I think when you grow up in Pennsylvania it’s in your blood to hike. I can remember most of what I did when I lived there besides riding my horses was hiking the local trails and spending time in the forest. In my 20s I drove to Virginia and hiked on the Appalachian trail along the Blue Ridge mountains in Shenandoah National Park. It was beautiful. This weekend my husband and I drove back up to Wrightwood to hike Mount Baden-Powell, a peak in the San Gabriel Mountains named for the founder of the World Scouting Movement, Robert Baden-Powell. It’s also one of the highest peaks in Angeles National Forest standing at 9,399 ft. Mount San Antonio aka Old Baldy or Mt. Baldy being the highest at 10,064 ft. The trail begins at the Vincent Gap parking lot and follows along a section of the Pacific Crest Trail for a total of 8 miles out and back. The only wrench in our plan was that Highway 2 has been closed since June because of a sinkhole, so we had to park at Grassy Hollow and walk almost 3 miles down the road just to get to the trailhead. The Mt Baden Powell trail has an elevation gain of 2,800 ft. and a series of 41 switchbacks which begin to climb as soon as you start the hike. But once you reach the top the views are sublime. Another reward of this climb is once you’re at 9,000 ft. there’s a grove of ancient trees called limber pines, some of which are 1,000+ years old clinging to the bare slope. It’s an amazing spectacle and well worth the work you have to do to get there. If you click below on “read more” you can see some of the photos I took along the trail with comments about our journey.