Mt. Baden Powell

 

A few days ago we ascended the 9400 foot Mt. Baden Powell after leaving Wrightwood, Ca. We made a fantastic camp at 7500 feet elevation (above the clouds and in the high 30s overnight).

 View from Baden Powell looking towards Mt. Baldy. 

View from Baden Powell looking towards Mt. Baldy. 

The next morning we gained the summit after climbing through an old growth pine forest - and old means a tree 1500 years old (trees that were young in the Dark Ages). On the summit we found a memorial built by Boy Scouts in the 1950s - they hiked the mountain with concrete to build it. From the summit we could see Mt. Baldy, another giant of the San Gabriels Range. 

For those not in the know: Lord Baden Powell was the founder of the World Scouting Movement and this little bit of rock was renamed for him in 1931 (originally it was called Little Baldy). As an Eagle Scout I owe ol Mr. Powell. Also, I can't imagine hiking to the summit with backpacks filled with concrete (definitly not Ultralight).

 

 1500 year old tree.

1500 year old tree.

 USGS seal at the top of the mountain.

USGS seal at the top of the mountain.

 Pedi, Half'n'half, Quinoa hanging out at the monument.

Pedi, Half'n'half, Quinoa hanging out at the monument.

 The monument built in the 1950s. 

The monument built in the 1950s. 

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 This sign says says something about the tree being 1500 years old.   

This sign says says something about the tree being 1500 years old.