Boy Scout Ground Zero

Peak Summited2021 Mount Baden-Powell
Type of HikeDay hike
TrailheadVincent Gap
Hiking CompanionsHiked with a partner
Road ConditionsRoad suitable for all vehicles
Bug StatusNo bugs
Snow ConditionsSnow free
Trail ConditionsTrail in good condition

The weather was absolutely perfect for this hike up BP with 60ish degrees and sunny with a light wind.  As a scout parent, the fact that the trail to Baden-Powell was cut by scouts was ever on my mind as I struggled up the switchbacks. Man those kids were tough! Living at sea level definitely is a disadvantage if you complete this as a day trip.  My hiking partner developed a bloody nose early in the hike, and it was slow going as we adjusted our pace for the higher elevation. I am well conditioned and typically hike at 3.9 mph, and this was a steady 2.0 mph.  The trail was busy, and had a couple of downed trees, but both were passable. I don't recommend a weekend if you are looking for peace, as there were multiple groups having celebratory beers on the summit and there was an actual line to get a photo with the flag.  The weather was predictably mild due to the elevation, so it was not strictly necessary to carry a great deal of water (2 L was plenty for me) as it was cool even at midday. This one is definitely doable, but makes you work for it.


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