Photographs from the Photography on the Run post: Trail Running Weather: Islip Saddle - South Fork - Mt. Baden-Powell Loop
Islip Saddle (about 6650') on Angeles Crest Highway (Hwy 2) in the San Gabriel Mountains near Los Angeles. Islip Saddle is on the Pacific Crest Trail and is at about mile 26 of the AC100 course. The South Fork Trail trailhead is on the northwest corner of the parking lot.
Runners on the South Fork Trail about 2 miles into the loop.
The South Fork Trail is a rugged, adventurous trail perched on the west side of the canyon of the South Fork of Big Rock Creek.
Runners on the South Fork Trail between Islip Saddle and South Fork Campground.
There are numerous (usually) small rock slides on the South Fork Trail.
The South Fork of Big Rock Creek had more water than I expected given the dry water year we are experiencing. May 11, 2013.
Descending to the South Fork of Big Rock Creek. The trail follows along the west side of the creek for about 0.1 mile before crossing the creek South Fork Campground is a short distance after the crossing.
South Fork Campground (at end of road) from the Manzanita Trail.
A section of the Manzanita Trail that crosses a stabilized slide.
One of several debris-filled washes that are crossed on the Manzanita Trail. (From a previous run.)
Beavertail cactus (Opuntia basilaris) at about 5400' on the Manzanita Trail. May 11, 2013.
Looking up at Angeles Crest Highway from the Manzanita Trail.
Map of the High Desert Trail segments at Vincent Gap.
Hikers on the Mt. Baden-Powell segment of the Pacific Crest Trail.
Looking back down to the South Fork from Mt. Baden-Powell.
We heard the labored drone of a sailplane tow plane a couple of times while ascending Mt. Baden-Powell. It looked like it was going to be a good day for soaring, with the cloud base well above the crest of the San Gabriel Mountains.
Mt. Baldy from near the summit of Mt. Baden-Powell. May 11, 2013. The amount of snow is comparable to record low water year of July 2006 to June 2007.
1954 Benchmark Triangulation Station on Mt. Baden-Powell. One of two benchmarks on the peak.
There were patches of "snow" above about 8000' from last Sunday's storm. The snow looked like it had been a mix of frozen rain, rime and snow that had fallen in large clumps from tree branches as it thawed. This small patch was on the PCT just east of Throop Peak at about 8600'.
Western wallflower (Erysimum capitatum), a member of the Mustard family, is usually one of the first brightly-colored wildflowers you'll see along mountain trails in the Spring after the snow melts. May 11, 2013.
It was a postcard day in the San Gabriels. Mt. Baldy is the peak in the distance. The manzanita in the foreground was burned in the 2002 Curve Fire.
The trees in the center of the photo and to the left are primarily Jeffrey pines. The tree on the right is a white fir.
The Jeffrey pine with the truncated crown, near Mt. Hawkins, has been struck by lightning and has a spiral scar running down its trunk.
Spiral scar on the Mt. Hawkins lightning tree. The tree is located at the junction of the path leading to the summit of Mt. Hawkins and the PCT. It is in the fork between the two trails.
Another image of the spiral scar on the Mt. Hawkins lightning tree. From a previous run.
Manzanita along the PCT near Islip Saddle.
From left to right: Craig, Rainer, Rosa and Marcus. This is at the Wally Waldron Tree, just below the summit of Mt. Baden-Powell. Mt. Baldy is in the distance on the left.
Elevation profile for the 23 mile loop from SportTracks.The elevation gain/loss was conservatively calculated at about 5700' using NED 1/3 arc second DEMs and moderate smoothing.
Google Earth image of the Islip - South Fork - Mt. Baden-Powell loop. An interactive browser view of the loop is linked in the post on Photography on the Run.
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