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Next to Mount Baldy, Mount Baden–Powell (9,399') is probably the most popular mountain climb in the San Gabriels. This superb trail climbs directly up the northeast ridge to the summit in 41 switchbacks with panoramic views north over the Mojave Desert and southeast into the deep chasm of the East Fork of the San Gabriel River and the views from the summit are spectacular.
PLEASE NOTE THERE WILL BE NO "PLUS ONES" ALLOWED TO ATTEND THIS HIKE. IF YOU HAVE SOMEONE THAT REALLY WANTS TO GO ON THIS HIKE, HAVE THAT PERSON SIGN UP SO HE/SHE CAN READ THE HIKE DESCRIPTION AND THE WAIVER OF LIABILITY.
Although we will be taking a slow poke pace, this is an intermediate level hike due to the elevation gain and altitude and is not suitable for beginning hikers or couch potatoes. You must be in good physical shape for this hike. That said, this trek is an excellent way to bag a peak and experience outstanding summit top views of the San Gabriels including Mt Baldy, Iron Mt and Mt Wilson to name a few.
Note: This hike is also posted on the Adventurers Unlimited group.
MILEAGE: 8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN: 2,800 ft
DURATION: 6-8 hours at a slow poke pace
ALTITUDE: 9,339 ft
Source: Trails of the Angeles: 100 Hikes in the San Gabriels, John W. Robinson; Doug Christiansen (http://amzn.to/10jnRxM), [masked]). (Kindle Locations[masked]). Wilderness Press. Kindle Edition.
WHAT TO BRING: Adventure pass for parking, at least 2 1/2 to 3 liters of water, a sun hat, sunscreen, energy snacks, trekking poles if you use them and a good hiking attitude.
Heavy Rain or a fire closure cancels. Check Meetup site 24 hours before hike.
WAIVER OF LIABILITY & DISCLAIMER: Please read before signing up for this event. By participating in this event you agree to not hold these assistant organizers or Meetup liable for any harm to you of your property. The hike organizers are not a professional hikers/trained leaders and are not trained to treat medical emergencies. Hiking is an inherently dangerous activity that can lead to injuries and even death. You are responsible for your own safety and being appropriately equipped to participate in the hike. You are also responsible for knowing whether you are physically able to participate in the hike. Always stay on the trail, let the hike organizer know if you are leaving the group, and never walk alone.