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Vincent Gap has a large trailhead parking lot near the eastern end of the San Gabriel Mountains, 50 miles from I-210 in La Cañada and five miles west of Big Pines along SR2, the Angeles Crest Highway. Drainage on the north slope goes to the Big Rock Creek, thence to the Mojave Desert and from the south slope to the East Fork of the San Gabriel River.
Vincent Gap is named for Charles Tom Vincent, also known as Charles Vincent Dougherty, founder of the Big Horn Mine, big game hunter and hermit who lived nearby from 1870s to 1920s (The San Gabriels by John Robinson, page 26).
The Gap is the 6,565' saddle in the San Gabriel Mountains between the coastal and the desert basins on the south and north, respectively, and between Mt. Baden-Powell, 9,399' and Blue Ridge, 7,560' on the west and east. The Angeles Crest Highway crosses the Punchbowl Fault here. The trace is seen as the contact zone between the bright red sedimentary formation and the bluish gray granitic one.
The elevation is variously given as 6,565' on the highway sign and 6,593' on the GNIS web site and topo sheet.
Map: Mt. Islip Region (VG marks the location, in the left center of the map)
See also: USGS 7.5' x 7.5' Map: Crystal Lake (34° 22' 25" N, 117° 45' 05" W)
By Car: From Interstate 210, go northeast on Angeles Crest Highway, State Route 2, 50 miles about one hour 20 minutes driving time to mile marker 74.8. Also, two truck trails (dirt roads for high clearance vehicles) meet SR2 here; one from Big Rock Creek (4N11) and one from Blue Ridge / Pinyon Ridge. Forest Adventure Pass is needed for parking.
By Trail: East or west from the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT); north from the Manzanita Trail which is a section of the High Desert National Recreation Trail; west from part of Silver Moccasin Trail from Mt. Baden-Powell, south from Prairie Fork through Sheep Mountain Wilderness, and south from Big Horn Mine.
Season: Open May to November or whenever SR2 is not closed by snow.
Warning: this list does not get updated as often as the hikes listed in the region tables. Consult Mt. Islip Region Hikes for the latest listing.
Season Name 77.3 13
jun-oct Islip Saddle to Windy Gap, Mt. Hawkins, Throop Peak, Mt. Baden-Powell, Vincent Gap 80.1 9.2
jun-oct Dawson Saddle to Vincent Gap 81 8 2800 jun-oct Vincent Gap to Mt. Baden-Powell 82 4 500 jun-oct Vincent Gap to Big Horn Mine 83 6 +2000
may-oct Vincent Gap via Vincent Gulch to Prairie Fork, East Fork of San Gabriel River 83.1 5.5
may-oct Vincent Gap to Jackson Lake via PCT, Jackson Lake Trail 83.2 4.5 950 may-oct Vincent Gap to Jackson Flat via PCT 83.3 5.2
may-nov Vincent Gap to South Fork Campground via Manzanita Trail 83.4 10.4 2400 may-nov Vincent Gap to South Fork Campground via Manzanita Trail
Pictures by Tom Chester:
View of Mt. Baldy from Vincent Gap, 15Nov01.
View of Devils Punchbowl, Mojave Desert and Tehachapi Mountains from just below the top of the Manzanita Trail, 15Nov01.
Other Web Information
- The Manzanita Trail
- 83-3 Vincent Gap to South Fork Campground via Manzanita Trail, T. Chester and J. Strong (15Nov99)
- Jane's Seasons of the San Gabriels:
- The Backside of Baden-Powell from the Manzanita Trail, Jane Strong (15Nov01)
- Big Rock Creek Revisited: The North Slope along the Manzanita Trail , Jane Strong (15Nov99)
- Big Rock Creek (03Oct99)
- September 14, 1999 Vincent Gap along the Big Horn Mine Trail (14Sep99)
- San Gabriel Mountain Leaf Log September 9, 1998 (09Sep98)
- Digital Desert's Vincent's Cabin and Big Rock Creek Photo Tour
- SoCalMtB.com Manzanita and West Blue Ridge Trail Report
- From ANF's Hiking Information Page Vincent Gap to Prairie Fork hike
- SCEC's Punchbowl Fault
Go to Field Guide to the San Gabriel Mountains: Places
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Updated 19 November 2001.