Mount Baden-Powell

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Mount Baden-Powell
Mount Baden-Powell as seen from Blue Ridge
Elevation 9,407 ft (2,867 m) NAVD 88[1]
Prominence 2,799 ft (853 m)[2]
Parent peak Pine Mountain[3]
Listing Hundred Peaks Section[4]
Location Los Angeles County, California, U.S.
Range San Gabriel Mountains
Coordinates 34°21′30″N 117°45′53″W / 34.358441036°N 117.764615353°W / 34.358441036; -117.764615353Coordinates: 34°21′30″N 117°45′53″W / 34.358441036°N 117.764615353°W / 34.358441036; -117.764615353[1]
Topo map USGS Crystal Lake
First ascent 1933 by Weldon Heald.
Easiest route Hike

Mount Baden-Powell is a peak in the San Gabriel Mountains of California named for the founder of the World Scouting Movement, Lord Baden-Powell. It was officially recognized by the USGS at a dedication ceremony in 1931.[5] It was originally known as East Twin or North Baldy.[6]

At 9,407 feet (2,867 m) in elevation, Mount Baden-Powell is the 4th highest peak of the San Gabriel Range, Mount San Antonio or "Old Baldy" being the highest at 10,064 feet (3,068 m). The summit has long been a favorite hiking excursion either from the Mount Islip Saddle near Little Jimmy Trail Camp, or the Vincent Gap Trail which leads up a moderate to strenuous set of switchbacks from Wrightwood. Mount Baden-Powell is also the high point along the The Silver Moccasin Trail, a historic 53-mile (85 km) Boy Scout hiking trail, connects this summit to Mount Burnham (less than 1 mile (1.6 km) away), Throop Peak and Mount Hawkins.

The Vincent Gap hike leads through a variety of forested areas consisting of Jeffrey Pine, Ponderosa Pine, Lodgepole Pine, Incense-cedar, and an ancient forest of Limber Pine some of which are more than 2,000 years old.

In 1957 several Southern California councils of the Boy Scouts of America placed a formal marker at the summit with a plaque dedicated to Lord Baden-Powell.

Trail connecting Mt. Burnham to Mt. Baden-Powell

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  1. ^ a b "Mt. Baden Powell". NGS data sheet. U.S. National Geodetic Survey. Retrieved 2008-12-03. 
  2. ^ "Mount Baden-Powell, California". Retrieved 2008-12-03. 
  3. ^ "Mount Baden-Powell". Retrieved 2012-04-01. 
  4. ^ "Mount Baden-Powell". Hundred Peaks Section, Angeles Chapter, Sierra Club. 
  5. ^ Burnham, Frederick; Everett, Mary Nixon (1944). Taking Chances. Haynes Corporation. xxv–xxix. OCLC 2785490. 
  6. ^ "Summit Signatures, Mount Baden-Powell". Hundred Peaks Section, Angeles Chapter, Sierra Club. Retrieved 2013-12-22. 

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