An intense, yet unbelievably scenic hike consisting of a series of switchbacks leading uphill that showcase the stunning beauty of the San Gabriel Mountains all the way up to the summit at 9,406 feet above sea level.
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- Consider taking the 134 East to the CA 2 North in order to avoid any and all congestion that occurs downtown. Once you're on the CA 2 North, you'll merge onto 210 East / CA 2 and take the first exit directing towards the Angeles Crest Highway. After passing the Angeles Forest entrance, you'll pass the Mount Wilson Red Box Road and continue driving along CA 2 and you'll be passing Newcombs Ranch Restaurant and Bar (feel free to stop for a meal before or after your hike). After passing Newcombs Ranch, the parking lot and trailhead for Mount Baden-Powell will be another 23 miles up the road. The parking situation is incredibly easy with two parking lots available and a turnoff adjacent to the Mounta Baden-Powell/Big Horn Mine main parking lot. Be sure to check the weather prior to driving (e.g. winter months) because there's a slight possibility the road may be closed due to heavy snow fall.
- NOTE: You need a Southern California "Adventure Pass" to park. If you do not have one, you can purchase a pass for $5 at Newcombs Ranch Restaurant and Bar. If you're planning to hike in the Angeles Forest quite a bit, consider purchasing the annual pass for $30. Either works depending on the amount of activity you plan to do within the year.
- Begin the hike at the Mount Baden-Powell Trailhead across from Vincent Gap. On the west side of the parking lot there is a trail leading in two different directions. You'll want to take the one to the right leading up the Pacific Crest Trail toward Mount Baden-Powell. The trail to to the left leads to Big Horn Mine.
- From here on up, the trail is pretty straightforward. You'll continue uphill following a series of switchbacks with only two splits along the entire trail.
- When you reach the sign for Lamel Springs, you'll take a right continuing to ascend the mountain towards Mount Baden-Powell.
- Eventually, the longer set of switchbacks will become quite shorter and when this occurs you'll be approximately 0.8 miles from the summit.
- As you reach closer to the top, you'll be greeted with an incredible view overlooking Vincent Gulch and Big Horn Mine.
- Follow the ridge towards the historical “Wally” Waldron Tree, which is expected to be well over 1,500 years old.
- When you reach the “Wally” Waldron Tree, a split with the Pacific Crest Trail will occur. You'll want to stay on the trail leading uphill and the summit will be 0.1 miles ahead.
- Once you've made it to the top, take in the view and snap a few photos with the American flag and the monument built in honor of Lord Baden-Powell. Baden-Powell was the founder of the World Organization of the Scout Movement.
- To head back to your car, return down the same way you came up.
- Elevation at summit: 9,406 feet