My third trip to the top of Mount Islip, this time starting from Crystal Lake Recreation Area instead of off CA-2/Angeles Crest Highway. I wanted to acquaint myself with the road to Crystal Lake as well as the area itself. Crystal Lake is about 25 miles north of Azusa and I had driven the first ten or so of the road to get to my Bridge to Nowhere and Shoemaker Canyon hikes. Although I had hiked to the peak before, it was valuable to get a new visual perspective, not only of Islip but also the other peaks in the area – Hawkins and the peaks on Hawkins Ridge, Mount Waterman and Twin Peaks, all the way out to Front Country peaks like Mount Wilson and Strawberry Peak. I learn more every time I go hiking.