Explore the most popular backpacking trails near Valyermo with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

We did this hike in mid-August along with our friend who was prepping for her trek on the JMT. The hike is well maintained, mostly shaded, and meanders up the mountain with a series of switchbacks. I prefer switchbacks to a straight stair-climb up a slope, so I appreciated the winding nature.
Only annoying part is the peak- little shade and LOTS of fitness group meetups that had music blasting and were having push-up competitions on the summit monument. Oh, and the drone guy. Not everyone wants to hear your whirring drone and be in your videos. Enjoy nature, please, and let the others around you enjoy it too!

Overall: nice and slow pace with lots of shade! No water and only pit toilets so bring plenty to drink.

Great view from the top. This trail was a good challenge!

It’s very awesome when you reach the top

Strenuous up hill. So many switchbacks I wanted to quit. 4 hours in we made it to the top! Most satisfying hike I’ve ever done though! The view makes it all worth it!

This is a trail I wish the made even steeper just to save a mile or two it’s just what seems to be an endless amount of switchbacks

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19 days ago

Did this on a weekend. The section to the saddle was a zoo, and up to Cucamonga was still very busy. That last stretch to Etiwanda wasgorgeous and quiet, though, with magnificent views of the steep cliffs. Look for the cairns at 1.3 miles from the Cucamonga split to get to an unasuming top with great views. There was an improvised register.

it was a great challenge

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22 days ago

Did this trail with a friend. It is definitely a workout. The switch backs make it possible. Bring water and snacks you will need them to refuel. Trail is well shaded. Excellent views ftom the peak. Will definitely do it again.

home to the mine is beautiful, however it's what lies within the mine that is truly amazing, I spent about 2 hours inside the mine checking every end of every outcrop, VERY DARK, VERY DAMP, VERY SPOOKY, however with the proper lighting it isn't too bad, would definitely recommend scouting out the inside if youre up for it!

I will admit I consider myself to be a regular hiker, but this trail tested my limits, best advice would be keep your momentum, last weekend was my first time taking this trail, I did not expect it to be that challenging. However, the view is unrivaled. I set out at 5:55 am, took a few short breaks as well as a 10-15 min stop to watch the sunrise, made it to the summit at 7:50. enjoyed the view for about an hour and was back at my car by about 10:30. 10/10 would recommend!

This is one of our major hikes here in the Angeles national forest, I went to the mine to evaluate the trail, and am dismayed at the abuses our historical places have suffered in this ‘ new age’.
And now, In the last week the cabin has been paintballed. Please, this is my home. I would not follow you home (as much as I want to) and tag and paintball your home! And this is why I don’t go down ‘there’. The National forest is everyone’s, why would you destroy it? Please have respect for my home.

This hike is rated hard for the right reasons.
Its a challenging Hike, you will walk up many miles, they are many switchbacks, and will test your hiking skills. The good news is, once you make it to the top, its all Worth it. Here are my recommendations. Take 3 litters of water. take a few snacks, and go on your own paste. There is lots of shade which makes the hike much pleasant and beautiful. I took a hiking stick and it helped allot. This trail is perfect to train your body, mind for mt baldy or other challenging hikes around the San Gabriel or San Bernardino mountains.
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I love this hike. I been here many times just because its such a beautiful hike.
First off, The parking is great with lots of space. Bathrooms are a bit dirty. Bring your own toilet paper!. the hike to the mine over the white gate beginning point is moderate. 2 miles of beautiful scenery and nature. At points a bit slippery so hold on to your kids and dogs. Once you make it to the Mine, the views are amazing for pictures and sunsets. when you enter the mine. bring flashlights
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1 month ago

Gorgeous hike. It was a bit chilly at the parking lot starting out but as soon as we began climbing the trail it got warmer. There’s also a good amount of shade until you get near the top. It was pretty chilly up top, had to put all the layers back on. The wooden sign is missing but the flag and monument is still there. We began the hike at 630 and made it back a little before noon. It was starting to get pretty warm when we got back to the lot.

Great hike, gives you a good workout and beautiful views. I took my kids and our dog and they had no problem getting to the mine. My kids loved exploring in the mine it was fun... just take flash lights and you'll be ok. I would of given this trail 5 stars, but there is way too much graffiti and trash everywhere.

Loved this trail! Nobody in our group had to use trekking poles. This is a rocky trail! I wish someone would have posted that! This is a dog friendly trail. There are nice spots with shade to rest. Lots of bees at the mine! Nobody got stung but they were annoying. Many places for photo opportunities. Please take your trash with you leave no trace! Great hike for children’s 8 and up. Keep your dogs on a leash. Have fun!

Pretty cool trail. Great views. Watch out for rattlesnakes when you get to the mine. Had a run in with one of them. You don’t know fear until you hear that death rattle.

The mine has such great views. Has always been a favorite hike. Last time I went, there was a lot of trash, so don’t forget to clean up after yourselves.

I LOVED this hike. Yes, there are switchbacks and yes, it is uphill because your main goal is to summit a MOUNTAIN, right?! Anyway, if you are conditioned appropriately for altitude (which is basic hiking safety) and you do some stair master at the gym, you’ll enjoy this hike as much as I did. I loved all of the shade and easy trail navigation. I also loved that the thugs haven’t ruined this trail with trash and graffiti like some of the others. We went today (on a Monday) and didn’t really see many people. Enjoy this hike, it offers awesome views at the top.

ok they we're not lieing to you all switch backs like over 50 switch backs up to the top and sadly for all that work the American flag and the sign has been taken by someone and sadly some one wrote with chauk all over the Monument very sad to see this but the viwes is amazing and shad on the trail is more than I expected. I started at 5 am and got up by 8am and we took nice long breaks to enjoy the trip. the bathroom that are in the parking lots a super dirty when I went to days..... but with that note the trail is clean and is a single width trail loved the intensity and short Ness of the hike took 5 hours for me to go from the bottom to the top hang out for an hour and back down to the car and I'm a slower pace hiker. bring lots of water thoes switch backs get you super thirsty

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1 month ago

My girlfriend and I pulled this hike off without being prepared for altitude issues and it was the longest hike we’ve ever done. We are not beginners and this hike took some serious gas to complete. Don’t be fooled into thinking this is a nice long walk in the forest because it’s a continuous grind all the way to the top. Once you summit you’ll feel accomplished and the views are phenomenal. We love the fact that there is copious amounts of shade on this hike and trust me when it’s 80 to 85 degrees out you’ll be thanking those beautiful pine trees. The history of Baden Powell being the founder of the boy scouts is pretty cool too considering this hike is just minutes from my house in the high desert. After doing a few more hikes in the area it’s pretty evident that this is probably the best hike in the San Gabriels as far as trail maintenance, shade, work out and accessibility is concerned.

I loved this trail! Bagged my first peak! This trail is best to do in early morning when it’s cool outside. It is hard but it is worth it! On switch back 5 or 6 there is a nice resting bench on the left side of the mountain. I recommend tying your boots pretty tight so your foot doesn’t move around to much. I got blisters on the sides of my feet. Take at least 3 liters of water if you plan to do the full hike to the top and some smart snack. Make sure you have the proper hiking shoes for this! trekking poles are recommended! There is lots of shade on this trail. 42 switch backs total it’s ALL switchbacks! You can do it! One of the most beautiful hikes I’ve done.

Wow! Those views! This trail took me 5.5 hours. It was hard but totally doable. I just took my time. Lots of shade. I highly recommend!

Our favorite peak thus far in the 6 pack challenge. Not as difficult as we thought it would be - up and back 7 hours - including 2 hours at the top. The peak area was amazing -- so many beautiful, peaceful spots to explore. Shout out to our new friend - please join us for more hikes!

It was challenging on the way up, especially with all my camera gear but the views are well worth it.

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.

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Completed Mount Baden Powell Trail. Hiked 8.9 miles in 5 1/2hrs at an elevation of 9,363ft and a grade of 43%. Open your heart to possibilities. I feel so alive..!!

This hike is dedicated to all the people that showed me kindness, compassion, and understanding after all these years. The air is the mind, the fire is the soul, the water is the emotion, and the Earth is the body. Allow the chakra energy to flow through your body to find #balance, #harmony, and #serenity. Make your dreams become a reality.

Fun hike! Bring 3L of water. Food and take trash out with you. Great for building and maintaining durability. Altitude breathing. Not for beginners!

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.

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