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Gabrielino Trail (NRT) 11W14

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Length

27.5 Miles 44.2 Kilometers

86%

Runnable

Elevation

5,319' 1,621 m

Ascent

-4,688' -1,429 m

Descent

7%

Avg Grade (4°)

77%

Max Grade (37°)

4,628' 1,411 m

High

1,155' 352 m

Low

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A long, wooded trail following streams. Accessed from a number of trailheads.

Justin Jasper

Overview

Gabrielino Trail is closed north of Ken Burton Trail and south of Bear Canyon Trail 12W08.
Features: Birding — Fall Colors — River/Creek — Views — Waterfall — Wildflowers — Wildlife
Dogs: Leashed

Need to Know

Parking area at Switzer Day Use Area, Red Box and Chantry Flats fill up early on weekends and require an Adventure Pass.

Runner Notes

Some rough sections from West Fork to Santa Anita Canyon.

Description

From near JPL (on Windsor Ave.), 1.25 miles of paved trail leads to another ~3 miles of nice dirt single and doubletrack following the Arroyo Secco, with only a modest vertical gain. It climbs up and around a debris filled dam and continues to follow the stream to the junction with the Ken Burton Trail, about 5 miles. The trail is currently closed beyond this point.

The trail can be accessed again at Switzer Day Use Area. Going west downstream, the trail follows an old road through a shaded canyon for 1 mile then briefly ascends and contours on singletrack around Switzer Falls. It comes to a junction with the Bear Canyon Trail 12W08 which drops down into the canyon. The trail is closed past this point but is being restored (2018).

Heading east parallels Hwy. 2 to Red Box. This section goes upstream then begins a series of switchbacks through open chaparral to Red Box. It can be used as a connector loop around Strawberry Peak.

East from Red Box, the trail follows the West Fork of the San Gabriel River through shaded, mostly downhill terrain to Valley Forge Campground then contours and drops to West Fork Trail Camp in 5 miles. The Valley Forge Trail #12W09 and Kenyon DeVore Trail #11W13 both connect with the trail and go south towards Mt. Wilson. It is possible to loop back on the other side of the river along a fire road.

From West Fork Camp, the trail follows the river down a very pleasant mile to Devore Trail Camp then climbs through a mostly shaded forest to Newcomb Pass where there is a junction with the Rim Trail #11W28. It then descends into Santa Anita Canyon and in 3 miles there is a junction with the Sturtevant Trail which goes upstream. It continues down passing through Spruce Grove Trail Camp and Cascade Picnic Area. There is a fork with the the Sturtevant Loop Trail going straight and this trail going left down and crossing the stream. It passes a rocky section with narrow tread above Sturtevant Falls and rejoins with the Sturtevant Loop Trail at Fern Lodge. The upper trail is safer and better for stock while the lower trail has nice views of the waterfall but is narrow and rocky in places. From there it heads downstream through a shaded canyon to Roberts Camp. Forest Route 2N40, a paved road, can be taken up to Chantry Flat which is officially the other terminus of this trail.

Flora & Fauna

Alder, bay, sycamore, maple, oak, bigcone spruce shade much of the trail. Open chaparral of scrub oak, ceanothus, laurel sumac, buckwheat are common on the exposed sections. Deer are often seen but bears are usually shy. Watch for rattlesnakes and avoid the prolific poison oak.

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