Mt. Williamson Dayhike 26 June 1988

What: A day hike to the top of Mt. Williamson, in the San Gabriels.

When: Sun 26 June 1988. Leave trailhead 10:00 am; return to town late afternoon.

Statistics: Rating Moderate. elevation gain 1600 ft; summit 8214 ft; 5 miles round trip.

Route and highlights: Follow the dirt road uphill 100 yards, then turn right onto the trail that switchbacks up Williamson's southwest ridge. You pass through an open forest of Jeffrey and ponderosa pine, with white fir becoming more abundant as you near 8000'. In about 2 miles, you reach the ridgetop and meet the trail coming up from Islip Saddle. From this point, you are rewarded with a superb view southward, directly into the rugged trench of Bear Canyon, 3000' below. To reach the summit, follow a faint trail northward along the ridge, climbing over several bumps to the 8214' high point overlooking the desert. This point is shown as the summit on the topo map, although a bump 1/4 mile northwest is 30' higher and offers a better view of the Devils Punchbowl country and the San Andreas Fault.

An option is to go back down via the trail to Islip Saddle (the saddle is 1.6 miles east of our original trail head) and have a car shuttle between the two locations.

Topo Map: Crystal Lake (7.5') or Valyermo (15').

Reference: John W. Robinson, "Trails of the Angeles", 5th Ed., p. 154. Trip no. 65.

Bring: 2 quarts water per person, lunch, hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, sweater, poncho if it looks like rain, "ten essentials". Leader will have first-aid kit.

Driving Details: Take Angeles Crest Highway 39.5 miles from the La Canada-Flintridge city limit and park in the large clearing on the north side of the road. This site is 2.5 miles east of Kratka Ridge, .5 miles east of Eagle's Roost picnic area, and 1/4 mile west of the tunnels. No sign marks the location. Allow 1:45 to 2 hours driving time from the South Bay. Be at trail head by 10:00 am.

Leader: Bruce Hamilton. work: (213)333-8075. home: (213)322-4602. E-Mail: Hamilton:OSBU South:Xerox

Miscellany: Write or call the leader if you plan to come. Let me if you need a ride or can offer a ride. Bad weather will cancel.