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This 11.6-mile shuttle hike is moderately strenuous, but your effort is well rewarded with commanding views of the Los Angeles basin from atop Mount Baden-Powell. Begin at the Vincent Gap trailhead (6,585 ft.) and climb a steep 3.8 miles on the Pacific Crest Trail to the Mount Baden-Powell Spur at 9,245 feet. Passing through Jeffrey and sugar pines, follow the spur half a mile to the summit; spy the east fork of San Gabriel Canyon a mile below. For a side hike, take a marked spur trail to a small grove of rare limber pines. Upon your return to the PCT, continue 5.2 miles west along the ridge past Mount Burnham and Throop Peak before descending into Wendy Gap (7,588 ft.). It’s another 2.6 miles past Little Jimmy Campground to CA 2 just east of Islip Saddle.Info: For trail conditions, contact the Pacific Crest Trail Association: (916) 349-2109; www.pcta.org.Hike provided by George and Patricia Semb, authors of Day Hikes on the Pacific Crest Trail (Wilderness Press
Vincent Gap Trailhead
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