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Gabrielino Trail (NRT)

Intermediate/Difficult
 3.6 (14)

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


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Map Key

26.0

Miles

41.8

KM

Singletrack

4,622' 1,409 m

High

1,288' 393 m

Low

5,366' 1,636 m

Up

4,860' 1,481 m

Down

7%

Avg Grade (4°)

40%

Max Grade (22°)

Dogs Unknown

E-Bikes Not Allowed

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.

Description

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 paved trail north for a mile and a half, staying left at the fork with Fern Truck Trail and El Prieto. Continue along the canyon floor, past Gould Mesa Campground and Nino Picnic Area, to the Paul Little Picnic Area sign where the trail splits. Straight ahead, the trail detours to a dead-end at the base of the USFS 1938 debris dam. To the right, the Gabrielino continues steeply up the canyon wall and over the dam.

Above the dam, the trail can get lost in the ever-changing creek bed, but following the tire tracks should keep you on course. Eventually, the trail climbs out of the canyon floor to meet the bottom of the Ken Burton Trail. The section between here and Commodore Camp/Switzer's Falls/Bear Canyon Tr. has been closed for almost 10 years, but was recently restored to service by MWBA, CORBA, USFS, and several other volunteer organizations. Though it continues to follow the bottom of the Arroyo Seco and then Long Canyon for several miles, the bench-cut trail is often narrow, height-exposed, and very remote.

After climbing out of Long Canyon, you'll enjoy some of the most spectacular views of the San Gabriels front range as you approach the Bear Canyon Tr. (Switzer Falls) junction. Stay on the Gabrielino (straight) as it drops down to Commodore Camp then climbs to Switzer Picnic area & eventually Red Box Gap.

Riding from either direction has positives and negatives, tough climbs and bomb downhills; but whichever way you choose, potable water can be scarce, so plan accordingly.

Contacts

Shared By:

Alex Johnson with improvements by Alex Fore and 3 others

Trail Ratings

  3.6 from 14 votes

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#514

in California

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Photos

Steve Messer from CORBA removes the closed sign at Bear Canyon Junction on August 24, 2018. The trail is now open all the way through from Chantry to JPL, thank to CORBA, Mount Wilson Bicycling Association, REI and SCE.
Aug 26, 2018 near Altadena, CA
Steve Messer and John Nobil on the newly re-opened Gabrielino Trail
Dec 29, 2018 near La Caña…, CA
End of the trail.
Jan 28, 2016 near Sierra…, CA
Lots of stream crossings on the way up Gabrielino Trail.  It's a challenge not to fall in at least once!
Jan 11, 2015 near La Caña…, CA
Morning light at Devore Trail Camp on the Gabrielino NRT
Aug 29, 2018 near Sierra…, CA
Lush ferns and young, post-fire growth disguise the narrow bench and steep exposure in the Long Canyon section of the Gabrielino
Apr 23, 2019 near La Caña…, CA

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Feb 1, 2021
Alex Johnson
Sep 7, 2020
Jason Shafer
I did half of this from JPL to Mt. Wilson / Mt. Disappointment intersection. Super fun & rideable, couple fallen trees & land slide areas. 32mi — 6h 00m
Sep 7, 2020
Mohammad Farhangzare
Nov 28, 2019
Moco Mono
East to west from chantry to red box was grueling with lots of hike a bike because of loose sections with fallen leaves. Lots of fallen trees. 16mi
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