Mount Williamson via Islip Saddle

This hike is off Hwy 2 past Wrightwood, so it's a little out of the way. That said, it's a fun, easy, scenic hike that's worth the drive.

Mount Williamson is a beautiful hike, but it is so far off the beaten path. In fact, it takes longer to get to it than it takes to hike it. It is still worth the drive.

I blocked off half the day for a fitness hike and decided to roll the dice and give this one a try. I really liked it. The trail is part of the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT). It starts at Islip Saddle and climbs through pine trees and beautiful views of the San Gabriel Mountains and the Antelope Valley. The PCT trail splits off to the left about 1.5 miles from the trailhead and the Mount Williamson Trail continues to the summit. The trail passes the summit and follows a ridge with more great views at the end.

If you have got a half day to spend in the wilderness and you don’t want to push too hard, this hike is for you.

Mount Williamson via Islip Saddle Quick Facts

  • Adventure Pass required

  • Dogs allowed

  • Allow 2.5 hours

  • Easy

  • Elevation 8,244′

  • 1,575′ of elevation gain

  • 5 miles

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Elevation Profile

Islip Saddle Trailhead

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