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14F

Mount Hawkins

8850'

Location: Los Angeles County, about 15 miles north-northeast of Glendora, 56 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 Islip, South Mount Hawkins (LO), Middle Hawkins, Throop Peak

Printable version of this route

ROUTE 1

(USFS Adventure Pass required)
Distance: 8 miles round trip on trail
Gain: 2200'
Time: 4-5 hours round trip
Rating: Class 1, moderate
Navigation: Easy

Original: Warren E. von Pertz, October 1968

DRIVING ROUTE 1

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

HIKING ROUTE 1

  • From the parking area (6600'), cross Angeles Crest Highway and go up the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT).
  • Hike up the PCT to Little Jimmy Campground.
  • Continue on the PCT past the campground to Windy Gap.
  • Continue east on the PCT for 1.5 miles farther to saddle 8400', where a trail forks to the south. This is the turnoff for Middle Hawkins and South Mount Hawkins (LO).
  • Take the left (east) fork, the PCT, up past bump 8800'+ and on to where the trail arrives on the ridge northeast of the summit.
  • Here there is a fork heading southwest along the ridge. This is the turnoff for Throop Peak.
  • Turn right and follow this trail up to the summit.

Printable version of this route

ROUTE 2

(USFS Adventure Pass required)
Distance: 6 miles round trip on trail
Gain: 1600'
Time: 3-4 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 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 Middle Hawkins and South Mount Hawkins (LO).
  • Take the left (east) fork, the PCT, up past bump 8800'+ and on to where the trail arrives on the ridge northeast of the summit. Here there is a fork heading southwest along the ridge. This is the turnoff for Throop Peak.
  • Turn right and follow this trail up to the summit.

Printable version of this route

ROUTE 3

(USFS Adventure Pass required)
Distance: 6 miles round trip on trail
Gain: 1100'
Time: 4 hours round trip
Rating: Class 1, moderate
Navigation: Easy

Original: Warren E. von Pertz, October 1968

DRIVING ROUTE 3

  • From the intersection of I-210 and Angeles Crest Highway, drive north on Angeles Crest Highway for about 46 miles to a parking area just past Dawson Saddle. Park here.

HIKING ROUTE 3

  • From the parking area (7920'), cross to the south side of the road to where a trail begins. Hike up this trail to a trail junction northeast of Throop Peak.
  • Turn left and follow the trail to the saddle northeast of Mount Hawkins. Here there is a trail heading southwest along the ridge.
  • Turn left and follow this trail up to the summit.

Printable version of this route

ROUTE 4

(Entrance Fee for Crystal Lake area)
Distance: 12 miles round trip on trail
Gain: 3000'
Time: 5-6 hours round trip
Rating: Class 1, moderate
Navigation: Easy

Original: Warren E. von Pertz, October 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 Windy Gap.
  • Turn right (east) on the PCT for 1.5 miles farther to saddle 8400', where a trail forks to the south. This is the turnoff for Middle Hawkins and South Mount Hawkins (LO).
  • Take the left (east) fork, the PCT, up past bump 8800'+ and on to where the trail arrives on the ridge northeast of the summit. Here there is a fork along the ridge to the southwest. This is the turnoff for Throop Peak.
  • Turn right and follow this trail up to the summit.

NOTE

Since it is necessary to climb Mount Hawkins in order to get to Copter Ridge, these two peaks are normally done together.

The Forest Service named the peak for Miss Nellie Hawkins, a popular waitress at the nearby Squirrel Inn.

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Hundred Peaks Section, Angeles Chapter, Sierra Club
Published 22-December-2005
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