130 Photos - Sep 11, 2012
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Gate across the Crystal Lake visitor centerPhoto: 9:10 - Windy Gap Trail trailhead (0.0. mi.) (0.5 mi from visitor center)Photo: View north toward Windy Gap from near the beginning 
of Windy Gap TrailPhoto: Walking through the woods on Windy Gap TrailPhoto: First crossing of South Mt. Hawkins Lookout Rd (0.4 mi.)Photo: View north toward Windy Gap amidst Curve Fire damage 10 years laterPhoto: Rabbit brush adds lots of color through the dayPhoto: ElderberryPhoto: View south from Windy Gap Trail amidst Curve Fire damage 10 years laterPhoto: View south from Windy Gap Trail amidst Curve Fire damage from 2002Photo: 9:53 - Second occurrence of So. Mt. Hawkins Lookout RdPhoto: View southeast on South Mount Hawkins Lookout RoadPhoto: View southwest from South Mount Hawkins Road with damage from the 2002 Curve Fire in the foregroundPhoto: View west toward Islip Ridge from South Mount Hawkins RoadPhoto: Aerial litterPhoto: YuccaPhoto: View south at Snowslide CanyonPhoto: Road washout at Snowslide CanyonPhoto: View northwest toward Mt. IslipPhoto: View southeast on South Mount Hawkins RoadPhoto: View southwest toward the heart of Crystal Lake BasinPhoto: South Mount Hawkins Road slices along the west flank of Hawkins RidgePhoto: Compliments of the 2002 Curve FirePhoto: View south on South Mount Hawkins RoadPhoto: Blazing star (Mentzelia laevicaulis)Photo: View east into the headwaters of Soldier CreekPhoto: View west into the upper reaches of Soldier Creek with Twin Peaks East Peak on horizonPhoto: View south toward reservoirs in San Gabriel CanyonPhoto: View southeast...first view of South Mt. HawkinsPhoto: View south with Hwy 29 winding up the canyonPhoto: View southeast on South Mount Hawkins Road toward South Mount HawkinsPhoto: View southwestPhoto: View southeast toward South Mt. HawkinsPhoto: 3:32 - Saddle junction (7470’). View southPhoto: View north back toward Hawkins Ridge, Sadie Hawkins, and Middle HawkinsPhoto: View south from the south flank of So. Mt. Hawkins. Amazing panorama!Photo: View east toward Mt. BaldyPhoto: Round the bend for the final pitch to South Mt. HawkinsPhoto: 1:30 - South Mount Hawkins (7783’). Ruins of fire the lookoutPhoto: View south from the lookout ruinsPhoto: Ruins of South Mount Hawkins Fire LookoutPhoto: Effects of the 2002 Curve FirePhoto: Important facilities at the ruins of So. Mt. Hawkins Fire LookoutPhoto: View southwest. Downtown L.A. is out there somewhere beyond the mountainsPhoto: Oh, there’s L.A., peeking out from behind Monrovia Peak.Photo: View east toward Mt. Baldy from South Mt. HawkinsPhoto: 2:32 p.m. - View south toward the Williams Fire 2012  from the ruins of South Mount Hawkins Fire LookoutPhoto: Williams Fire 2012, East Fork San Gabriel River about 20 minutes after it startedPhoto: Williams Fire 2012 about 50 minutes after it statedPhoto: 3:16 p.m. - View south toward the Williams Fire 2012  from South Mount Hawkins one hour after it beginPhoto: View north from the northern edge of South Mt. Hawkins summitPhoto: View north from the north ridge of South Mt. Hawkins, my route downPhoto: 3:32 - Saddle junction (7470’). View northPhoto: Sign at South Mount Hawkins saddlePhoto: Sign at South Mount Hawkins saddlePhoto: View east toward Mt. Baldy being stalked by smoke an hour and 20 minutes after the fire startedPhoto: Sugar pine conesPhoto: Neading north approaching the official beginning of Hawkins Ridge TrailPhoto: View south from Hawkins Ridge toward South Mount Hawkins with smoke from Williams Fire 2012Photo: View west toward Mt. Baldy framed by Williams Fire smokePhoto: View north. This is where the trail disappeared. I stayed left.Photo: View west from Hawkins RidgePhoto: View north on Hawkins Ridge toward Sadie Hawkins. Picking a route veering rightPhoto: Aerial litterPhoto: View south from Hawkins Ridge toward south Hawkins two hours after the Williams Fire 2012 startedPhoto: Approaching the summit of Sadie HawkinsPhoto: Sadie Hawkins (8047'). View northwest toward Windy Gap and Mt. Islip (left)Photo: Smoke fills the southern skyPhoto: View north toward Middle Hawkins from the north ridge of Sadie Hawkins. Bicycle tracks?Photo: Heading north on Hawkins Ridge en route to Middle HawkinsPhoto: View north on Hawkins Ridge en route to Middle HawkinsPhoto: View south from the south flank of Middle HawkinsPhoto: Hawkins Ridge Trail on the east flank of Middle Hawkins. Fine rockwork by the San Gabriel Mountains TrailbuildersPhoto: View north toward saddle north of Middle HawkinsPhoto: Heading south climbing the ridge to Middle HawkinsPhoto: 6:13 - Middle Hawkins (8505'). View northPhoto: View south from Middle HawkinsPhoto: View northwest from Middle HawkinsPhoto: Heading north on Hawkins Ridge Trail skirting the final knob before the PCT junctionPhoto: Curve Fire damage on Hawkins Ridge TrailPhoto: Looking back south on Hawkins Ridge Trail toward Middle HawkinsPhoto: 6:50 - Pacific Crest Trail junction (8390’)Photo: Heading east on PCT east of Hawkins Ridge Trail junctionPhoto: View south on PCT east of Hawkins Ridge Trail junctionPhoto: View south on PCT toward Sadie Hawkins (left) and Middle HawkinsPhoto: Approaching the west ridge of Mount Hawkins off trailPhoto: View west from the west ridge of Mount HawkinsPhoto: View south from the west ridge of Mount HawkinsPhoto: Sunset from the west ridge of Mount HawkinsPhoto: View south from the west ridge of Mount Hawkins minutes after sunset, 5 hours after the start of the Williams Fire 2012Photo: 7:27 PM - Mount Hawkins (8850’). View south menaced by acrid smoke from the Williams FirePhoto: Descending from Mount Hawkins after sunsetPhoto: View southeast toward Pomona Valley from my campsite on Copter RidgePhoto: Monday, Sept. 3 - 5:57 AM - Pre-sunrise view southeast toward Pomona Valley from my campsite on Copter RidgePhoto: Pre-sunrise view east from Copter RidgePhoto: View southeast from Copter RidgePhoto: Fine campsite on Copter RidgePhoto: View south from Copter Ridge. Smoke chokes the canyonsPhoto: Heading north up Copter Ridge. I climbed down that last night in the dark!Photo: View northeast from Copter Ridge toward Throop Peak (left) and Mt. BurnhamPhoto: View east from Copter Ridge toward Mt. Baden-PowellPhoto: View south from Copter Ridge toward South Hawkins and the Williams Fire 2012Photo: 8:30 - Mount Hawkins (8850’). View south back down Copter Ridge. Very different from last night!Photo: Impressive panorama south from Mount Hawkins toward Hawkins Ridge: South Mt. Hawkins (left), Sadie Hawkins, and Middle Hawkins (right) with Monrovia Peak poking up in the distancePhoto: View west from Mount Hawkins. Smoke is starting to creep into Crystal Lake Basin. I came up that ridge at sunset last night.Photo: Summit of Mount Hawkins, tenth tallest peak in the San GabrielsPhoto: Heading northeast on the fine trail leading 0.2 mile from Mt. Hawkins to PCT. This was the trail I should have been on last night!Photo: Junction with PCT 0.2 mile northeast of Mt. HawkinsPhoto: Heading west on PCT toward the saddle west of Mt. HawkinsPhoto: Heading west on PCT toward the Mt. Hawkins Ridge Junction. The smoke from the Williams Fire is getting worse.Photo: 9:29 - South Hawking Ridge Trail junction (8390’)Photo: Looking south toward Middle Hawkins from PCTPhoto: Heading west on PCT between Hawkins Ridge and Windy GapPhoto: Heading west on PCT between Hawkins Ridge and Windy GapPhoto: View west from PCT amidst smoke from the Williams  Fire 2012 and damage from the Curve Fire 2002Photo: View back east on PCT amidst the toothpick forest caused by the 2002 Curve Fire and smoky haze from the Williams Fire 2012Photo: This young Jeffery pine brings new life along PCT.Photo: 10:30 - Windy Gap (7588’) (2.2 miles from Mt. Hawkins). Looking west on PCTPhoto: View southeast from Windy Gap down Windy Gap TrailPhoto: Heading south on Windy Gap Trial among dead trees and smokePhoto: 11:46 - So. Mt. Hawkins Lookout Road. The loop is complete. Now for the final 1.1 miles to the trailhead and 0.5 mile to my car.Photo: On Windy Gap Trail. Nice to be back among living trees.Photo: Crossing So Mt. Hawkins Lookout Road for the last timePhoto: 12:22 - Windy Gap Trail trailhead (5830’)Photo: 12:45 - Arrive back at Crystal Lake visitor center. Forest Service personnel are relieved to see me to order me off the mountain.Photo: View northeast from Hwy 39 toward South Mount Hawkins. Those aren’t clouds!Photo: A deserted West Fork...a rare sight on Labor Day weekendPhoto: Dozer at Rincon on Hwy 39Photo: View east from Hwy 39 toward the Williams Fire 2012Photo: News coverage of Williams Fire 2012