Last Saturday I hiked with my family from Dawson Saddle to Mt. Baden-Powell. This is the easiest way to get to Mt. Baden-Powell. Although the trail is about 3/4 of a mile longer than the trail leading up from Vincent Gap, it has over 600′ less gain. There are spectacular views and nice varieties of terrain along both the Dawson Saddle Trail and the Pacific Crest Trail leading to Mt. Baden-Powell. I’ve hiked these trails numerous times and the photos below are from a variety of hikes at different time during the year.
The 2.5 mile portion along the Pacific Crest Trail is among my favorite stretches of trail in the forest and definitely the easiest to reach among my favorites. In addition to the stellar views out to the desert looking north or towards the ocean looking south from over 8700′ in elevation; the views of the trail itself and it’s immediate surroundings are equally magnificent.
Hiking along the ridge, there is always a distant view out. However, there are also numerous places where the view in one direction is temporarily blocked by a protrusion standing out like a small building in the landscape.
At other times the trek is right on top of the ridge with unobstructed views right and left.
There are also many times where there is a long view down the ridge line.
The 1500 year old “Wally Waldron Tree” marks the trail leading to the summit.
At 9399′ in elevation, the views from Mt. Baden-Powell are exceptional. My favorite is the view toward Mt. Baldy.