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Big Cienega Trail

Beginning Elevation: 6,300 Feet (1963.8 Meters)
Difficulty: Moderate
Length: 2 Miles (3.33 Kilometers) to Islip Ridge junction.

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General Description

Big Cienega Trail begins off the Windy Gap Trail above its second junction with the South Mt. Hawkins Road. From there, it climbs westward above Big Cienega Spring through stately old growth pines and cedars until it reaches the Islip Ridge Trail. From this junction, you can hike one mile to the summit of Mt. Islip, travel to Little Jimmy Campground, continue the loop to Windy Gap or you can hop on the Pacific Crest Trail.

Directions from Azusa, CA: Travel San Gabriel Canyon Road 25 miles north to the Crystal Lake Recreation Area.

Seasonal Information:
Normally Open: Year-round .

Current Conditions & Trip Reports

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Filed By: Ben White (Monrovia, CA)
Time of Day: All day
Length of Time: Worked on trail
Difficulty: Moderate
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: This trail is in an area closed by the Curve Fire of last year. We are working on restoring the trail in the Crystal Lake area. The fire burned up the hillside in the area of this trail, we worked on clearing deadfalls and repairing erosion problems. Those wishing to help can get information at www.sgmtrailbuilders.org Thanks, Ben White SBMTB

Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Backpacking PCT
ICON Camping Lake Crystal Recreation Area
ICON Hiking & Walking Big Cienega Trail
ICON Plant Identification Pines, Cedars
ICON Viewing Scenery San Gabriel River Ranger District
ICON Viewing Wildlife Birds, Mammals

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