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Sal Torres reviewed Mount Baden Powell Trail
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HikingGreat!IcySnow

We went February 28 and started the hike around 9 AM. It took us about 5 1/2 hours to go up and down but you definitely need micro spikes that are sticky. Snow everywhere and lots of ice. Little windy at the top but was a beautiful hike Drove to the trail head. 

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Christian Simionato reviewed Mount Baldy via Devil's Backbone Trail
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Sean Reed reviewed Mount Baden Powell Trail
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HikingIcySnow

Hiked on Feb 28, 2021, with amazing weather conditions. Road all the way to the parking lot is open. We started around 7am-8am and made the summit in about 3.5 hours. Plenty of nice snow climbing directly straight up (crampons were not needed for ascent), but the official trail looked pretty packed down and icy. Great views from the top and of course the giant flag. Pretty windy at the top, and lots of people summiting. We decided to have some fun on the descent and instead climbed down the gully near Lamel Spring. Icy crust with constant post holing was not much fun, but there were some short, steep 70-80 degree mixed ice/snow sections that were fun to climb down (crampons helpful). Took about four hours to get back to the trailhead, but would have been much faster on the trail.

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Jorge De La Rosa reviewed Mount Baldy via Devil's Backbone Trail
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Muy bueno solo mucho viento!!

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HikingGreat!Rocky

Microspikes not even required from the devils backbone side if you are careful. Snowpack is quickly diminishing. Wind off the north faces still carry a nice chill though.

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Part from the peak to the ski hut is all ice and snow. Very dangerous. Wouldn't do it again till it melts

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AllTrails Salazar reviewed Mount Baden Powell Trail
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HikingIcy

Definitely different hiking in the snow. It’s a moderately hard hike without snow. The switch backs are under snow. Micro-spikes a must have. Took us 4 hours to peak after getting lost a bit. Much better to wait for the snow to melt.

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Aeryn Dillon reviewed Mount Baden Powell Trail
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Tim Cottage reviewed Mount Baden Powell Trail
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The trail itself, the mountains, the views.... incredible. Unfortunately everyone decides to turn into a bunch of wimbly bimbly kittens about 2/3 the way up - the map is unavailable half the time so you just gotta guess which way is the best. The best plan in this situation? Wait for the snow to melt. I got INCREDIBLY lost on the way back trying to follow footprints. Check my recording for hilarity at my expense.

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Matthew Konersman reviewed Mount Baden Powell Trail
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HikingOff trailScrambleSnow

Completed this hike on 2/23/21. Road closed just after parking lot coming from Wrightwood. Empty parking lot at 9:30am on a Tuesday. Fantastic hike if you come prepared. Microspikes or 2/3" crampons needed/recommended for most of the hike. I wore mine for ~90% of the hike. Most would benefit from hiking poles. Last mile or so is mostly climbing straight up to the peak as the trail is mostly still covered in snow. There are multiple tracks leading somewhat reliably up to the peak. I made it fine with trail runners and crampons, but clearly waterproof above ankle boots are recommended. Was only 6.3 miles for me instead of 7.8 due to the direct route to the top. Took me 4.5 hours with a stop for lunch and a bit of trail running the last mile on the way down. Make sure you are comfortable hiking off trail through melting snow and poor stability conditions.

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Jennifer Kingery reviewed Mount Baden Powell Trail
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HikingGreat!IcyMuddySnow

It got a little tricky even with micro spikes. We didn’t make it to the top this round because we got a late start and I didn’t want to get caught in the dark. Slipped only a few times but so beautiful in the snow.

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HikingGreat!IcyNo shadeRockySnow

That was extremely difficult. I’ve got bad hips and the steepness of the ascent really took a toll on them. Doesn’t feel dangerous when there isn’t snow/ice on the thin parts devil’s backbone. If it’s icy or snowy definitely have micro spikes and poles. Brought my dog and she did well but some parts I worried about her because she’s a little too curious. Strenuous but rewarding.

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Lily Aguirre reviewed Mount San Antonio
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HikingIcySnow

Went yesterday (Sunday 2/21). It was very windy/cold especially when you reach the peak. No snow until after the ski hut. conditions were not the best because it was sunny so the snow was slush. Highly recommend microspikes and poles. The last half mile gets a bit confusing because you can’t really see the trail. Awesome winter experience

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Peter Kehr reviewed Mount Baden Powell Trail
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SnowshoeingIcySnow

Beautiful day. Got really fortunate with the weather. Still plenty of snow. BRING MICROSPIKES. The trail disappears at times and you follow the footsteps of those before you. Stunning views

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