Mount Baden-Powell, Mount Burnham, Throop Peak
By: Joe Young
Leeaders: Stag Brown, Joe Young
Six hikers met for breakfast at Lloyd's of La Cañada at 6:00 for some pre-hike revelry before joining fifteen others at the La Cañada carpool point. The twenty one of us carpooled to Dawson saddle and left a few cars there. We then carpooled to Vincent gap to begin the hike. Cloudy skies in the basin gave way quickly to mostly clear skies in the San Gabriels, but afternoon fluffy cumulus clouds provided some relief from the heat.
We started hiking at 9:00 and arrived on the summit of Baden Powell at 11:00. The leaders took turns leading this stretch. The group maintained a fair pace and required few stops for consolidation.
After a short stay on the summit of Baden Powell, Joe led us over to Burnham, arriving at noon. We lunched for one hour on Burnham, at which point two hikers checked out.
Stag led the group over to Throop, arriving at 2:00 pm. Stag made a few announcements to the captive audience, including a pitch for the upcoming HPS Oktoberfest (October 6-7). Joe then led the group down the ridge toward Dawson saddle, arriving there just before 3:00 pm.
The hike involved about 3300' of gain and 10-12 miles. This was a good outing to maintain our hiking fitness during the summer, keeping us in shape for the Sierra Nevada. A few of us reconvened at Pepe's of La Cañada for post hike revelry.
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