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

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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2 days ago

Swtchbacks that never end, but amazing view at the top!

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13 days ago

A mildly strenuous trail when hiked snow-free and in the early morning . Stunning Forrest trail w lots of shade. Peak is exposed though. Heavy foot-traffic but all were kindred spirits, naturally. There is a bench half way up to rest up on. Very enjoyable!

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20 days ago

Awesome workout with amazing views! One of my favorites.

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1 month ago

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1 month ago

One of my favorite hikes. Beautiful pine forest that gives way to amazing views of the Antelope Valley and the San Gabriel Mountains. It was a little hazy today so the view wasn't as spectacular as it could have been. Took us 2.5 hours to summit and a little over two hours back down, but we took a couple breaks and ate some snacks. Lots of switchbacks but they aren't boring. Plenty of wildlife to see. Didn't sign the logbook as it had been disintegrated by rain.

1 month ago

ca-2 is open....amazing hike!

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1 month ago

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1 month ago

CA-2 was open. The third nile up was difficult and last mile wrecked us. But the view from the top is amazing. I would do it again. Definitely pack a lunch and plenty of snacks. Water is, of course, a must. Great hike.

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1 month ago

Great trail. Start early, less traffic and cooler weather. Excellent groomed trail. Trail markers give good directions. The view from the summit is incredible!!

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1 month ago

This is one of my favorite hikes, 3rd time, it was beautiful. Switchbacks are a mix of flat and incline until you reach a mile from the top then its all incline but view is beautiful so you don't notice the incline. The excitement as you see the top and the peak is a great feeling. Two hours up and 1.5 down. A wonderful lunch with wine was well worth the climb, perfect date.

1 month ago

We did a picnic hike. Hiked 2 hours to the summit, then had a 1.5 hour picnic with great wine and delicious sandwiches. Then 1 hour back down. A great way to spend a day with someone you love.