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Dawson Saddle to Mount Baden-Powell

Santa Clarita Community Hiking Club
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Sep 16 8:45AM - 9:45AM

Saturday 16 September 2017 - Dawson Saddle to Mount Baden-Powell

***** Rain or extreme heat cancels all hikes*****

Distance/ Gain: 9 1/2 miles; 2,000' gain, Out and Back style

Rating: Moderate ++/ Strenuous (remember we will be at higher altitude where the air is thinner)

Description: From Dawson Saddle (7900') we hike a single track trail through an open forest of Jeffrey pine, white fir and lodgepole pine enjoying panoramic views andcrisp high mountain air all the way. First we arrive at the base of Throop Peak (9138'), before joining the Pacific Crest Trail. Then it is onward to Mt. Baden-Powell (9400') where we will stop for lunch, a little R&R and enjoy some amazing views.


After lunch, we will hike back the same way to Dawson Saddle.

Carpool Meeting Spot - in NORTH Santa Clarita Valley (SCV):!!!! DO NOT GO TOTOWSLEY CANYON (our usual spot)!!! If you would like to car pool from SCV,meet at theSand Canyon / Soledad Canyon Road junction strip mall parking area, off the 14 Hwy, at the Starbucks (bythe Vons Supermarket)at 6:30AM for a 6:45AMSHARP departure to the trailhead. Final carpoolcontent arrangements will be made there, at that time.


Directions to Trailhead:

(Use these, do not use Google maps unless you want to get lost on backroads)

From Pasadena/Sylmar - Take 210 Freeway to 2 Angeles Crest Hwy. Once on the 2, it is 45.9 miles and about 90 mins to the Dawson Saddle Parking turnout. It will be on your left on a wide part of the road on a curve. There should be cars parked there.Sorry, there are no Restrooms at Dawson Saddle. Look for public restrooms located along the 2 on your way up.

From North end of Santa Clarita Valley - Take the 14 Fwy North to the Pearblossom Hwy turn off. Go 22.6 milesEast on 138 through Littlerock and Pearblossom until you pass 195th St E and see Largo Vista Rd (N4)on the right. Make a right turnand continue all the way on Largo Vista up toward the mountains until you come to thefirst stop sign at Big Pines Road, and make a hard left. Continue on curvy Big Pines Rd about 7 miles until thenextstop sign which is at Hwy 2 - Angeles Crest Hwy. Turn hard RIGHT, passing Vincent Gap (at 5 miles) until you have gone 10.4 miles West. You are now at theDawson Saddle turnout (a wide part of the road on a curve, there should be cars parked on the right). Sorry, there are no Restrooms at Dawson Saddle. There are good public restrooms located along Hwy 2 on the right as you head West, on a curve /viewing point about three miles west of Wrightwood. There are also restrooms (vault) at Vincent Gap parking lot, but these can get busy.Please do not be late.

Meeting your leader at trailhead:


We will meet at Dawson Saddle at 8:30AM for an 8:45AM departure up the trail.

Bring: Lots of water (3+ L),Electrolytes like Gatorade, a hat, sunscreen, a lunch/ snack andhiking poles. Watch the weather forecast, but it is always a good idea to pack another layer (in case it gets cold up there above 9000' ). Good shoes with tread area must -no flip flops or tennis shoes please!


Adventure Pass:No.

Dogs: OK, if on a leash and well-behaved with other dogs / people carrying poles. If you bring your dog, please drive yourself. We do not recommend bringing our doggie friendsif weather forecast says it will beHOT.

Leader: Jim Hazard

How to find us:See Directions and Meeting Spots/ Times, below

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