Summary: This is a short, sweet and simple hike. It took me less than 45 minutes to reach the top. It isn't the easiest of hikes; I was hiking an all-out death march pace. But, for anyone used to hiking, in good condition, this hike is a piece of cake.
I was only thinking about hiking to this peak and then bagging Burnham Peak as well. But, since I got up so quickly, I decided to make it a three peak day, and I went on all the way to Baden-Powell.
There is a plaque, a peak register, and a great 360' view from the top. Plus, the back peaks in the Angeles Forest are some of the best hiking country in Southern California.
Trailhead: Take the Angeles Crest Highway to Dawson Gap - the highest point on the road. There is an orange Cal-Trans shed by the parking area. There is ample parking in three places along either side of the road.
If you are traveling east, it is past Islip Saddle, and if you are traveling west, it is past Vincent Gap.
The trail begins across from the Cal Trans shed. (Lat:34.35056 Lon:-117.79928)
Trail Guides for Throop Peak from Dawson Gap:
Trails of the Angeles - 100 Hikes in the San Gabriels
by John W. Robinson (Wilderness Press)
Best Seasons: Fall, Spring, Summer,
User Groups: Hikers, Dogs, Bikes, Horses,
Ranger Contact: Angeles National Forest (626) 574-1613
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by Allen Riedel, who has posted 123 other hikes on this site. To visit this reporters web site, click here.
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Reviewed by SierraCJ on 12/2/2011
Have done this hike a couple of times from Dawson Saddle. Wonderful scenery on a well defined trail with great views of the middle high country. Combine Throop with Burnham, Baden Powell, Hawkins and Copter Ridge for a great day in the San Gabriels.
Reviewed by girljo on 7/2/2011
Bagged this on the way to Baden-Powell. Nice trail along the way with interesting burned out & white wind scoured trees on the way to the peak
Reviewed by PK on 9/9/2010
Bit of a drive-around involved if one is coming from the Pasadena area, but you can definitely hike around here! Did this one on 9/7. Most of L.A. was overcast, but it was lovely, sunny, and not too warm during my hike! Not too many flying bugs, no overgrown bits, just the usual slight steepness at the last portion toward the peak.
Reviewed by Sabrina J on 9/1/2010
If you want more information about the local hikes in that area come to the Grassy Hollow Visitor Center. It just east of the trail head on Hwy 2, a few miles down the road. We have summer program, too. Thanks! Tell the Sabrina sent you.
Reviewed by HAPH on 6/30/2010
This hike is a start-off leg for a few different area hikes. On June 26, 2010 we hiked to Mt. Throop, and then to Mt. Hawkins. It was a full moon that night, but we didn't stay out until moon rise (maybe next time). We left Dawson Gap at 4:00 and got back at 8:00. This is a good trail and almost all the snow is gone now. It's easy to miss the trail to Mt. Throop, it's a faint track going off to the right on the PCT. There were lots of butterflies, and friendly hikers too.
Reviewed by Jedd on 7/13/2009
Watch out for the bees on top.
Reviewed by Ron on 5/29/2009
Did this for the first time on 26 May 09. Nice to have the highway open. Nice and easy hike, good way to get elevation without hiking for miles.
Reviewed by Bruno on 4/30/2006
On April 8th, I hiked on the closed section of the road to Dawson Gap. I tried to pick up the trail from there; there was a lot of snow but the main problem was landslides; I wasn't able to locate the correct heading of the trail because of that. I went up to Mount Lewis instead. Pictures of that day are here: http://s43.photobucket.com/albums/e378/luciano136/Southern%20CA%20Hikes-Mountains/Dawson%20Saddle%20and%20Mt%20Lewis%20Apr8th%202006/
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