Hiking up Mt. Baden-Powell to check out the trail conditions.
Today, despite the incoming wind, drizzle and snow, I took a little day hike up the PCT to get a look at the trail conditions.
Left the Vincent Gulch Divide (Vincent Gap) and headed up the PCT through the damp red soil and onto the thickly forested northeast facing slope of Mt. Baden-Powell. Masses of clouds were gusting by and into the desert.
The bulk of the route up to the summit is snow-free. Hiking up past Lamel Spring and the camping flats alongside the trail was easy hiking. I encountered some PCT through hikers heading uphill in the fog and drizzle. Apparently at least one, if not two, turned back around and I never saw them, again. Maybe they caught rides back to Wrightwood to wait out the impending storm.
I hiked on to the area where the switchbacks begin to tighten up in a forest of lodgepole pines. Banks of snow covered the trail, creating an alternating pattern of clear damp trail along with tracks worn into and over the mounds of slick, hard-packed snow.
Eventually, I was contouring atop perpetual snowfields at an elevation of approx. 8,800′. The visibility had decreased down to a couple of hundred feet and the switchbacks were no longer clearly defined. The snowpack was textured in some spots and occasionally glazed. The snow was too packed to kick into. Since I had no micro spikes or any other types of traction, it was time to turn around and call it a day. It was 11:30 a.m. when I started heading back down. Chris Kasten
We met TinMan from Syracuse New York. He is hiking the Pct with the help of Warrior Expeditions. This non profit organization helps war combat veterans transition back into normal life by hiking out the war. Happy hiking TinMan from all of us at Mtn Hardware. #warriorexpeditions #mtnhardware #wrightwood #hiking
It is a beautiful day here in the mountains.
Today Wrightwood Property Owners Group is out on Highway 2 picking up trash to make our town look GREAT. Thank you very much for all the hard work.
Also I saw Caltans picking up thrash in the Big Pines area helping to make everything look good.
I was down at the Jackson Lake this morning and it is FULL. The 1st time in about 5 years. It is looking beautiful, this picture I took this morning.
It would be a great time to go out to the lake for a picnic, BBQ also it would be a fun day to bring up your kayak or inflatable boat and float around on the lake. Of course do not forget to wear your life jacket.
4/6/19 6:30 am
It is a beautiful day here in the mountains. YES we still have snow for snow play. We even got a slight dusting of snow on Thursday night and Friday morning of this week just to freshen things up.
All roads coming in from the east (from the I15 side) are open and clear you will NOT need tire chains.
The current temp in the snow play areas is in the mid 30’s and should get up to a high today of in the mid 50″s
So, come on up as this may be one of the last weekends for snow play this season depending on how warm it gets this week.
Make sure you stop by Mountain Hardware 1390 hwy #2, Wrightwood, Ca. 92397 and pick up an Adventure Pass for $5.00 as you will need this for parking in the snow play areas. Also they will have a FREE snow play map to help you find where the snow play areas are and to make sure you are playing on public National forest/Monument
Check out the pictures below I took yesterday
It is like mid winter for snow play today. Lots of snow. Plenty of areas for sledding and playing in snow.
All roads are open and clear coming in form the east from the I 15.
No tire chain needed. So come on up and have a HAVE FUN IN THE SNOW.