Badenbaugh Trail is a very difficult 2 mile trail at an elevation of 6,600 feet. This trail climbs steeply through thick coniferous forest and ends at the Babbitt Peak Fire Lookout. Outstanding views of the eastern California and western Nevada panorama are usually visible. A few campsites with water are located near the trailhead, but water is scarce near the summit. Plants and wildlife are plentiful.
Directions from Loyalton: Travel south on County Road #4860 for approximately 8 miles. Turn left on County Road #5560 and travel 3 miles to the trailhead.
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Time of Day: Noon Length of Time: <1 hour Difficulty: Easy Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl Recommend to a Friend: Not Recommended Report: I found the trailhead at a wood fenced area - although the actual trailhead marking was gone. I found the 'Trail Not Maintained' sign on a tree about 0.5 mile after wandering up the drainage. I came back after 1 mile of following a semi two-track, semi trail, and misc xcountry. You should take a topo map of the area and a compass (if you know how to use it). I had my Colorado GPS which is great, but in colder temperatures, the batteries just don't last. You could figure it out without any map or other device, but if you get hurt, there are just no other folks on that trail and I saw no one on the road to the trailhead. This could be a great trail if maintained to some degree. Conditions: There are tree obstructions and little indication that you are on the trail at times. Water Availability: Water was available, but it was obviously a cattle grazing area and the water should be treated before use. Recommended Clothing: Layers, layers, layers! Chilly in the shade. Warm when ascending. Suggested Accessories: This is not a difficult hike but it is not a maintained trail and is more of an adventure. You can always just drive to the lookout - but what fun would that be.
A few campsites with water are located near the trailhead, but water is scarce near the summit.