Mount Baden-Powell Hike
|In This Guide|
|Distance||8.3 miles (13.4 km)|
|Time||4:30 Hours (Total Time)|
|Total Climbing||2,620 feet (799m)|
|Highest Elevation||9,399 feet (2865m)|
|Dog Friendly||Off Leash Okay|
|Park Name||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 what I bring:
- Good hiking boots
- Trekking poles
- Daypack with 3L of water
- Extra Layers
- Emergency gear to spend the night
- An emergency beacon
If you want hiking gear recommendations, check out my full gear list. I only recommend and review gear that I actually use. No company pays me to push their product. Everything on my gear list is battle tested on the trails, and should work well for you too.
See The Gear I Use
Mount Baden-Powell Trail Maps
I highly recommend bringing some form of paper map with you, and then using it in conjunction with a GPS device. You can see the navigation gear that I use here (I’m currently using the Fenix 5x and love it). Just download the GPX file below and load it onto your GPS.
Many people also print out this web page for the turn-by-turn images. And if you really want to get tricky, YouTube Premium lets you download videos for offline use, so you can download the hike video and save it.
Download the Hike GPX File
View a Printable PDF Hike Map
Mount Baden-Powell Hike Directions
Want to see this in 360/VR? I have a version of this video where you can pan around in 360 degrees and see every angle of every trail junction, etc. - check it out here on YouTube
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Step By Step Directions
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