Mt. Baden-Powell from Dawson Gap

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Mt. Baden-Powell from Dawson Gap is a 8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Valyermo, California that features a great forest setting and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, birding, and horses and is best used from March until November. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

8.0 miles
2283 feet
Out & Back

dog friendly



nature trips


horseback riding



Incredible desert and mountain views, one of the best 360 in So Cal This is a great hike through one of the best places in the Angeles Forest. This is wonderful high country hiking along one of the best sections of the PCT in Southern California. This trail is pretty straightforward, lots of steady up grade to the top, you can venture off on the side peaks as well. Throop and Burnham only add 350 feet in elevation gain and .5 to your mileage. Throop is worthwhile, Burnham is just a bump on the trail, but a must if you are peak bagging. The view from Baden Powell is spectacular, even on a day obscured by fires, or haze. The high country is amazing. You can even choose to follow along the ridgeline the entire way if you wish. One of the most outstanding things about this trail is that you can see where you are going and where you have been along the entire route. In my book, that always exemplifies a great trail.

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9 days ago

I added a detour to Mt. Burnham to this route, which is located at around the 3 mile mark. The view is nice, but Baden Powell is better. Unless you're itching to cross off Burnham from your peak list, skip it and go straight to Powell.

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Saturday, July 30, 2016

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Spectacular! Lots of shade along the way. Trail offers up and down both ways. Caution we have encountered rattlers three times on this trail

Views are unbelievable. Great mid distance hike

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Monday, July 11, 2016

I loved this trail. It was well marked, and had amazing views! Totally worth the time and effort.

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Wednesday, June 01, 2016

Woke up early and was on the trail by 0500, I got to the end of the trail in time to see the sunrise. It's a beautiful trail going up and down. This is the perfect spot to catch a fresh breath of air, embrace nature and clear your mind.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Monday, August 10, 2015

Monday, August 03, 2015

I will definitely do this hike again. It is strenuous, and the elevation is high. It is great for conditioning.

Monday, July 06, 2015

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Monday, July 14, 2014