“This beautiful scenic bikeway makes for the perfect family trip. Turn around when you feel like it and coast back.”
— Rene Baquet
Cogswell Dam is no longer open to the public and the trail ends at a set of security gates.
This easy paved path is a great option for riders of all skill levels and those traveling as a family. Gentle grades, frequent shade, and access to the nearby water make this a locals favorite. You'll probably share the trail with plenty of them too, though traffic will lessen the closer riders get towards Cogswell Dam.
Family Friendly: A wide path with a low grade makes it an easy route for any ability.
Need to Know
A $5 Adventure Pass is needed for parking at the West Fork Trailhead area, which can be purchased at the San Gabriel Entrance Station as you leave Azusa, the AZ liquor store on Azusa Avenue, or the Stop & Go at Sierra Madre and Azusa Avenue.
This is an easy paved path that leads from Highway 39 to the gates of the Cogswell Dam. Prior to 9/11 it may have been possible to access the dam, but today you can only get as close as the gate.
Still, the path is quite pleasant as it travels through the shade of trees which occasionally pull back to reveal the sky, or the high walls and slopes as you get further into the ride.
Running water breaks the silence as it flows down the creek which runs alongside the path. From time to time, there are signs leading to platforms for fishermen and available to the folks with disabilities. Riders will also come across the relatively well groomed Glenn Campground.
Near the end of the path you'll come across the Pasadena Bait Club House with various outbuildings. It was established in 1890 and built about 1919. After that, there is a very steep climb where you pass the heliport to reach the end of the path at the security gates.