Mount Baden-Powell Hike
|In This Guide|
|Distance||8.3 miles (13.4 km)|
|Hike Time||4:30 Hours (Total)|
|Total Ascent (?)||2,800 feet (853m)|
|Highest Elevation||9,399 feet (2865m)|
|Fees & Permits||Parking Fee|
|Dog Friendly||Off Leash Okay|
|Park Contact||Angeles National Forest|
The Mount Baden-Powell hike packs a lot into a relatively short distance. On your way to the summit of Mt Baden-Powell (9,399 feet), you’ll experience the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) where you can channel your inner Reese Witherspoon, 40 hardcore switchbacks, a monument for Mt Baden-Powell’s namesake, Lord Baden-Powell, they guy who founded the Boy Scouts, a barren saddle with jaw-dropping views, and a 1500-year old limber pine. And at the summit you’ll enjoy sweeping panoramic views of the San Gabriel Mountains. So you got all that going for you if you do the hike. It’s tough but very doable, I highly recommend it.
Getting to the Mount Baden-Powell Trailhead
Use this trailhead address: Vincent Gap, CA, 93563, USA.
In the winter, the roads can be closed because of snow. Likewise, in the winter this hike requires winter hiking experience. Call the park office to check on conditions before you make the trip.
You need a parking pass for the trailhead lot. I use the affordable National Parks Pass, which gets me in every park, monument, and national forest. You can also use an (Southern California only) Adventure Pass, or buy a $5 day permit from the ranger’s office.
Gear For the Hike
This is a backcountry hike and you need to be well prepared with layers, water, and food. The summit is in an alpine zone and is exposed. Check the summit weather and call the ranger office to check conditions before you leave. Don’t do this hike in the winter unless you have mountaineering experience.
I’ve seen people do this with hike wearing sneakers and holding a bluetooth speaker, but I don’t recommend it. Although popular, this is a “hike hike.”
Here’s the gear that I personally use, have tested, and recommend for this hike*.
My best lightweight pack for hikes between 3-10+ hours. I use mine with the 3L water bladder from Osprey.
You can text, SOS, and get weather in the backcountry where your cell phone doesn’t work. Literally a life-saver.
Modern materials mean you get the protection of a traditional hiking boot (waterproof, etc.) with feel of a sneaker.
If you’re not using poles yet, you should be. This model takes a beating, is light, and is super comfortable.
I use a light inner toe sock and then a top-quality outer sock to prevent blisters.
Probars are great: no preservatives, vegan, low-GI, compact, and tasty. Put good fuel in your body.
If you’re hiking in the backcountry it makes sense to have a decent emergency kit and some basic gear to spend the night in a pinch.Full HikingGuy Gear List
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