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Los Angeles Hikes

Mt Baden-Powell Hike

  • 8 miles - Hard Effort
  • 4-5 Hous (Total)
  • Can Get Very Busy
  • 2,800 Total Feet of Climbing
  • Max Elevation of 9,399 feet
  • Leashed Dogs Allowed

Hiking Mount Baden-Powell gives you a spectacular taste of the Angeles National Forest's high peaks without that much effort. You have to climb up the PCT, but the hike's shorter distance and steady gradient make it more of a challenging workout than a backcountry expedition. Baden-Powell is one of the classic hikes in the San Gabriels that you must add to your peak-bagging bucket list.

In this Guide:
  • Turn by Turn Hike Directions & Video
  • Mt Baden-Powell Trail Maps
  • How to Get to the Mt Baden-Powell Hike

Getting to the Mount Baden-Powell Trailhead

Mount Baden Powell Trailhead Location
The hike starts at Vincent Gap, deep in the heart of the Angeles National Forest. It's along Angeles Crest Highway, which can close in or after bad weather, so check the CalTrans website (search for route 2) before you go.

Use this trailhead address:
Vincent Gap Trailhead, Azusa, CA 91702

You need a parking pass for the trailhead lot. I use the affordable America the Beautiful Pass, which gets me in every National Park, National Monument, National Forest, or any Federal land. You can also use an (Southern California only) Adventure Pass, or buy a $5 day permit from the ranger’s office.

PARKING UPDATE: A third party is now charging $5 for trailhead parking and is not accepting parking passes. I'd bring a $5 bill with you just in case. You can see my video on the subject here. I'll keep you updated as things develop.

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There's a large parking lot but it fills up quickly on weekends.
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There are primitive toilets but no water fills at the trailhead.

Gear For the Hike

Baden Powell Hike Exposure
While the majority of the hike climbs up through the trees, the final stretch of the hike is completely exposed. Bring extra layers for the top, which will be cooler than the trailhead.

Gear That I Love Right Now

Nothing is sponsored or promoted, just the actual gear that I use.

Gear Inreach Mini 2
Garmin InReach Mini 2Hit SOS or just tell loved ones that you're running late where your cell phone has no service.  Review here.
Gear Topo Pursuit
Topo Pursuit 2The best hiking footwear I've ever owned. No blisters. Get them wet, they dry quickly. Lots of cushion and comfort.
Gear Epix Pro Up Ahead
Garmin Epix ProHiking maps, route info, and fitness stats on my wrist. Review here.
Hikelite 26 Gear
Osprey Hikelite 26Lightweight, carries all your gear, and your back doesn't get sweaty. Oh yea, it's also one of the most inexpensive packs you can get.

Check out the complete list here. ( Updated July 2024)

Mount Baden-Powell Trail Maps

Baden Powell Hike 3d Map
There's not a lot to navigating the hike, just follow the switchbacks uphill until you reach the summit. You'll have about 2800 feet of climbing in 4 miles.
Click Here To View

Use This Map:
View in CalTopo | PDF Map | GPX File

Worth Noting

Baden Powell Portrait
This is Robert Baden-Powell, 1st Baron Baden-Powell, the guy that the mountain was named after.

Mount Baden-Powell Hike Directions

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Start the hike by hiking uphill at the end of the parking lot, behind the trail board and toilets.
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Don't give to much heed to the distances on the trail signs, they're not all correct.
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You'll start climbing above the road.
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As you ascend the switchbacks, some sections are steep but some are gentle.
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The only thing that can be tricky is missing a switchback. If you are hiking and the trail fizzles out, you probably went straight when you should have made a sharp turn back.
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There are some benches to rest along the way.
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At about 1.7 miles you'll reach the Lamel Spring junction. If you need water, you can visit the spring, otherwise continue right and uphill.
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Now it's just a matter of putting in the work and hiking up the 37 switchbacks.
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At about 3.7 you'll break out of the switchbacks and tree line and emerge on the ridge. That's the summit of Mt Baden-Powell in front of you.
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When the trail splits and the PCT goes right, continue straight toward the summit.
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Just past the junction, the Wally Waldron tree is on your left. Please be respectful.
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It's a short stretch up to the summit once you pass the Wally Waldron tree.
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First you'll arrive at the Boy Scout memorial. The actual summit is a short ways past this.
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And here you are at the summit. Enjoy the views and return the same way that you came up.

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This Guide Was Written by Cris Hazzard

Cris Hazzard 4 Mile Trail Yosemite
Hi, I'm Cris Hazzard, aka Hiking Guy, a professional outdoors guide, hiking expert, and author based in Southern California. I created this website to share all the great hikes I do with everyone else out there. This site is different because it gives detailed directions that even the beginning hiker can follow. I also share what hiking gear works and doesn't so you don't waste money. I don't do sponsored or promoted content; I share only the gear recommendations, hikes, and tips that I would with my family and friends. If you like the website and YouTube channel, please support these free guides (I couldn't do it without folks like you!). You can stay up to date with my new guides by following me on YouTube, Instagram, or by subscribing to my monthly newsletter.