on the way back from Baden-Powell
A much better looking peak than Burnham. Nice little plaque at the summit. Trip Report
Hike up to Baden Powell from Vincent Gap, plowed through a lot of snow. Then traversed the ridge to Burnham, Throop, then down Throop's north ridge to the Angeles Crest Highway (ACH) and up to Mount Lewis. THen hiked along hte ACH back to Vincent Gap.
Here is my GPS Track, Photos and Google Map.
After summitting Mount Baden Powell, I made a decision to pursue this peak rather than descend to Ross Mountain. After reviewing my topo profile, I think Vincent gap to Throop Peak and back is very close to the difficulty of Ross Mountain.
According to my GPS, my trip was 11.6 miles with a combined elevation gain of 4621 feet.
I came overprepared, which is better than being a statistic. Lugging 200 ounces water (13 pounds worth) really slowed me down. It took me Four hours and 40 minutes to reach Throop Peak from Vincent Gap. I made it back to my car in 8 hours and 56 minutes. Subtract about 20 minutes for photo taking/ changing clothes layers, and about 30 minutes for snacks and sightseeing.
The wind was really blowing on top, and I hated being on the windward side. Cold air blowing into your ear at 40 miles and hour is a real treat.
A friend emailed me a copy of his Nat Geo Track file, which put the hike at 13.6 miles. I think my 5 or 6 year old technology Magellan Meridian is not as accurate as his new Garmin 60 series. I'm going with his distance over mine. On a positive note, it adds two miles to my achievement!
Climbed this peak twice, once on route to Baden Powell along the PCT where I camped on the summit in winds that sounded like a freight train plowing over my bivy, and another time in early spring to ski down - has some nice ski runs down to the road.
Camped on top in snow while hiking the PCT in 1980.
To the top several times and camped up there once.
Parked at Islip Saddle and hiked to Dawson Saddle. First, went up the 1/2 mile ridge to Mt. Lewis. Then crossed the highway and picked up the ridge trail to Throop Peak. Next was Mt. Hawkins. From there, we dropped down Hawkins' ridge 1300' to Copter Ridge and summited the peak located at 7,499' elevation. Then traversed (not recommended; way too steep) to a saddle just north of Middle Hawkins and summited that peak. Started back on the trail toward Islip Saddle and summited Mt. Islip along the way. The day was a little warm but the views were great on all the peaks.
Last time had to hike from Williamson Rock since the Crest was closed. Hiked it also from Crystal Lake, Dawson Saddle, and from Vincent Gap.
Nice combo. Started at the road closure on Rt 39.
On a trail run with my brother from Vincent Gap. Could not find a summit register, but there was a nice plaque
Hiked here from Islip Saddle and from Dawson on the way to Baden Powell. Nothing to write home about, but a good peak with a little plaque to the CalTech founder. Did someone put down it's pronounced "Troop"?
Vincent Gap to Mt. Hawkins. Bagged Throop, Burnham and Baden-Powell on the return. Summit views were a bit hazy. Plenty of solitude.
Road closed before Islip Saddle. I think soon they'll close the entire Crest highway. Probably has something to do with the endangered toads that live up there. Anyway, hiked this peak along with Mount Hawkins. Caught by a squall line; lightning striking the ridge and driving rain. I hustled down the PCT and made it back by dark. Good hike.
With Baden-Powell in the winter
Strong cold winds from below Badden-Powell all the way to the summit. No views as the peak was surrounded in clouds.
Started at the hwy 2 closure at Islip Saddle, walked about 4-5 miles? on closed hwy. to Dawson Saddle, then to summit, then Mt Hawkins and PCT back to car.
5-9-10 Skiied from summit down n. face to ACH, on excellent snow conditions.
My fourth trip to the summit. There was still quite a bit of snow along the trail. More than I was expecting.
a quick jaunt , then on to burnham another bump of a mountain. baden-powell is really what makes this high ridge worthwhile.
Backpacked. Carried my friends pack the last few hundred yards (his first backpack trip). Went to Lilly Springs for the night.