Pets allowed
Allowed with Restrictions
Elevation Gain
4,828.00 ft (1,471.57 m)
Trail type
Shuttle
Distance
12.60 mi (20.28 km)
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Pleasant View Ridge from Islip Saddle is a 12.6-mile point-to-point route that traverses a high ridge in the San Gabriel Mountains within Angeles National Forest. The trailhead is located at Islip Saddle, off the Angeles Crest Highway (CA-2), northwest of Wrightwood, California. This hike begins with an ascent of Mount Williamson and continues across rocky, rugged, and steep terrain with spectacular views of the surrounding jagged peaks and the Mojave Desert. The trail is strenuous and best suited for experienced hikers. 

DIRECTIONS

From Islip Saddle, ascend Mount Williamson and continue along the Pleasant View Ridge Trail. From Burkhart Saddle, follow an unmarked trail up and around the slopes of Thrall Peak. You should be prepared for a steep climb as the trail gains almost 1,000 feet of elevation between Burkhart Saddle and Pleasant View Ridge (7,983'). In return for your hard work, you will be rewarded with panoramic views of the surrounding mountains and desert. After climbing Pleasant View Ridge, descend back to Burkhart Saddle and take the Burkhart Trail down to Buckhorn Campground.

LOGISTICS AND CONSIDERATIONS

  • The Pacific Crest Trail has been closed for many years between Islip Saddle and Buckhorn Campground therefore making it difficult to complete this trip as a loop. 

  • Camping is available at Buckhorn Campground on a first-come, first-serve basis. 

  • It is possible to complete the route in either direction. Both Islip Saddle and Buckhorn Campground offer day use and overnight parking. 

TRAILHEAD INFORMATION

  • Islip Saddle is located in the middle of Angeles Crest Highway (CA-2) which runs through Angeles National Forest from La Canada/Flintridge to Wrightwood / Cajon Pass.  

  • The day use area features a moderately sized parking area with picnic tables and bathrooms.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Pleasant View Ridge Wilderness: https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/angeles/specialplaces/?cid=stelprdb5210348

San Gabriel Wilderness: https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/angeles/specialplaces/?cid=stelprdb5194633

Buckhorn Campground: https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/angeles/recreation/recarea/?recid=41690&actid=31

 

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Spring
Fall
Summer

Congestion

Moderate

Parking Pass

Adventure Pass required

Open Year-round

Yes

Pros

Panoramic Views. Solitude.

Cons

Rugged. Very Strenuous.

Trailhead Elevation

6,653.00 ft (2,027.83 m)

Highest point

8,223.00 ft (2,506.37 m)

Features

Backcountry camping
Wildlife
Big vistas

Typically multi-day

No

Permit required

No

Location

Nearby Adventures

San Gabriel + San Bernardino Mountains, California
San Gabriel + San Bernardino Mountains, California

Nearby Lodging + Camping

San Gabriel + San Bernardino Mountains, California
Crystal Lake Recreation Area, San Gabriel Mountains
Angeles National Forest, San Gabriel Mountains

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