Mount Islip

Pronounced “Eye-slip”.  Mixed feelings about this hike – the trail itself and my own performance.  As I have stated before I am not a fan of heights, in particular narrow trails with steep drop-offs.  That kind of trail, I am finding, seems to be commonplace in the San Gabriel Mountains.  After walking up three miles with the trail mostly skirting the edge of the mountain, I turned around just before the summit.  That was disappointing to be sure as I looked forward to visiting the ruins of an old lookout tower which sits on top and 360 degree views.  As I headed back down I began to try to turn things around – to learn something from the experience.  I thought of several things I could work on, both physically and mentally, to better my situation.  I’m optimistic that I will return here one day and conquer Mount Islip.

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