170517 – Mt Baden Powell

Day:  024
Date:  Wednesday, 17 May 2017
Start:  Highway 2 crossing, Mile 369.3, 7365 ft
Finish:  Little Jimmy Campground, Mile 383.9, 7479 ft
Daily Miles:  14.6 PCT, 0.6 other
Total PCT Miles:  383.9
Weather:  Cool, windy and sunny
Accommodation:  Tent
     Breakfast:  Chilli Omelette & hash browns, toast & jam
     Lunch:  Gorp
     Dinner:  Rehydrated Fettucine Carbonara
Aches:  None
Highlight:  The clear 360 degree views from the top of Mt Baden Powell, 9399 ft, were just awesome.  Los Angeles spread out below, supposedly, but totally hidden beneath white puffy cloud.  Strange to think of the millions of people down there going about their business unseen.  In other directions desert and mountains.
Lowlight:  None really.
Pictures:  Click here

Map:  Click here for Google Map

It was after 1:00am by the time I got to bed, so I discarded the idea of an early start, though still got up at 7:00am, and after a leisurely breakfast at the same cafe as yesterday, started hitch-hiking back to the trailhead just before 9:00am.  It didn’t take long to get a lift, and I was hiking by 9:30 on a cool, windy and sunny day.  The trail followed a ridgeline, more or less, and was very pleasant walking with frequent good views and some lovely forest. After about 5 miles it crossed Highway 2 again at Vincent Gap, and then began a steep switchbacking climb up Mt Baden Powell. Nearly 3000 ft in just four miles was hard work, but the forest was pleasant, and the snow at the higher altitudes added some technical interest.  Close to the top was a side-trail to the summit and I left my pack there and made a quick trip to the peak to admire the magnificent views.

From there, the trail continued following the Angeles Crest ridgeline to the north west, with continuing fantastic views, but I was tired and travelling slowly.  It seemed to take far too long to reach Little Jimmy Campground, which is just for hikers, and I eventually got there at 5pm.  It was a nice place, with tables and toilets amongst large trees, but already bitterly cold.

I set up camp, had a wash and ate dinner as quickly as I could.  There are about ten other PCT hikers here, and I noticed all were heading for their sleeping bags by 7pm.  I need to cover more distance tomorrow, or I’m going to run out of food before my next resupply point.

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