Explore the most popular rock climbing trails in Angeles National Forest with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

lush, densely covered, walk along stream to the gold mine. however, it is very buggy. bring spray or a net to cover your face.

going back up to the ridge the bugs go away and reveal nice city and natural views.

in terms of foot traffic, I ran into small groups every 30 minutes or so.

will go again.

2 days ago

Very scenic and enjoyable hike. Lots of bugs though, bring some repellent. Parts of the trail were very overgrown and I could swear I heard growling at one point (!). But I definitely recommend this hike. Lots of shade and different terrain, and seeing the mine at the end was exciting, even if it is closed.

This hike is rated hard for the right reasons.
Its a challenging Hike, you will walk up many miles, they are many switchbacks, and will test your hiking skills. The good news is, once you make it to the top, its all Worth it. Here are my recommendations. Take 3 litters of water. take a few snacks, and go on your own paste. There is lots of shade which makes the hike much pleasant and beautiful. I took a hiking stick and it helped allot. This trail is perfect to train your body, mind for mt baldy or other challenging hikes around the San Gabriel or San Bernardino mountains.
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We did this trail on daylight. moderate hike to the dawn mine sign. if you go down to the right, you will see what it used to be the mine. The mine is now covered with steel but you can peak with a flashlight. We couldn't find a way to go in the mine. Even if there was, I didn't wonder around to much.
be aware of the bee hive on the tree on top to the left of the sign that says dawn mine. These bees will follow you and sting you.
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6 days ago

Went on a beautiful Saturday and only saw three people the whole way - a group of two and a firefighter. 360 view at the top is wondrous.

Lots of shade. Nice creek. Took about 3.5 hrs.

Gorgeous hike. It was a bit chilly at the parking lot starting out but as soon as we began climbing the trail it got warmer. There’s also a good amount of shade until you get near the top. It was pretty chilly up top, had to put all the layers back on. The wooden sign is missing but the flag and monument is still there. We began the hike at 630 and made it back a little before noon. It was starting to get pretty warm when we got back to the lot.

A beautiful shady loop with lots of points of interest among the way and breathtaking views from Inspiration Point. I question whether it’s 4.9 Miles as in the description. While the elevation gain is accurate, I think it’s more like 6-6.5 and others along the way agreed. Recommend doing the loop clockwise, as the descent down from Dawn Mine would be a bit more challenging.

I LOVED this hike. Yes, there are switchbacks and yes, it is uphill because your main goal is to summit a MOUNTAIN, right?! Anyway, if you are conditioned appropriately for altitude (which is basic hiking safety) and you do some stair master at the gym, you’ll enjoy this hike as much as I did. I loved all of the shade and easy trail navigation. I also loved that the thugs haven’t ruined this trail with trash and graffiti like some of the others. We went today (on a Monday) and didn’t really see many people. Enjoy this hike, it offers awesome views at the top.

Fantastic hike! Give yourself about 3 to 3 1/2 hours to complete. It can definitely be finished faster but allow yourself some time to scramble on the rocks. Trail gets a little confusing at times, just used the map to help me navigate.
Also be sure to leave before the 8PM as the gates to park close.

ok they we're not lieing to you all switch backs like over 50 switch backs up to the top and sadly for all that work the American flag and the sign has been taken by someone and sadly some one wrote with chauk all over the Monument very sad to see this but the viwes is amazing and shad on the trail is more than I expected. I started at 5 am and got up by 8am and we took nice long breaks to enjoy the trip. the bathroom that are in the parking lots a super dirty when I went to days..... but with that note the trail is clean and is a single width trail loved the intensity and short Ness of the hike took 5 hours for me to go from the bottom to the top hang out for an hour and back down to the car and I'm a slower pace hiker. bring lots of water thoes switch backs get you super thirsty

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1 month ago

My girlfriend and I pulled this hike off without being prepared for altitude issues and it was the longest hike we’ve ever done. We are not beginners and this hike took some serious gas to complete. Don’t be fooled into thinking this is a nice long walk in the forest because it’s a continuous grind all the way to the top. Once you summit you’ll feel accomplished and the views are phenomenal. We love the fact that there is copious amounts of shade on this hike and trust me when it’s 80 to 85 degrees out you’ll be thanking those beautiful pine trees. The history of Baden Powell being the founder of the boy scouts is pretty cool too considering this hike is just minutes from my house in the high desert. After doing a few more hikes in the area it’s pretty evident that this is probably the best hike in the San Gabriels as far as trail maintenance, shade, work out and accessibility is concerned.

I loved this trail! Bagged my first peak! This trail is best to do in early morning when it’s cool outside. It is hard but it is worth it! On switch back 5 or 6 there is a nice resting bench on the left side of the mountain. I recommend tying your boots pretty tight so your foot doesn’t move around to much. I got blisters on the sides of my feet. Take at least 3 liters of water if you plan to do the full hike to the top and some smart snack. Make sure you have the proper hiking shoes for this! trekking poles are recommended! There is lots of shade on this trail. 42 switch backs total it’s ALL switchbacks! You can do it! One of the most beautiful hikes I’ve done.

Gorgeous hike, and not another soul on the trail. Walked this at sunset, and the views from the top of the ridge were incredible. Even though it had been a relatively warm day (highs in the 90s), the walk through the canyon to the Dawn Mine was cool and shady. Highly recommend this.

Wow! Those views! This trail took me 5.5 hours. It was hard but totally doable. I just took my time. Lots of shade. I highly recommend!

Our favorite peak thus far in the 6 pack challenge. Not as difficult as we thought it would be - up and back 7 hours - including 2 hours at the top. The peak area was amazing -- so many beautiful, peaceful spots to explore. Shout out to our new friend - please join us for more hikes!

It was challenging on the way up, especially with all my camera gear but the views are well worth it.

One of my favorites. Shady, babbling streams, a bit of boulder hoping, and a cool mine. Be sure to checkout the back side of the mine (you have to hike up to the posted sign near the main trail, turn left, then circle behind the mountain in which the mine is located). You can walk in about 20ft. After visiting the back side, head back out to the main trail up to the fire road or for an easier hike, return back to the parking the way you came in.

Past the mine gets VERY steep for a bit. Use AllTrails as this hike can be tricky!

This is the best hike I’ve ever been on! It was so beautiful, you see everything from a stream, huge rocks, wildlife (we saw a huge snake on the trail) AND there’s a bunch of shade. Not to mention, we only saw about 4 different groups the whole time we were on it, which was a Saturday. It was a little hard to find at first but man, id recommend this trail to anyone!

Virtual Hike: https://youtu.be/pZEPeV_vT2w

we met up slightly after the sunrise for a relatively cool hike, despite the season. The beginning of the trail is paved, but quickly hits dirt. The trail eventually finds sanctuary from the sun as the canyon narrows. It’s a pretty easy trail, and I recommend it for any beginner looking to lengthen their hike. the area by the mine is nice and shaded. The hike to the mine is relatively short, extend it for the full sunset loop trail.

Hope you enjoy!

Playlist for the trail:
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Great trail, although a little overgrown. The atmosphere shifts several times throughout the hike, keeping it surprising and interesting. BRING: bug spray, the mostly-fired river bed is a mosquito haven. Also, perhaps booties for your dog too - as the asphalts the summer (it was 96 out) on the way back will burn their paws.

Completed Mount Baden Powell Trail. Hiked 8.9 miles in 5 1/2hrs at an elevation of 9,363ft and a grade of 43%. Open your heart to possibilities. I feel so alive..!!

This hike is dedicated to all the people that showed me kindness, compassion, and understanding after all these years. The air is the mind, the fire is the soul, the water is the emotion, and the Earth is the body. Allow the chakra energy to flow through your body to find #balance, #harmony, and #serenity. Make your dreams become a reality.

Fun hike! Bring 3L of water. Food and take trash out with you. Great for building and maintaining durability. Altitude breathing. Not for beginners!

Really fun hike. Nothing but switch backs... most aren’t too steep. About a quarter mile from the summit, the Wally Waldron tree sticks precariously off the side of the ridge, one of the oldest trees in the San Gabriel Range. About 30- 40 people there at 10 Am.... whole hike took me 5 hours. There was a 90 year old man at the summit, looking like he could go another 20 miles #goals.

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2 months ago

Great trail and area, but don't park in the lot near the road. Break-ins happen often and there was even a car theft two weeks ago. There's parking farther in, just past the Edison facility. Park head-in within the arrows.

Hard as hell..5 miles uphill good part downhill way home. Top is very impressive definitely bucket list hike!

Great hike and amazing views. No issues with dogs and plenty of people on the trail. We finished the hike at 9:30am and the parking lot was full so arrive early.

Easy

Short, but nicely inclined walk on a paved road. The only dirt you will actually hike to the trail is loose and steep.
Small, beautiful waterfall with an upper tier/pool that is dangerously accessible.
Gorgeous views!
Went on a Wednesday and there were only a couple other hikers. Had he waterfall to ourselves for about 30 minutes.

Short hike on a paved fire road with steady incline. Great leg and cardio workout. The trail leads to a waterfall which requires careful footing to get to. Don't be hasty; go slow! Hike the rest of the fire road to the Notch and grab yourself a beer and lunch at the restaurant with a view of the valley below!

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