Mount Baden Powell Trail

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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.

DISTANCE
8.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2788 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

birding

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nature trips

rock climbing

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forest

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snow

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.

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3 days ago

More like 7.7 to 8 miles. very chilly at the top right now. make sure to wear a good Insulated jacket. Trail is very well pounded, can't get lost.

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12 days ago

Amazing . Beautiful the entire hike with views. Switch backs start pretty quick. Definitely a must do!

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16 days ago

Gps clocked 9 miles from parking lot. Was extremely steep. Got up in about 2 hours got down in about 1. Ended up jogging down most the time since it was so steep. Views at the top are amazing. Fairly windy at the top. Bring layers.

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18 days ago

Hiked this today with my dog. Great 360 degree views from the top. We hiked early and so we were mostly shaded from the sun. This hike is mostly switchbacks all the way to the top. It’s pretty gradual. The last .2 miles was the hardest on me but made it in an hour and 50 minutes. The trail is very well kept and you are mostly on the pacific crest trail. There was a beautiful bench that looked out to the surrounding mountain around 20-30 minutes into the hike. There’s plenty on parking; we got there at around 9 am on a Saturday and there were about ten spots open. You need an adventure pass or an annual pass to park there. There’s also bathrooms on the trailhead. It’s a pretty popular hike. There we lots of groups of people but we found that folks were respectful of the quiet environment. Overall I was impressed by the gorgeous views from the top! I will definitely do this hike again.

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18 days ago

Don’t let the 4 mile distance fool you, after 40 switchbacks and over 2500 ft of elevation gain you’ll definitely feel the burn. On the way up the views are beautiful, and at the summit your treated to a 360 degree view of Victorville, the ocean, mt baldy, and the southern sierras. Bring a chair and some snacks because you’ll definitely want to spend some time up there. Hike on!

20 days ago

lol loved it so beautiful on top

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