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San Gabriel Peak Trail #12W24

Intermediate

Trail

1.1 mile 1.7 kilometer point to point
56% Runnable
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 835' 254 m
Descent: 0' 0 m
High: 6,121' 1,866 m
Low: 5,286' 1,611 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 15% (9°)
Max Grade: 26% (15°)

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Trail shared by Alan Coles

A trail to a prominent peak with great views.

Alan Coles

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Dangerous when the trail is icy.

Description

The trail starts at Markham Saddle on Mt. Lowe Road #2N50 about 0.5 miles west of the parking area at Eaton Saddle. Look for the water tank on the north side of the road. The trail climbs a series of switchbacks then contours on the west side of this steep mountain passing through mostly shadeless chaparral of ceanothus, scrub oak and yucca. It reaches a saddle between San Gabriel Peak and Mt. Disappointment where there is a trail junction with some welcomed shade. The left fork leads shortly to the Mount Disappointment Road #2N57 which can be taken to the Bill Reilly Trail and down to Red Box. Keep right to reach the summit.

The trail climbs steeply up switchbacks on the west ridge passing through areas shaded by bigcone spruce and oaks on the north facing side. The summit has stunning views on a clear day and include most of the ranges in Southern California and the Channel Islands.

A good loop opportunity is to start from Red Box, go east down the Gabrielino Trail (NRT) 11W14, then up the Valley Forge Trail #12W09, cross the road and take the Mt. Lowe Road #2N50 to this trail and return on the Bill Reilly Trail back to Red Box.

Flora & Fauna

Mostly chaparral of ceanothus, scrub oak, manzanita, yucca. Some shade from bigcone spruce and oaks.

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Photos

Sunrise from the Bill Reilly Trail
Oct 23, 2018 near Altadena, CA
View from San Gabriel Peak
Dec 27, 2018 near Altadena, CA
Remnants of the Station Fire (2007)
Dec 27, 2018 near Altadena, CA
Running toward Mt. Disappointment
Aug 3, 2015 near Altadena, CA
View from San Gabriel peak
Aug 5, 2018 near Altadena, CA
Our group checks out the view and the geocache at the top of San Gabriel Peak.
Feb 6, 2017 near Altadena, CA

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