Mount Baden Powell Trail

HARD 131 reviews
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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
3093 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

nature trips

rock climbing

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

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.

hiking
5 days ago

hiking
11 days ago

This is one of my favorite hikes and the time up there was on 8/01/17. It is demanding enough yet not extremely long. If one knows how to get up the forest road from Big Rock Creek getting within a couple of hundred yards from the trailhead is possible. The last two times up there I came across two other people on the trail.

hiking
1 month ago

This weekend my husband and I drove back up to Wrightwood to hike Mount Baden-Powell, a peak in the San Gabriel Mountains named for the founder of the World Scouting Movement, Robert Baden-Powell. It’s also one of the highest peaks in Angeles National Forest standing at 9,399 ft. Mount San Antonio aka Old Baldy or Mt. Baldy being the highest at 10,064 ft. The trail begins at the Vincent Gap parking lot and follows along a section of the Pacific Crest Trail for a total of 8 miles out and back. The only wrench in our plan was that Highway 2 has been closed since June because of a sinkhole, so we had to park at Grassy Hollow and walk almost 3 miles down the road just to get to the trailhead. The Mt Baden Powell trail has an elevation gain of 2,800 ft. and a series of 41 switchbacks which begin to climb as soon as you start the hike. But once you reach the top the views are sublime. Another reward of this climb is once you’re at 9,000 ft. there’s a grove of ancient trees called limber pines, some of which are 1,000+ years old clinging to the slope. It’s an amazing spectacle and well worth the work you have to do to get there. I recommend bringing extra water because the road really heats up in the afternoon and that nice shade we had in the morning was gone. All said and done, this hike was as awesome as it was challenging. There were some sections of the trail, especially as you reach the summit that were tough, but the payoff out weighs the rough spots. If you go at your own pace, you will enjoy a feeling of accomplishment after reaching the top and see panoramic views of the landscape along with my favorite part of the hike, the ancient trees. I look forward to doing this trail again.

We are beginner hikers and I also take a lot of photos along the way.
6:32 AM Begin walking on Highway 2 from Grassy Hollow Visitor Center
7:22 AM Arrive Vincent Gap Parking Lot and being our ascent
10:42 AM Reach the summit of Mt Baden-Powell
Break for lunch
11:12 AM Begin decent
Approx 1:47 PM arrive back at Vincent Gap Parking Lot

backpacking
1 month ago

Got it on the PCT class of 2017. Great hike. Had to route find a little at the top due to snow. Pretty easy summit as a day hike though. A bit steep but a short one.

1 month ago

As previous comments said, road is still closed from the grassy hollows visitor center, making this a 14 mile hike. Even at this elevation, it can get quite hot. The temperature was 91 F at the visitor center at 1 pm when I finished this hike. Bring lots of water (minimum 1 gallon).

1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

As of today 06/29/2017 HWY 2 is closed at Grassy Hollow Visitor Center. THE CAL TRANS WEBSITE IS WRONG. It shows trailhead being closed at the Gulch, but it's actually closed 2.6 miles further up the road at the above stated visitor center. You can park at the day camp area there but your hike to the trailhead is 2.6 miles from that location, adding 5.2mi to your 8.9 mi summit hike, along with an extra 1,000ft of elevation from visitor center to trail head. Consider extra water and food for this.

Normally this is a hard hike for experience hikers, but due to the addition of 5.2miles of hiking due to road closers, including 1,000 extra feet of elevation, I would consider this hike EXTREMELY HARD and for intermediate/expert hikers only until the HWY is reopened.

Our total trip today was over 14 miles with over 3,500ft of elevation gain. Be warned.
Still an absolute blast.

Went through 3L of water, went dry about 10 feet from the truck. Bring 4L minimum.

1 month ago

Excellent place for a hike. Be in good shape when you go up hill!

1 month ago

This is my favorite hike. I have summited 11 times and I look forward to doing it multiple times a year. It can get a little busy at times but it's often visited by regulars every few Saturdays.

hiking
1 month ago

As of 6/17/17 Hwy 2 is closed to Vincent Gap from Wrightwood as there is a sinkhole and landslide blocking the highway. They're hoping to repair it within a month. If you hike Baden Powell, you'll have to start on foot from further up the road (I'm guessing on the PCT) to get to the trailhead. You can park at Blue Ridge or the day use campground further down.

2 months ago

ANYONE?
If anyone is seeing this, could you please speak to this question. I was looking to summit Baden Powell tomorrow early from Vincent Gulch but I am finding there are road closures on CA-2 that appear to impede any access to the trailhead that I can see from the map. How are people getting to the trail head?!
Thanks for your help!

2 months ago

2 months ago

A nice little challange for me. If you go for intermediate hikes, this is a great mountain for you to peak! Other mountains in the area are harder and this is good training for them.

2 months ago

Hiked 2days ago first time weather was great . Steep but spectacular views!!!

2 months ago

2 months ago

2 months ago

perfect day out there today! yes, there is still some snow to walk through but very doable with hiking/trail shoes.

hiking
3 months ago

40 mph winds at the peak and yet it was still worth it. Lots of snow at about the three mile point still doable without crampons just take your time and have fun. Hiking buddy Daryl put the American flag on the summit very epic

hiking
3 months ago

Snow softens by the afternoon. Bring a set of poles and you'll be fine.

hiking
3 months ago

Still too much snow about 3/4 for casual hiker. Trail gets lost and overnight freeze makes the snow/ice slippery. Nice and secluded this time of year. I'll try again at end of June.