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Dawson Saddle to Mount Baden-Powell

  4.9 ( 8 ) Favorite


9.1 mile 14.6 kilometer out and back
80% Runnable


Ascent: 2,123' 647 m
Descent: -2,122' -647 m
High: 9,340' 2,847 m
Low: 7,921' 2,414 m


Avg Grade: 9% (5°)
Max Grade: 33% (18°)


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Trail shared by Tyrel Duckett

Dawson Saddle to Mount Baden-Powell is a run made of pure beautiful.

Tyrel Duckett

Features Birding · Fall Colors · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife


This trail has low traffic, great views, and is nice and cool, even in the summer. Additionally, it's well-maintained and will provide you with a great feeling of accomplishment when you are standing at the top of Mount Baden-Powell.

Runner Notes

The trail is long and there is some altitude change with several steep pitches.


This trail takes you up Dawson Saddle Trail to the PCT and then up the Mount Baden-Powell Summit Trail. The trail itself is not difficult. It is pretty easy to follow, and there are no hazards to speak of. It is, however, long (around 8 1/2 miles), with an elevation change of around 1,800 feet. It starts at just under 8,000, so you'll start at high elevation.

The start of the trail is not obvious if you have never been before. It is on a bend on Highway 2. If you are coming from the East, it is even more difficult to see, so you'll have to keep your eyes open. Once you find it, you can park on the other side of the road in a turnout.

The trail itself is beautiful! It was built very well and has a shape that gives you tiny break as well. There will be a good amount of incline and when you think you need a break, it levels off. Then about the time you are doing good, it starts it's incline again. Then it repeats. The beginning is beautiful. You are surrounded by trees and nature. When you get to the PCT, you'll start running across the crests, and the views are amazing!!!! By the time you get to the summit trail, your legs are probably going to be feeling it. The elevation is high and the summit trail is steep. Once you get to the top, prepare to feel true accomplishment.

To get back, you just turn around and head back the way you came.

Flora & Fauna

You are surrounded by wildlife and nature.

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A beautiful, 2000+ year old limber pine; amazing!
Jun 13, 2016 near Wrightwood, CA
View from the PCT
Nov 10, 2015 near Wrightwood, CA
Dawson Saddle/PCT view
Nov 10, 2015 near Wrightwood, CA
When you reach the PCT, you'll find this sign.
Nov 11, 2015 near Wrightwood, CA
Mount Baden-Powell plaque
Nov 10, 2015 near Wrightwood, CA
The trail is moderately shaded, with a steady, but easy grade.
Jun 14, 2016 near Wrightwood, CA


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