“A good connecting trail for making loop runs in the Mt. Wilson area.”
— Alan Coles
This trail starts at Eaton Saddle along the Mt. Wilson-Red Box Road and descends on a former road now singletrack trail through both burned (the 2009 Station Fire) and unburned sections of forest. After one mile the trail makes a big turn southwest and passes through a shady section of oaks and bigcone spruce then emerges into open chaparral of chamise, ceanothus and manzanita. Further down it enters a shady oak forest on a north facing slope with switchbacks ending at the Gabrielino Trail (NRT) 11W14
. Valley Forge Campground can be reached by continuing down (west) on the Gabrielino Trail and taking the spur trail on the right.
The Valley Forge Trail is a great option for doing various loop runs on the north side of Mt. Wilson. A popular route is to start at Eaton Saddle then take the Gabrielino Trail (NRT) 11W14
back to Red Box using a short car shuttle.
Flora & Fauna
Oaks, bigcone spruce with chaparral of chamise, ceanothus, manzanita. Beware of poison oak.