“The backpacking trip was EPIC! We hiked to the summit of Mount Wilson! The freeze dried teriyaki chicken and chili-mac was excellent. This was the best trip with the troop so far. I will definitely come to the next one.“ –Evan Nachtrieb
Story by Danny Comer, Age 11
Last weekend we did a backpack. This hike was 17 miles (24 “backpacking miles”) from Chantry Flats to Eaton canyon and qualifies for the San Gabriel Trails Award. We did it in two and a half days.
When we started, we walked down a concrete trail to a huge junction. This was honestly the worst part of the hike (not saying it was bad) because there were lots of people and it was not really nature. From the junction we went to Hogee’s campground and spent the night. The only part of this that was bad was hooligans partying till late and people trying to get firewood at 11:00. From that point on, everything was nice.
Lot’s of nature undisturbed by man. It was hard but the scenery was perfect. We hit Manzanita Ridge and took a break. Once we finished the break we went up. We had an option after 0.9 miles: we could summit Mt. Wilson or we could go down the toll road to our next campground. After debate, we went to summit Mt. Wilson.
When we got to Mt Wilson, I got a feeling that I love: success!
It’s an entirely different experience to hike to Mt. Wilson instead of drive up it. We got some snacks that really hit the spot (like ice cream) and went down to the toll road. We hiked down for a while. You could not really tell time right then. Once we got down to our campground, we slept. ….we were cowboy camping.
When we left the camp we hiked. There was not really the world’s best view because we were walking through the overcast clouds. We got back at Eaton Canyon and left. This was very fun, but you cannot go without knowledge of what to do.