Elevation Gain/Loss: 1866' gain
Distance: 8.8 miles round trip
Difficultly: 6 Intermediate
Duration: 4-5 hours
This hike will not be a fast paced hike and I tend to stop and wait for the tail end of the group to catch up so that I am in view of everyone a majority of the time.
The trail starts from the Dawson Saddle trail (7901’) with a steady grade incline of 1.8 miles to meet up with the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT). From there we will proceed on a quick ascent to the right 0.3 of a mile to Throop Peak (9138’) before retracing our steps back to the PCT for another 1.3 miles to Mt Burnham (8997’). This section of this trail is mostly on the ridge between Sheep Mountain Wilderness and Angeles National Forest, overlooking the Mojave Desert on the North and San Gabriel Mountains on the South. We will continue on the PCT for another 1.1 miles to Mt Baden Powell (9399’). We will take a well-deserved rest at the summit for snack/lunch while enjoying the 360 degrees panoramic views, before returning the same way down.
Recommendation: At least 2 liters of water/electrolytes , snack/lunch, Hiking shoes, Trekking poles, camera.
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Directions: The drive to Vincent Gap is far. Be sure to provide extra time for traffic. Carpooling is highly recommended.
From I-210, exit Angeles Crest highway 2, drive approximately
50.3 miles on Hwy 2 to Vincent Gap parking lot. The parking lot is on your left.
From I-15, take the CA-138 (W) exit toward Palmdale and travel 8.6 miles on the CA-138 to the junction with the Angeles Crest Highway 2. Continue on Angeles Crest Highway 2 for another 14 miles. Vincent Gap parking lot is on your left.