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At Windy Gap Saddle!

What a great hike! Today a number of people from Facebook gathered at the Crystal Lake Visitor Center parking lot and hiked up Windy Gap, enjoying the fairly cool temperatures, the slight breeze, and the vistas of the mountains. At the same time a number of trail issues were surveyed with notes taken so that the San Gabriel Mountains Trailbuilders would know what needs to be repaired on their next work day.

Since a great many photographs were taken which shows Windy Gap pretty well they have been collected here even though this was not a volunteer work day.

* Fred and Rori off in the distance along Windy Gap
* Up at Windy Gap Saddle!
* Looking south from Windy Gap Saddle
* Down at the Visitor Center with Adam
* Looking up at the mountain trough the 2002 Curve Fire burn area
* A little bit of snow at the Visitor Center
* Fred and Elisa along Windy Gap
* Lam along Windy Gap
* Rori, Elisa, Fred, and Lam at the Cafe
* We meet other hikers along South Mount Hawkins Road
* Ha! For some reason Rori and Fred pause for photographs
* Looking at the pins, alive and dead
* Down at the Visitor Center looking at a light weight tent
* A dead tree is down along the trail (this has been cleared now)
* One of the signs at Windy Gap Saddle
* Walking up the trail
* A look at dead pines in among the brush
* Climbing over a large tree trunk obstruction (this has been cleared now)
* Looking at the condition of the trail where recent work was done
* A nice look at the peak from below
* Lam pauses under a very heavy tree laying over the trail
* Looping at the denuded mountain
* Here's a moist area where many tree trunks blocked the trail and were cleared
* Another obstruction on the trail, we climb under (this has been cleared now)
* Up at Windy Gap Saddle
* The sign at the major junction on South Mount Hawkins Road
* We take a look at the Dodge Power Wagon World War 2 weapons carrier
* Hiking up the trail
* A look at the mountain
* Rori and Fred again way off in the distance
* Lam, Elisa, and Fred
* This intrusion on the trail is strange, I don't remember it
* Another look at the hillside on the way up
* We walk through one of the shaded areas
* We can see the lake from way up on Windy Gap
* A look at the condition of one of the first trail signs we pass
* The trail is the exposed areas are in good shape!
* Mount Wilson antenna farm way off in the distance
* At the Windy Gap Saddle
* At the Visitor Center
* Mountain Kitth!
* A great dea of Yerba Santa growing along Windy Gap
* Trailbuilder Lou's rock retaining wall
* The foot bridge at the start (which has been fixed already)
* A hazard tree leaning over the trail (this has been fixed already)
* Another look at a sign that's on the lower section of the trail
* Another look at an obstruction (this has been fixed already)
* A rootball has dug a hole in the trail (still needs to be fixed)
* Standing on a dead tree trunk (this has been removed already)
* Intrusion in to the trail (this has been fixed already)
* Obstruction on the trail (this has been fixed already)
* Climbing over the obstruction takes an effort
* Mile marker 1
* The sign at the South Mount Hawkins Road trail junction
* Lam and Elisa off in the distance
* Intruction again, this one I don't know how it got there, where it came from
* A look off in the general direction of Mount Wilson
* A look at South Mount Hawkins Road in the distance
* Lam at Windy Gap Saddle
* Elisa at Windy Gap Saddle
* Trail signs at Windy Gap Saddle
* Many bike riders at the Visitor Center Cafe
* We examine a light weight tent
* We examine a light weight tent
* We look at some flowers at Coldbrook Campground

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