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Hawkins Ridge Trail #9W28

Easy/Intermediate

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2.6 mile 4.2 kilometer point to point
79% Runnable
Easy/Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 329' 100 m
Descent: -959' -292 m
High: 8,411' 2,564 m
Low: 7,497' 2,285 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 9% (5°)
Max Grade: 24% (13°)

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Trail shared by Alan Coles

A remote and scenic trail in high alpine wilderness.

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Features Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

No bicycles. Most of the trail is inside of the Sheep Mountain Wilderness.

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Adventure Pass required to park at local trailheads.

Description

The Hawkins Ridge Trail connects the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) with South Mt. Hawkins and the South Hawkins Road #3N07. The trail traverses the north-south ridge in a high alpine forest with stunning views of the East Fork San Gabriel River, and the lofty peaks in the Sheep Mountain Wilderness.

The north end of the trail is reached by taking the PCT 1.4 miles east from Windy Gap or 1.7 miles from Little Jimmy Campground. At an elevation of 8400 ft., the trail passes through a forest of lodgepole pines, white fir and Jeffrey Pines and gradually descends on the east side of the ridge where Mt. San Antonio, better knows as "Mt. Baldy", looms well above the deep gorge of the East Fork.

Lower down the trail passes through meadows containing dense fields of purple lupine in spring. It then meets with the South Hawkins Road #3N07 at a saddle. An extension of the trail continues up the ridge to the top of South Mt. Hawkins where an impressive view of the surrounding peaks can be seen along with the main canyons of the San Gabriel River.

The lower end of the trail can be reached by taking the Windy Gap Trail #9W06 from the Crystal Lake area, then running 3 miles up the South Hawkins Road #3N07 to the trail junction.

Flora & Fauna

High alpine forest of lodgepole pine, white fir, sugar pine, Jeffrey Pine. Spectacular wildflower meadows in spring on lower trail. Bear, bighorn sheep, and deer are infrequently sighted.

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The loo with the view. Remains of cabin on South Mt. Hawkins.
Feb 11, 2018 near Wrightwood, CA
Foundation of lookout tower on South Mt. Hawkins
Feb 14, 2018 near Wrightwood, CA
View of Highway 39 rising from San Gabriel Canyon to Crystal Lake.
Feb 11, 2018 near Wrightwood, CA
Hawkins Ridge Trail with Mt. Baldy
Feb 11, 2018 near Wrightwood, CA
Above the clouds
Feb 14, 2018 near Wrightwood, CA
Monrovia Peak and Mt. Wilson from Hawkins Ridge
Feb 21, 2018 near Wrightwood, CA

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