Baker Lake to Maple Grove Backpack

BakerLakeDescription: We will hike 4 miles to Maple Grove campground from the southern trailhead located at Baker Lake. The campground sits on the eastern shore of Baker Lake, this spot has six tent campsites complete with fire pits and vault or backcountry toilets.

TRAIL ASSESSMENT:  Please, have your Scout volunteer and sign-up to research one of the Trail Assesment topics.  Everyone will present there findings at the June 17th Troop Meeting. For more info click here.

MAPS: One of the 10 essentials! 
Baker Laker to Maple Grove Trail Map
Baker Laker to Maple Area Map
Baker Laker to Maple Grove Topo

Where: Baker Lake – Maple Grove  

Eligibility: This event is open to all Troop 120 scouts and guests.

Distance: Approximately 8 miles round trip.  Elevation gain of 500ft.

Conditions: Be prepared for rain and cold temperatures!

Required Equipment: Good hiking hiking cloths and boots.  No cotton, wear layers, and be waterproof!  Backpack should contain 10 essentials and standard supplies for overnight camping (see Troop Handbook or click here).  Troop will be supplying the usual cooking equipment, tents, and ground cloths

Pack Check:  Bring your packs and gear to the June 17th meeting.

Food: Have a good breakfast before departing Saturday morning.  Patrols will coordinate lunch and dinner for Saturday, and breakfast Sunday.  Bring a sack lunch to eat at the trailhead on Sunday.  Scouts are responsable for personal snacks for all days.

Costs: The costs of meals will be coordinated by each patrols grub master.  A per person trip fee will be determined shortly by the Adult Coordinted (and posted here before the trip) to cover additional costs (such as fuel, etc.).  This trip fee should be paid to the Adult Coordinator at the time of departure.

Transportation: We will be carpooling for this event.  Please note in your RSVP if you are able to act as a driver for this event and list the capacity of your vehicle.  Final drivers will be assign the morning of departure by the Adult Coordinator.  Drivers will be required to supply information regarding their valid drivers license and inbsurance prior to the event.  Drives will be reimbursed for fuel costs.


Trail Assessment

The Boy Scout motto is “Be prepared” to be prepared on a backpacking trip you must be prepared with both the gear you carry on your back, and most importantly what you bring between your ears!

To enjoy your trip you will be bringing 3 resources; Gear, Supplies and Skills.Be Prepared

But past assembling your gear and food, how can you ensure that you are in fact prepared?

You need to know what to be prepared for! To do this you must ask yourself what is the environment and route conditions you will experience on this trip? The questions you have to ask are: What is the temperature high or low, is there a possibility of rain, will the terrain we are hiking on be muddy or dry, will there be insects or animals we need to take precautions for, and what is the remoteness of our destination.

Trail Assessment:
This might seem like a lot but if we all work together we can quickly and easily gather this information!

Climate & Daylight
• Average Temperature High and Low (Note: adjust about 3 degrees for every 1,000 vertical feet.)
• Average and record high/low precipitation
• Wind & Cloud cover
• Hours between civil sunrise and civil sunset (Note: expect 30-60 minutes of less daylight due to heavy cloud cover.)

Problematic wildlife/insects
• Types, e.g. mosquitoes, black flies, no-see-um’s
• Peak intensity
• Intensity fluctuations based on time of day, location, wind
• Bears
• “Mini bears example: mice, raccoons, marmots

Vegetation & Water Availability
• Types, example: trees, brush, none – Thickness/density
• Allergens, example poison ivy
• Combustibility for fires
• Distance, terrain and time between water sources
• Water Reliability

Footing & Navigation
• Snow-covered or snow-free
• If snow-free: rocks, dirt, sand, vegetation, dry, dusty, wet, muddy, smooth or uneven?
• Visibility, example open or forested
• Topographical relief, example subtle or prominent features
• Quality of trail tread
• Signs, blazes, cairns, posts
• Quantity/frequency of use or social trails

• Distance and time to the closest trafficked road and the closest town with services
• Natural barriers to self-rescue, e.g. canyons, thick brush, big rivers
• Cell reception

What resources should you consult in assessing environmental and route conditions? These will help:
• Climate atlas and historical weather data.
• Landsat images, e.g. “satelite” view on Google Maps
• Geo-tagged photos, e.g. photos on Google Maps
• Topographical maps, e.g. USGS topos
• Guidebooks, databooks, and water charts
• Official information published by land mangers and trail associations, made available on their websites and in their printed materials
• Communities, e.g. online forums, hiking clubs
• Local experts, e.g. backcountry rangers, lodge owners, experienced backcountry users

50 Miler Award

What is the objective of the 50-Miler Award? The award seeks to stimulate interest in Scouting ideals and promote activities that improve personal fitness, self-reliance, knowledge of the outdoors, and understanding of conservation.

Who is eligible for the 50-Miler Award? Boy Scouts, Varsity Scouts, Venturers, and Scout leaders.

What constitutes a qualifying trip? A chartered unit or provisional group might organize a trip, usually a high-adventure trek. The unit must make a complete plan for the trip that includes possibilities for advancement. The group must cover a trail (or a canoe or boat route) of not less than 50 consecutive miles and take a minimum of five consecutive days to complete the trip—all without the aid of motors. During the trip, each participant must spend at least 10 hours working on a conservation project such as trail maintenance.

Ten hours of service seems like a lot. Is there an alternative? If it’s not possible to complete the service requirement during the trip, you can do a similar project in your home area. This is how Philmont crews can complete the 50-Miler Award, because they do only three hours of service during their treks and an additional seven hours later.

What means of transportation can we use on our trip?The award covers hiking, bicycling, boating, and canoeing. Pack animals may be used where appropriate, but requirements prohibit the use of motors.

Can a Scout or Scouter earn the 50-Miler Award more than once? Yes.

How do we apply for the 50-Miler Award? Complete the 50-Miler Award application (No. 34408A) and submit it to your local Scout council service center. Find an application

Who approves the award? The unit leader or provisional group leader signs the application, which is then submitted to the local Scout council service center for final approval.

What recognition items are available? Recognition items include a decal (No. 32261), an embroidered patch (No. 191), a leather patch (No. 241), and a hiking-staff medallion (No. 14131). The leader should order recognition items when submitting the application.