Mount Baden Powell Trail is a 8.9 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Valyermo, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
Panoramic views from summit, unusual limber pine forest This is a strenuous hike up to the 9400 foot peak of Mount Baden-Powell. The hike, up 40 switchbacks, takes you through an amazing range of vegetation. Along the way you will see Oaks, Jeffery pines, Sugar Pines, Incense Cedar, Lodgepole Pines, White Fir, and near the summit the knarled Limber Pines. The views from the summit are breathtaking, looking over the Mojave desert and Southern Sierra. This is a great training day hike for a future backpacking trip.
hiked this again on thanksgiving day (11/24/16) and it was beautiful but slow going - there was ice on the trail about a mile in, and then as soon as we got into the pine section (halfway up), the ice became foot-deep snow and only got thicker as you get up to the saddle on the last stretch to the summit. even postholed a couple times but it was only up to the knees (i'm a short person). the peak itself didn't have too much snow, you could even still see the gravel and dirt beneath. Also, someone had stolen the flag boo. Since it's rained even more post-thanksgiving, I'd definitely recommend at least bringing microspikes or stabilicers for your shoes, and snow baskets for your trekking poles if you have them (i unfortunately left mine at home, since i underestimated the amount of snow there'd be). oh, and a headlamp if you're not fast and you start kinda late like we did, it gets dark about 4.30/5 - luckily we had lights on :)
Nice hike beautiful views... lil rocky be careful... great workout...
very popular trail when I was there
Loved this hike; scenery was nice and the weather helped it was very fresh.. will do it again soon
10/1/16- Adventure pass required. The parking lot is on your left hand side. Come early because parking fills up quickly. A good portion of the trail is shaded. Hiking poles not required but are helpful. Some of the inclines are steep but it's mainly a steady incline throughout the trail. It took me 2.5 hours to get to the top and 2 hours to get down. As for the crowd, once everyone gets started and going at their own pace it'll feel like a lightly trafficked trail. I typically take an ibuprofen prior to my hikes to prevent getting sick from the altitude.
Some people will disagree with me, but I think the majority of this trail is kinda boring. Don't get me wrong, I understand the purpose of switchbacks and don't mind a trail that has a few, but this route is 95% back and forth. Thankfully, the views and scenery at the backbone and summit are worth the monotony. They offer spectacular views of Baldy, Burnham, and many other peaks. The views down into the Mojave Desert and Mine Gulch are splendid as well. If I do Baden Powell again, I'm going to take the trail from Islip Saddle via Windy Gap.
Great workout, lots of shade.
Wonderful trail that is just a bunch of switchbacks. Although not really crowded there were lots of hikers. And specifically on the day I went there was a running event going on so lots of runners also.
This trail was strenuous going up. It has many switchbacks and is all up hill but the payoff at the top is unlike any other---it is gorgeous! There is a 360 degree view from the top as well. Simply beautiful and well worth the effort.