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Ross Mountain via Vincent Gap

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Angeles National Forest

Ross Mountain via Vincent Gap is a 13.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Valyermo, California that offers scenic views. The trail is only recommended for very experienced adventurers and primarily used for hiking, trail running, camping, and backpacking.

Distance: 13.9 miles Elevation Gain: 5,285 feet Route Type: Out & Back







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Head up the Baden-Powell trail and follow the ridge about 3 miles south to Ross mountain. Detailed description in Afoot and Afield LA County. Some very steep sections with difficult footing.

Fri Aug 17 2018

10/15/2016 -Ross Mountain (7402 ft / 2256 m). From Vincent Gap (6,593’) up to Baden-Powell (9,399’), Down to Ross, then back up 2300’ to Baden, & finally down to parking lot to ice cold brewskies. Okie & myself we’re the only party on Ross. This is when we first met Michael & Scouty which we have had many hiking adventures since then. Distance: 15 miles round trip on trail and cross-country. Elevation Gain: 5400' total, 3100' out plus 2200' on return. Time: 7-10 hours round trip. Rating: Class 1, very strenuous.

Sun Jul 29 2018

this hike was tougher than i thought, i even knew while doing it but pushes to summit of Ross, its actually easier going back up Baden-Powell than down the ridge to ross, all scree much more slippery downward but no cliffside exposure so it safe from long falls, it was hell on my feet going down u need to be relatively tough to complete this don't underestimate the difficulty of this hike. its beautiful a hike i will do again to see where i am physically going forward. u get great views of Baldy and the san antonio ridge, if u going to go Pine mt to baldy or Iron mt to baldy this is a good warm up for that and gives u great views of those routes as well. i really enjoyed this hike i paid for it but the price is well worth any sacrifice. saw no one after baden powell and was a few days on the registry since, this is a remote route be advised of lack of accessibility let people know where u r. trail is clear difficult to get lost but terrain is harsh easy to twist and ankle fall bang a knee. Would suggest trekking poles and ample supplies plan well.

Sun Nov 12 2017

Great trail for some solitude. The last person on the register on Ross was there about a week before me. Didn't see a soul after Baden-Powell. Really beautiful hike, but save some energy for the way back as you basically have to climb Baden-Powell again.