Saturday morning a few friends and I cruised up to Vincent Gap off Hwy 2 to hike Mt. Baden-Powell. We noticed a lot of snow patches still lingering in the mountains and hoped we wouldn’t hit too much snow on the trail since we were not quite prepared for it. Despite the possible snow and ice we might encounter, we hit the trail with high hopes.
This trail quickly gained elevation and started giving us great views right away. It was a great day to be hiking in the mountains.
It wasn’t long on the trail until we started encountering icy patches of snow that were very slippery if you walked on them. We did our best to walk around these areas but in some cases it was not possible so we had to tread carefully over them.
Eventually the icy snow patches started becoming more frequent the further we got up the trail. Walking over snow and ice started to become the norm. We ran into a solo hiker who was coming back down the trail and said he was turning back due the large amounts of ice on the trail. We decided to push onward.
Some areas we just decided to cut straight up the mountain through large blankets of snow to avoid the icy parts on the trail. Although very tiring, this approach worked out quite well for us and was better than traversing across the slippery ice.
The views got excellent as we climbed higher.
We kept following tracks in the snow up the mountain. It started becoming a very exhausting climb through the snow but we gradually drew closer to the summit.
Since we were without proper snow gear, a few of us ended up with soaked shoes and socks; the only thing keeping our feet warm was the movement we got from hiking. We trudged along and finally made it to the Mt. Baden-Powell PCT Junction; now there was just a little ways to go until we reached the summit.
The last leg of the trail to the summit was windy and cold, but with less ice and snow which was nice.
There were a couple small switchbacks right before the summit. It was nice walking up and having the Boy Scout Monument and summit register come into sight.
Now it was time for some well deserved summit snacks.
It was pretty nice on the summit, not to cold or windy, and the air was clear so the views were great. We could see all the way to downtown LA.
Since we had a time constraint we didn’t spend too much time on the summit. After finishing our snacks and signing the summit register we started our decent back down.
The trip took us about 5 hours all together. In retrospect we realized we should have came prepared for snow and ice, but the hike was still a lot of fun despite being ill-equipped.