Inspiration Point (mile 369.5) to ridge above Isip Saddle (mile 388)
At the get go was a 2500′ elevation climb to the top of Mount Baden-Powell with a full backpack. We submitted Poser, Silly Chili’s friend to full on climbing on his first backpack of the year. No mercy. After hitting mile 2 Poser exclaimed, “Go BIG or go home”. Now that is how I like it.
Baden-Powell is a very popular climb and we were able to talk to some interesting folks at the top. The views were unending and a glider was in the area circling the summit. Temperatures today were perfect for hiking and the trail wove through interesting canyons with views of Los Angeles on one side and Antelope Valley on the other. After passing Little Jimmy Campground we interrupted a bear traveling on the trail. Most likely to snarf food from the Little Jimmy campers. He was afraid of us and scampered away.
After reaching Islip Saddle there was a pretty steep ascent to find the first available campsite. We lucked out with a spot high on the ridge. We enjoyed an amazing sunset with dinner, tea, and dessert. I love hiking with these guys.