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
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.

6 minutes ago

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

6 days 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.

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7 days 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.

10 days 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!

10 days ago

11 days 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.

19 days ago

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

22 days ago

1 month ago

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

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1 month 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

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1 month ago

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

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1 month 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.

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1 month ago

Last mile was covered in snow with no way to follow the trail, so straight up we went. Took a long time to go carefully, as we weren't prepared with microspikes and really wish we had been. We had a few falls trying to go up (or down) in the snow with just hiking boots and poles. The view at the end definitely made it worth it, but next time I'll bring the proper gear!

2 months ago

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2 months ago

I'm planning to hike here tomorrow, Are microspikes still recommended?

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2 months ago

2 months ago

This is one of my top 3 favorite peaks in the San Gabriels, actually i rank it #2, 1st being San Antonio and the 3rd being Mount Islip. I digress. Ive done Baden from Vincent and From the Dawson saddle trailhead. Imo getting to Badem from the Dawson trailhead is 100xs better but that trail head is closed from late Nov to late April. Anyway on a good day is takes me 1hr and 30 mins to summit and 50mins to get back down. The trail is shaded for about 3 miles. The summit has somewhat of an Alpine environment. Imo this is essentially a fun sized version of Mount Baldy. You get soo much views with half the effort.

2 months ago

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2 months ago

Did April 01, 2017. Still plenty of snow, would not recommend going up without microspikes/crampons. Plan on ditching the switchbacks and going straight up the mountain nearly the last third until more snow melts. No flag at the top but plenty of views :)

3 months ago