Pets allowed
Allowed with Restrictions
Elevation Gain
5,562.00 ft (1,695.30 m)
Trail type
There-and-back
Distance
15.80 mi (25.43 km)
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Mount Baden Powell via Islip Saddle follows a 15.8-mile singletrack trail to the summit of Mount Baden Powell. This challenging route includes sweet-smelling pine trees, expansive views, and multiple opportunities for peak bagging. On weekends, the route to Mount Baden-Powell can get busy, but it is still possible to find peaceful solitude during the week. This area is popular for trail running, peak bagging, hiking, and backpacking. 

Located in the Angeles National Forest, Mount Baden-Powell rises to a height of 9,407 feet, making it one of the highest peaks in the San Gabriel Mountain Range. Starting from the Islip Saddle parking area, the trail follows the well-marked and well-maintained Pacific Crest Trail (PCT). During the trail's ascent to the summit, the terrain alternates between short steep sections and relatively well-graded sections.

Water is available year-round at Little Jimmy Spring, located about two miles from Islip Saddle (all water must be treated prior to use). 

It is open year-round, however, a heavy snow year may cause the trail to remain covered in snow well into the spring.

MOUNT BADEN POWELL FACTS

MILEAGE WAYPOINTS

0 - Islip Saddle

2.09 - Little Jimmy Campground

2.29 - Little Jimmy Spring

2.43 - Windy Gap Trail Junction

4.30 - Mount Hawkins Trail Junction

4.9 - Throop Peak Trail Junction

6.3 - Mount Burnham Trail Junction

8.0 - Top of Mount Baden Powell

TRAILHEAD AMENITIES

The Islip Saddle Day Use Area features a moderately sized parking area with picnic tables and bathrooms.

PARKING PERMITS AND PASSES

An Adventure Pass is required for parking at Islip Saddle. Information can be found by visiting: https://www.fs.usda.gov/main/sbnf/passes-permits/recreation

CURRENT WEATHER CONDITIONS: https://www.mountain-forecast.com/peaks/Mount-Baden-Powell/forecasts/2867

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Spring
Summer
Fall

Congestion

Moderate

Parking Pass

Adventure Pass required

Open Year-round

Yes

Pros

Singletrack Trail. Fresh Spring Water. Aromatic Pine Forest.

Cons

Can get crowded on the weekends.

Trailhead Elevation

6,600.00 ft (2,011.68 m)

Highest point

9,407.00 ft (2,867.25 m)

Features

Backcountry camping
Wildlife
Big vistas
Wildflowers

Typically multi-day

No

Permit required

No

Location

Nearby Lodging + Camping

San Gabriel + San Bernardino Mountains, California
Crystal Lake Recreation Area, San Gabriel Mountains
Angeles National Forest, San Gabriel Mountains

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