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: 2,788 feet Route Type: Out & Back

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Note: Crampons and proper gear are recommended during the winter due to snow. 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 gnarled 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
4 days ago

One of my first hikes, Second to be exact. Great hike, wrong shoes but I still made it to the top and back down (no choice at that point) I would go back again.

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icy
snow
26 days ago

great day to hike (12/22) lots of snow at about 7500k ft. You definitely want to bring crampons, ice axe, helmet etc, or you're likely going to have a bad time. Ran in to 11 people total. Ridge to the summit is definitely something you should do only if you feel comfortable not being blow off. Very, very windy.

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snow
1 month ago

Soo I did this hike 4 hours ago (7am-2pm) and it is a MUST that you have an ice axe and crampons. The snow starts 0.5 miles in and the whole time you are hiking on an exposed ridge. It’s fun but requires an axe for the exposed reason. Go slow.. it’s very important that your focus is on the steep trail, too fast of a pace may lead to a slip. About 1 mile from the summit (it’s 4.5 up) the trail disappears under the snow and you’ll need to climb up the steep mountainside. There are foot holes you can follow but they’re not always deep so CRAMPONS are required here, along with an axe. I had microspikes only and turned around 200 feet from the summit due to the wind and steepness. Going down was hard in spikes and my hiking partner fell and slid for a few feet before stopping himself miraculously- you NEED an axe! Don’t even think about going without one. A good GPS is required too, as it is easy to get lost on the way down in the snow..... only recommended for serious climbers (climbers not hikers) who are not scared of thin ridge hiking and steep climbing. Happy trails!

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icy
muddy
snow
1 month ago

You’ll need crampons, an axe, helmet and gaiters right now. High risk of avalanche. Made it to the traverse which was covered in cornices. Crossing it safely would require being roped in. Great day on the way up, skipped all the switchbacks (they’re not there anymore) and just climbed straight up. IG: InfiniteMountainPursuits

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snow
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Did this hike a couple weeks ago before the snow came in. AllTrails has it rated as hard but it seemed on the easier side thanks to the switchbacks.

hiking
1 month ago

Completed Saturday 11/23. Microspikes and proper winter gear are a must. This was one of my favorite hikes! Absolutely gorgeous after the first snow of the season! Gradual switchbacks for about 4.5 miles to the summit.

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icy
snow
1 month ago

Unfortunately we were not able to do this hike today (11/24) since the trail was very snowy. We talked to the rangers and it can get very icey and dangerous at this time! Come prepared.

hiking
1 month ago

It’s a pretty good hike. It’s a perfect hike if you want to hike up and down a mountain. It’s just under 9 miles and isn’t to hard.

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snow
1 month ago

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icy
muddy
snow
1 month ago

Fun hike!! Right now, there is snow so bring microspikes.

hiking
icy
snow
1 month ago

This trail was amazing even in the snow! The switchbacks made the climb almost unnoticeable. This is a good training hike for some of the bigger local peaks.

hiking
1 month ago

I really enjoyed this hike as a whole, the beginning portion of the hike-like most of it- was at an incline, mostly shaded, & with plenty of switchbacks. Not many people going up at around 9:30am on a Saturday morning. Like others have mentioned, it’s a great training hike for hiking at higher elevations, but quite repetitive with the switchbacks. I think the view at the top was worth the hike-especially the short ridge line section before the summit. There was clear visibility and it was quite windy at the top, a little chilly, but not that bad. Overall a respectable hike.

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rocky
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

Loved this trail - great training for higher altitudes and elevation gain! Went solo and felt very comfortable, enough people around (other solo folks and couples) to feel good but not that it was overrun.

hiking
2 months ago

My daughter and I made the Mount Baden Powell Trek yesterday, November 9th. Was certainly a beautiful day! Mild weather and a lite breeze. Off the beaten path, but well worth it!

hiking
2 months ago

Always a good workout. It is getting colder. By the afternoon the sun is pretty much gone except for right at the top. Make sure you come prepared with at least a lightweight puffy jacket and maybe gloves/hat if it's windy. I saw broken glass from a tinted window in the parking lot, looks like people's cars are getting broken into. And now graffiti on the pit toilets. Don't leave any valuables in your car, keep everything out of sight. The trail is pretty repetitive, but it's great if you want a challenge, especially that last 1.2 miles.

hiking
2 months ago

Hikers beware! My car was broken into and my purse and belongings stolen. Report any activity to Los Angeles Sheriff Department at 661-272-2400.

hiking
2 months ago

A really enjoyable hike. I got into a nice rhythm and didn’t mind the switchbacks at all. There are enough views on the way up to keep you motivated and the top is wonderful. It was also fun to see a bit of the Angeles Crest 100 Mile trail.

hiking
2 months ago

The trail is pretty straight forward with no frills and thrills. Pretty much you walk uphill the entire time thru the forest until you get to the ridge and then your pretty much at the top of the peak. There is plenty of shade and not too much sun until you get to the top. The views are amazing & rewarding from the LA Basin to the High Desert. This is a must due if you want to train your lower body or backpacking for an higher elevation mountains.

hiking
rocky
2 months ago

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