Departure Time: 8:00am Vincent Gap
Distance: 10 miles round trip
Elevation Gain: 2000' ascent/2800 descent (7900'-9400'-6500')
Hike Time: 6 hours
We’ll do a thru hike on Mt. Baden Powell. We’ll peak Mt. Baden-Powell without doing the grueling 33 switchbacks that climb from the Vincent Gap trail-head. We will meet at the Vincent Gap parking lot and carpool down the road a 5-6 miles to the Dawson Saddle trail-head. Parking is limited at the Dawson site so I suggest carpooling from Vincent Gap. This is a beautiful hike through pine and fir trees and much of the mountain is still green with prolific wildflowers to view. Halfway up the trail there is a forest of Lodge Pole pines and if you keep an eye out, you could spot a few 2,000 years old Limber pines which are relatively rare in these mountains. Pine needles come in bundles of two; while limber have bundles of five. Limber pines were discovered in 1962 by an Angeles National Forest Supervisor. At the summit, we’ll stop for lunch and great views overlooking the Mojave Desert and San Gabriel Peaks. This is not an extreme hike with a well maintained trail. However, it is not an easy trip due to the steep elevation climb in 5 miles. You may experience some shortness of breath if you are not used to high altitudes. The trail will push your lungs and legs. This hike will accommodate intermediate level hikers. If you are an advance/fast hiker - you will need to stay with the group, no exceptions! This trail is NOT suitable for beginners. The weather is heating up again; I suggest 3+ liters of water and snacks to keep your energy up.
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Interesting History - Dawson Saddle and Dawson Peak are both named for Ernest Dawson, the President of the Sierra Club in the mid-1930s, and owner of Dawson's Book Shop, the oldest continuously operating bookstore in the city of Los Angeles, since 1905.
Please Note: This is a 10 mile hike with an accumulative elevation gain of approximately 2,200’. We will keep a medium pace with a slow warm-up. The trail-head is at an elevation of 7,900’ with the peak at 9,400’. Plan on 5-6 hours on the trail and pack a lunch.
What to Bring: Bring your ten dayhiking essentials, Bring 3 liters of water, sun tan lotion, snacks, lunch, some layers of clothing. It can be particularly cool/cold in different times of the day. At the middle of the day it's going to be nice and warm so bring some layers, hat and gloves.
Directions: Take I-15 North to Highway 138. Go west on 138 to Angeles Crest Highway (2). Continue to Wrightwood and go approximately 10 miles beyond to Vincent Gap. Parking lot and restrooms are on the left side.
You'll also need an Adventure Parking Permit.
Carpooling: Carpooling can be done from the Park and Ride location on Tustin Avenue at the 55 freeway and Lincoln Avenue leaving there at 6:00am.
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PLEASE NOTE THE FOLLOWING recommendations/ADVICES:
1) There is intermittent shade along the trail; bring a hat and sunscreen. Please ensure you bring and drink plenty of water on these hikes. At least two liters of water are recommended
2) The trails can be steep and/or rocky with loose scree and some water runoff that is potentially slippery. Shoes with traction are advised.
3) Please dress appropriately for hiking. Loose, comfortable clothing with wicking capability and layers for temperature variation is recommended.
4) STAY TOGETHER AND AWARE OF THE WAY OUT AND BACK!
**WAIVER OF LIABILITY: This group, its organizer, assistant organizers, will not be held responsible for any injuries or accidents that may occur during group hikes or any other type of outings. If you sign up and come on this hike/outing you are acknowledging that you freely and voluntarily assume all risks of injuries and damages and agree to participate in the hike/outing.