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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 ClubLos Angeles and Vicinity
Forest ServiceAngeles National Forest
USGS TopoCrystal Lake 7½
Official HPS Maps TPO file - Save to your computer then open with National Geographic TOPO!
 Viewable JPG file - Approximately 1.2 megs
 GPX file or Google Earth KML file to download to GPS units and other map software (How to use GPX and KML files)
 Routes as shown on CalTopo using the above files (How to use CalTopo)

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

Printable version of this route

ROUTE 1

(USFS Adventure Pass may be 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 may be 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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