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Mount Baden-Powell via Pacific Crest Trail

24 reviews #8 hike out of 461 in
3.7 mi
Distance
1 hrs 29 min
Time
terrain
2,767 ft
Elev Gain

Overview

This is a moderately difficult one way trail to Mount Baden-Powell in San Gabriel Mountains National Monument.

This is great training hike with awesome views of the desert to the north and many peaks of the San Gabriel and San Bernardino ranges. It's one of the standard training hikes for folks in spring. In winter, the trail itself can be covered in snow and ice with a high danger of avalanches on the steep slopes, so care and proper gear and training are needed. In addition, the road is often closed at Big Horn Mine road outside Wrightwood or at Grassy Hollow.

The trail winds up switchbacks through the trees for 2 miles with intermittant views of desert to the north. As you reach the top, the views expand to the east and west showing the whole range of the San Gabriels, Mt. Baldy, and finally, San Jacinto, San Gorgonio, and the Santa Ana Mountains to the south. The last part climbs up the narrow ridge to the large flat peak and the Baden-Powell Monument. Enjoy your well-earned rest at the top before retracing your steps back to the parking lot. Not enough miles? You can add the Big Horn Mine to bring your total distance over 10 miles for the day.

Getting Started

Access in good weather is easy. Drive Hwy 2 from either direction to the Vincent Gap Saddle and parking lot. The trailhead for Baden-Powell is at one end of the parking lot next to the trail to the Big Horn Mine. In winter, Hwy 2 is often closed at Big Horn Road or Grassy Hollow. Some do the hike from the Grassy Hollow, which is much longer. See the Caltrans quickmaps for Hwy 2 status; see the LA County web sites for Big Horn Mine status.

There is an alternative starting point further west on 2 at the Dollar Saddle which is longer and harder and, perhaps, very much worth the effort.

Taking Children

This hike is moderately graded, but straight up the hill on switchbacks. So, the route is easy, but the elevation gain, not so much.



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    6 months ago
    Buggy, not my favorite. Because it’s literally switchbacks from the car to the top, the scenery doesn’t change much.
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    8 months ago
    I love this trail, ones you get to the top of the peak the view is one of the best.
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    2 years, 1 month ago
    Felt very long. Lots of switchbacks. Totally worth it to make it to the top though!
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Hey Mikey 3 years, 3 months ago
Track (6/29/19, 8:24:41AM)
Great prepper for Whitney, if for nothing else than all the switchbacks. And an endurance hike to boot. Start low and finish high with a consistent never ending incline. Trail affords some nice views, but the big payoff is the summit with views of All the big SoCal peaks. Wilson, Baldy, The 3 Ts, San Jacinto, and Gorgonio. Make time and end your day in Wrightwood at The Yodler for post hike food and grog. Fun day!
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Josey the Boxer 4 years, 1 month ago
Mt. Baden-Powell from Vincent Gap
It's a very steady climb, switchbacks all the way. There is a decent amount of shade along the trail, but there are some open stretches near the start and near the summit where it can get pretty toasty.
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Rob Luskey 3 years, 2 months ago
Mount Baden-Powell
One of the alternate peaks in the SoCal Six-Pack of Peaks Challenge. Get my detailed trail guide, helpful resources and loads more photos here: https://socalhiker.net/hiking-mt-baden-powell/
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SoCalHiker 8 years, 2 months ago
Mount Baden-Powell
One of the alternate peaks in the SoCal Six-Pack of Peaks Challenge. Get my detailed trail guide, helpful resources and loads more photos here: https://socalhiker.net/hiking-mt-baden-powell/
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dmfilgas 3 years, 3 months ago
Mount Baden Powell from Vincent Gulch Divide on PCT
Fantastic trail. Very steady grade, mostly shady. Great views at the top. It would make a challenging but manageable trail run. Trailhead is just a few minutes from Mountain High.
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grantrosander 9 years, 8 months ago
Mt. Baden-Powell Snowshoe
To view trip report visit: Lady on a Rock "Mount Baden Powell Snowshoe"
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carlyhorn 3 years, 2 months ago
Baden-Powell summit
Crowded trail
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