Mount Hawkins.
  • Take the south fork, keeping left at what looks like an immediate fork, until the trail goes around the east side of elevation 8440'+ to the saddle south of it.
  • Here a use trail goes off to the right and up the ridge to the summit, about 1/3 mile from the trail fork.

Printable version of this route

ROUTE 2

(USFS Adventure Pass required)
Distance: 4 miles round trip on trail
Gain: 1400' total, 1300' out plus 100' on return
Time: 2 1/2 hours round trip
Rating: Class 1, moderate
Navigation: Easy

Original: George Wysup, September 2000

DRIVING ROUTE 2

  • From the intersection of I-210 and Angeles Crest Highway (SR 2), drive 41.6 miles on the Angeles Crest Highway to a parking area on the right at mile marker 66.37. Park here (UTM 240006).

HIKING ROUTE 2

  • From the parking area (7260'), note the large center gully on the south side of the highway with a vertical culvert pipe at the bottom. On the left side of the gully there is an obvious use trail that ascends steeply up the slope.
  • Hike up this use trail, bearing about 210°, 1/4 mile to Windy Gap (7588').
  • Continue east on the PCT for 1.4 miles farther to saddle 8400', where a trail forks to the south. This is the turnoff for Mount Hawkins.
  • Take the south fork, keeping left at what looks like an immediate fork, until the trail goes around the east side of elevation 8440'+ to the saddle south of it.
  • Here a use trail goes off to the right and up the ridge to the summit about 1/3 mile from the trail fork.

Printable version of this route

ROUTE 3

(Entrance Fee for Crystal Lake area)
Distance: 12 miles round trip on trail and road
Gain: 2750'
Time: 5-6 hours round trip
Rating: Class 1, moderate
Navigation: Easy

Original: Warren E. von Pertz, October 1968

DRIVING ROUTE 3

  • From I-210 and San Gabriel Canyon Road (SR 39), go north on SR 39 to Crystal Lake Campground. Park in the day-use parking area in the campground near the trailhead to the Windy Gap Trail.

HIKING ROUTE 3

  • From the parking area (5800'+), hike up the Windy Gap Trail to Windy Gap.
  • Turn left (east) on the PCT for 1 1/2 miles farther to saddle 8400', where a trail forks to the south. This is the turn-off point for Mount Hawkins.
  • Take the south fork, keeping left at what looks like an immediate fork, until the trail goes around the east side of elevation 8440'+ to the saddle south of it.
  • Here a use trail goes off to the right up the ridge about 1/3 mile to the summit.

Printable version of this route

ROUTE 4

(Entrance Fee for Crystal Lake area)
Distance: 10 miles round trip on trail and road
Gain: 3100'
Time: 5-6 hours round trip
Rating: Class 1, strenuous
Navigation: Easy

Original: Warren E. von Pertz, July 1968

DRIVING ROUTE 4

  • From I-210 and San Gabriel Canyon Road (SR 39), go north on SR 39 to Crystal Lake Campground. Park in the day-use parking area in the campground near the trailhead to the Windy Gap Trail.

HIKING ROUTE 4

  • From the parking area (5800'+), hike up the Windy Gap Trail to where it crosses dirt road 3N07 the second time. There may be a sign "S Hawkins Road 3N07, Hawkins Lookout 5". (This mileage is incorrect.)
  • Turn right and follow the road up to a saddle (7440'+) just north of South Mount Hawkins (LO). This is the turnoff for South Mount Hawkins (LO).
  • Hike north up the ridge on a road which goes a short distance to a heliport.
  • A trail leaves on the right side. Follow this trail up Hawkins ridge to a point just north of Middle Hawkins.
  • From here follow a use trail south up the ridge about 1/3 mile to the summit.

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Published 22-December-2005
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