Before I hike off of the Angeles Crest Highway I always check the road conditions (CalTrans Current CA-2 Conditions). For months the highway has been closed between Islap Saddle and Vincent Gap. Last week the closed section re-opened. I thought it might be a good idea to start my hike off of this once closed section before it inevitably closes again. Throop Peak and Mount Hawkins are two of the highest peaks in the area. A long drive and a relatively short hike of about 6 1/2 miles.