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14I

Mount Baden-Powell

9399'

Location: Los Angeles County, about 16 miles north of Glendora, 66 miles from Los Angeles

Maps

Auto ClubLos Angeles and Vicinity
Forest ServiceAngeles National Forest
USGS TopoCrystal Lake 7½
Official HPS Maps TPO file - Save to your computer then open with National Geographic TOPO!
 Viewable PDF file - Approximately 2.9 megs
 GPX file or Google Earth KML file to download to GPS units and other map software (How to use GPX and KML files)
 Routes as shown on CalTopo using the above files (How to use CalTopo)

Nearby Peaks: Ross Mountain, Mount Burnham

Printable version of this route

ROUTE 1

(USFS Adventure Pass may be required)
Distance: 8 miles round trip on trail
Gain: 2800'
Time: 4-5 hours round trip
Rating: Class 1, moderate

Original: Fred Hoeptner and Paul A. Lipsohn, February 1968

DRIVING ROUTE 1

  • From the intersection of I-210 and Angeles Crest Highway, drive north on Angeles Crest Highway for about 51 miles to a large parking area on the right side of the road at Vincent Gap. Park here.

HIKING ROUTE 1

  • The Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) starts at the west end of the parking lot. From the parking lot (6593'), hike up the trail through many switchbacks to a junction where the PCT goes to the right.
  • Keep left and follow the trail a short distance up to the summit.

Printable version of this route

ROUTE 2

From Mount Burnham
(USFS Adventure Pass may be required)
Distance: 2 miles one way
Gain: 800'
Time: 1 hour one way
Rating: Class 1

DRIVING ROUTE 2

HIKING ROUTE 2

  • See the Mount Burnham guide.
  • From Mount Burnham, descend east to the PCT.
  • Go east on the PCT to the junction just below the summit of Baden-Powell.
  • Go right and follow the trail up to the summit.

Printable version of this route

ROUTE 3

(USFS Adventure Pass may be required)
Distance: 7.5 miles round trip on trail and steep cross-country
Gain: 2800'
Time: 5-6 hours round trip
Rating: Class 1, very strenuous
Navigation: Moderate

Original: Jim Hagar, Bill Simpson, June 2013

DRIVING ROUTE 3

  • From the intersection of I-210 and Angeles Crest Highway, drive north on Angeles Crest Highway for about 51 miles to a large parking area on the right side of the road at Vincent Gap. Park here.

HIKING ROUTE 3

  • From the parking lot (6593'), go through the gate and east up the road toward the Big Horn Mine.
  • After 1.6 miles (before reaching the fence marking the mine property), ascend the east ridge on a use trail.
  • Climb a steep ridge for 1.4 miles with 2400' of gain to meet the main ridge and the PCT 200' below the summit. Follow the top of the ridge wherever possible in order to avoid steep loose dirt on the exposed north side.
  • Return via the PCT back to the parking lot. Descending by the ridge is not advised.

NATURAL HISTORICAL NOTES

Just before reaching the summit you hike through an old limber pine forest.

HISTORICAL NOTES

The peak is named after the founder of the Boy Scout movement. The summit marker was placed May 30, 1931. On the side of the mountain is the Big Horn Mine. Currently active again, it is the largest mining operation in the San Gabriel Mountains.

History of Summit Signature

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