Throop Peak (elevation 9,138′) is located a short (but steep) way up from the junction of the Pacific Crest Trail and the Dawson Saddle Trail (one of my favorites). Its location makes it an easy destination to add to longer hikes reaching several other peaks along the Pacific Crest Trail nearby. Its north face typically holds onto snow after Angeles Crest Highway re-opens between Vincent Gap and Islip Saddle in the spring. At comparatively high elevation, Throop Peak’s north face also supports an excellent grove of Lodgepole Pines–a great spot to enjoy them is to sit on a log just below the peak and rest in their shade.

View from the hiker’s trail leading to Throop Peak.

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