Dawson Saddle to Mount Baden-Powell
ElevationAscent: 2,152' 656 m
Descent: -2,151' -656 m
High: 9,345' 2,848 m
Low: 7,918' 2,413 m
GradeAvg Grade: 9% (5°)
Max Grade: 33% (18°)
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“Dawson Saddle to Mount Baden-Powell is a hike made of pure beautiful.”— Tyrel Duckett
Family Friendly It is a nice, very beautiful trail. There is nothing terribly difficult as long as you children can handle the distance and some incline.
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 hiking 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.
Land Manager: USFS - Angeles National Forest Office