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.