Distance: WAG 11.5 Mile Loop
Difficulty: It Ain’t Easy
Pace: Winter Moderate…Winter is a Fashion Show
NO ANSWER THE QUESTIONS, NO THREE PEAK FOR YOU
About This Trip: Bring all the winter thingys, you are gonna need’m. We will trailwalk at least to the bench at 1-mile, if not a switchback or two above it. Then, it is on the crampons, climbing helmets and out with ice axe for another mile and quarter and 2,100’ to North Baldy. Then it’s down the west slope where we ridge walk around the bump, walk on the dirt trail to more snow, then, probably snowshoe it to Mt. Burnham. After that, it is a wild ass guess because I’ve never been beyond Burnham in the winter but we will go on and summit Mt. Throop, exit it off the west side and make our way down Dawson Ridge to Angeles Crest Highway for a walk down the middle of road back to the parking lot.
Winter travel is a collaborative process. You must be able to stay in contact with the group…you can neither speed to the top nor race to the bottom. You can’t collaborate with friends, if you ain’t with’em.
Required: The ten hiking essentials, ability to self arrest and belay, ice axe, crampons, snowshoes, climbing helmet and route finding ability.
Recommended: GPS and Microspikes
Directions: From I-15 N, exit CA-18 and turn left at the top of the ramp. Continue to CA-2 (Angeles Crest Hwy.) and make a left. Continue through Holy Town of Wrightwood to the Vincent Gulch Parking Lot. If you slam into a big metal gate you know it’s time to call Flo at Progressive Insurance.
Whom Do I Sue: This is not an official organization chartered to make certain any level of safety greater when you venture into the Wilderness by your lonesome, if you want something like that seek out the Sierra Club with their rules, regulations and signed waivers of liability. Do not expect organizer(s) to check the qualifications of anyone you are hiking or climbing with. Any questions asked of you when you sign up is to ensure the organizer(s) safety, nothing more. If you have doubts about going on this particular meetup, you should find someone you trust, go alone or choose not to participate.