This Meetup was canceled.
THIS IS AN INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCE LEVEL HIKE. THIS HIKE IS NOT FOR BEGINNERS. 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.
Here's a little history of the mountain: Mt. Baden-Powell was at one time named North Baldy. The Boy Scouts in Southern California lobbied to have the name changed to honor Lord Baden-Powell who was a British Army Officer and founder of the Boy Scouts. After a week-long 53 mile backpacking trip they built the trail leading to the summit.
This trail starts with more than 36 switchbacks through Jeffrey Pine and Fir as we are ascending to the Limber Pine Forest. At the summit, on a clear day, if we are lucky, we'll enjoy a superb view of the Mojave Desert, the southern Sierra, Baldy, San Gorgonio and San Jacinto. It's a short climb of 4 miles, but we'll be gaining about 700 ft., per mile, making this hike a good workout with a beautiful view.
This event is cross-posted with the On the Move group:
What to bring:
Adventure pass for parking
At least 2 1/2 to 3 liters of water
Plenty of energy snacks
Hiking poles are recommended
Good hiking attitude
Distance: 8 miles Out and Back
Elevation Gain: 2800'
Trail: Well-maintained with approximately 40 switchbacks
Hiking Time: 6-8 hours at a moderate pace
Highlights: Panoramic views from the summit
DIRECTIONS: From Interstate 15, exit Highway 138 and turn west. Drive 8.6 miles to the Angeles Crest Highway (Highway 2) and turn left. Continue through Wrightwood and Big Pines, staying on Highway 2 for a total of 15 miles to the Vincent Gap parking lot on your left. Park at Vincent Gap and a National Forest Service Adventure Pass is required. Vincent Gap GPS:[masked], [masked]
CANCELLATION: Heavy rain, snow, ice or fire cancels the event. Check this page 24 hours before the hike for updates.
Waiver of Liability: Please read carefully before signing up for this event. By participating in this event you agree to not hold this assistant organizer or Meetup liable for any harm to you or your property. This assistant organizer is not a professional hiker and is not trained to provide medical assistance. Hiking is an inherently dangerous activity that can lead to injuries including but not limited to falls, fractures, rattlesnake bites, elevation sickness, poison oak, heat stroke and frostbite. You are responsible for making sure you are prepared to participate in the hike by having the appropriate supplies/equipment and by knowing your own abilities. Always let the hike organizer know if you are leaving the group for any reason. Stay on the trail and never hike alone.