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Gabrielino Trail (NRT)

 3.6 (9)

26.0 Miles 41.8 Kilometers


5,366' 1,636 m


-4,860' -1,481 m



Avg Grade (4°)


Max Grade (22°)

4,622' 1,409 m


1,288' 393 m



All Clear 50 days ago
Fallen Trees: Almost always trees down somewhere along this trail. History

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The Gabrielino Trail is nearly all singletrack that begins at JPL and ends at Chantry Flats.

Alex Johnson

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Thanks to the work of the CORBA and MWBA, with grant support from REI and SCE, the trail is open all the way through from JPL to Switzers as of August 24, 2018.


From the west entrance, parking is available at a lot on the corner of N Windsor Avenue and Ventura Street. From the lot, follow the trail north for a mile and a half, staying left at the fork with Fern Truck Trail and El Prieto. Continue climbing for another three miles until the trail is closed past Paul Little day use area.

From the east entrance, park at the Chantry Flat Rd. parking lot. Be aware this lot can fill up on weekends, but additional parking can be found a quarter-mile back down the road. From the lot, take the Santa Anita Canyon Ave (Forest Rte 2N40) north to the counter-clockwise start of the Gabrielino Trail (NRT). Given the current closures, riding the trail from this east entrance will cover roughly 18 of the 27 total miles. At the start, the trail climbs abruptly to Sturtevant Falls, continues north toward the Spruce Grove Campground, and culminates at Newcomb Pass beyond that. This section is still recovering from fires and has many stream crossings. From Newcomb Pass, enjoy the first thousand-foot descent to Devore Campground when a gradual climb begins again. This nearly 7-mile climb approaches Red Box Gap between San Gabriel Peak and Mt. Lawlor. A number of different trails can be accessed from this point.

Continuing west until the closure at the Comodore Campground, the trail descends for roughly five miles on fun, technical singletrack.


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Sep 2, 2018
Carson Blaker
Overnighter starting from REI Arcadia, camp at West Fork CG, then out the JPL end for the re-opening celebration. Epic! 37mi — 7h 00m
Aug 4, 2018
Kyle Chin
Oct 14, 2017
Daniel Steiner
Sep 4, 2017
Carson Blaker
Clear Creek to Arcadia REI on Gabrielino NRT. Few trees down bet. Redbox & West Fork, otherwise SO SO GOOD. 26mi — 3h 45m
Jul 4, 2017
Carter Chappell
Gabrielino is in serious need of trail work from redbox all the way down into Sturtevant camp Take Rincon down to the last time it intersects instead 58mi
May 12, 2017
Lost Justpastnowhere
Apr 3, 2017
Alex Johnson
red box to Switzer. lots of downed trees on 2nd half.
Jan 29, 2017
Alex Johnson

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  3.6 from 9 votes


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  3.6 from 9 votes
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The whole trail is ridable! Requires bushwacking after Switzers until Oakwilde. Heading East from RedBox it is open and ridable however there are several downed trees. Climb out of Devore to Newcombes is tough to say the least. Newcomes to Chantry is awesome! Recomendation- Make 2 rides out of this trail, both starrting at RedBox. Ride 1 - Go west and end at JPL . Ride 2- Go east end at Chantry. Mar 7, 2016
Trail is very overgrown between Devore and West Fork. It is mostly bushwacking and navigating deadfall. I would recommend bypassing this section on the Rincon-Redbox Fire Road Aug 27, 2017

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