Trailhead: Dawson Saddle
Note: There are two trailheads from Dawson Saddle. They connect a short distance up the mountain and lead to the junction with the Pacific Crest Trail
Trail: Dawson Saddle to Mt. Baden-Powell
Stats: Dawson Saddle to Mt. Baden-Powell: 4.4 miles, 1866′ gain, 370′ loss. From Mt. Baden-Powell to Dawson Saddle: 4.4 miles, 370′ gain, 1866′ loss. Round trip: 8.8 miles, 2236′ gain and loss.
Last Hiked: 4-13-2014 (in snow)
Peaks: Mt. Baden-Powell
This hike has excellent views throughout. When asked what my favorite hike is in Angeles Forest, I tell people any trail that leads to Mt. Baldy after it gets above 7,000 feet. After that is the Pacific Crest Trail from Islip Saddle to Mt. Baden-Powell with my favorite segment being the trek from the JCT at Dawson Saddle to Mt. Baden-Powell which is a key component of this hike. The PCT portion of this trek essentially follows the ridge with views above 8500′ in elevation most of the way. Being high on a ridge, the view is unobstructed in both directions allowing you to view the desert or the ocean (on a clear day I’ve seen to Catalina Island).