Mt. Baden-Powell from Islip Saddle

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Mt. Baden-Powell from Islip Saddle is a 11.1 mile point-to-point trail located near Mt Wilson, California and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

11.1 miles
3,156 feet
Point to Point

dog friendly


Incedible 360 mountain views, PCT trail with many great peak opportunities If you are looking for a beastly hike in the Angeles forest, you want great vistas, and a high elevation trail, then this is your hike. This one is a real butt kicker with nearly a 5000 foot elevation gain over 8.1 miles. You start at the Islip Saddle and immediately begin your climb. The first mile gives you a good feel of what you are in store for most of the way. The second mile into Little Jimmy Campground levels off, and some might want to camp here before taking the rest of this trek along the PCT. You will meet most trekkers coming the opposite direction. From the camp head toward Windy Gap and then take the PCT trail headed up to Mt. Baden Powell. This third mile is another large gainer. The good news is that one you reach this crest, you've already done a lot of the climbing for this trip. There is still plenty left to climb, however, so make sure you bring lots of water, food, and good fitting shoes. You will want to be in top shape for this one.

2 months ago

Pretty magnificent hike. We started at Vincent Gap, climbed the 5 peaks and ended at Islip Saddle. The trails were remarkably maintained. We hiked Memorial Day. It was warm but there’s lots of coverage. I do recommend climbing all or most of the peaks. The views are marvelous.

6 months ago

It's a good hike and in some areas downtown Los Angeles can be seen as well as the observatory on Mt. Wilson. There are a few trails that cross this one so be careful to not get lost.

8 months ago

Stunning views but wow, the wind! Current conditions are no snow or ice but powerful winds and temps that drop as you get higher. I wore baselayer, wool hoodie, down jacket, beanie, gloves and that kept me warm enough. Wear layers and check conditions before going. The hike itself is tough at times and I'm feeling sore now. Take two cars, leave one at Islip Saddle, the other at Vincent Gap so you just have to hike one way.

8 months ago

Awesome views

9 months ago

PSA: the trail head is ACROSS THE STREET from the islip saddle parking lot... I mistakenly took the trail that led from the parking lot. Little upset with how poorly the signage was -- no indication in the parking lot that the trail is across the street. Not sure how people who haven't been would know not to take the trail that leads from the lot, but maybe it's just me... despite all the confusion, I did get some pretty incredible views.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Fun hike - nice trail. My knees really felt the last couple miles coming back.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Beautiful views

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Try this with a full pack and camp either on summit of BP or at several gear spots desending to Vincent Gap. the distance is closer to 13 miles and the Park signs with mileage are clearly wrong. The sign at the entrance to the PCT at VG reads 4.2 to the summit of BP and just 200 feet up the trail a sign reads 3.7. The sign at the junction to Dawson's saddle reads a ridiculously short distance to Little Jimmy as well. Just's 12 or 13 miles.

Friday, November 20, 2015

Did this trail from Crystal Lake to Baden...I think a total of 17 Miles..It is a great Hike! Few areas of loose rock but manageable. Several trail runners here but all good!

Friday, August 07, 2015

Beautiful along the PST portion.

Saturday, July 07, 2012

This was the first time I hiked from Islip Saddle to Mt. Baden-Powell and boy was it tuff but worth every step. I was awe struck with the 360 views, Catalina Island and the Pacific Ocean to the South and turn around and you have the Mojave Desert to the North, from places such as Windy Gap.
Even the dead & burnt trees from the 2002 Curve Fire added a senes of beauty to the landscape by showing the effects of fire weather man-made or by Mother Nature.
Seeing the Limber Pines like the Wally Waldern Tree on top of Mt. Baden-Powell left me speechless, to stand there and look at a tree that is 1,500 years old and realize this tree has been in the same spot since way before Europeans came to the America's.
There were alot of other hikers on the trail but everyone was very pleasent and it was great seeing all the Boy Scouts trekking up to the mountain, I chatted breifly with a group of them from the Sylmar area and they were very friendly and enjoyed talking about their hike.

Monday, July 02, 2012

As others have stated, this hike is a real "butt-kicker". Awesome panoramic views all along the trail. Started the hike from Islip Saddle at 6am and arrived at Mt. Baden-Powell at 10am. After relaxing for an hour, I started my return trip at 11am and arrived back at the car at 1:30pm. Make sure to take plenty of water - I took 5 liters which was just about right for what I needed.

3 months ago

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Saturday, June 23, 2012