Mt. Baden-Powell from Vincent Gap
ElevationAscent: 2,743' 836 m
Descent: -2,742' -836 m
High: 9,356' 2,852 m
Low: 6,613' 2,016 m
GradeAvg Grade: 13% (7°)
Max Grade: 38% (21°)
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“A strenuous trail, with lots of switchbacks, leading to the 4th highest mountain in the San Gabriels”— Jason Ethridge
The trail starts off as hard as it is going to get and, once you get to the first switchback, it gets a bit easier (though it never gets easy). In all, there are about 35 switchbacks on your way to the top, and the grade remains fairly constant.
At the 1-mile mark (switchback #6) is a bench to take a little break, if you need it. At the 2-mile mark (switchback #14) there is a 1/4-mile spur trail to Lamel Spring. Around 3 1/2 miles, the switchbacks stop, and you cross a ridge with steep drop-offs on either side. The trail stays just under the spine of the ridge, but it can still be intimidating. Stop to admire the majestic Limber Pine tree that stands here; it is over 2,000 years old!
After you cross the ridge, it is a short spur, with a couple more switchbacks, to the summit. Enjoy the 360-degree views!
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Land Manager: USFS - Angeles National Forest Office