Snow in the Back Range

Peak Summited2021 Mount Baden-Powell
Type of HikeDay hike
TrailheadVincent Gap
Road ConditionsRoad suitable for all vehicles
Bug StatusNo bugs
Snow ConditionsTrail snow-covered at times - Gear and expertise recommended
Trail ConditionsObstacles on trail

Mount Baden-Powell is my first Peak in the #sixpackofpeaks Challenge for 2021. I love to snowshoe and hike in the winter months. In January of 2020, I used snowshoes to summit Baden-Powell. For this hike, while the snow was not deep enough for snowshoes, I used crampons and an ice axe because I don’t take unnecessary chances. I see too many people hiking in the mountains without traction in the winter months…not me. The route up is the PCT, so the trail is well maintained. It’s about 4 miles to the summit and over 40 switchbacks. There was snow covering the trail from top to bottom, and a precariously perched fallen tree crossing the switchback just before the bench. There were 3 or 4 additional fallen trees blocking the trail further up, but they were much easier to negotiate. On the summit, it started to lightly snow so I only spent about 20 minutes on the top before heading down to Vincent Gap. All in all, it was a beautiful day hiking in the snow on Mount Baden Powell.

I hiked Mount Baden-Powell again on May 3rd 2021 on the way to Ross Mountain and noticed that the tree blocking the trail before the bench, had been removed.






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