Red Box Trail to West Fork Trail Campground is a 5.3 mile lightly trafficked point-to-point trail located near Sierra Madre, California that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, and mountain biking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
Directions from Pasadena, CA: Travel Interstate 210 north, exit the Angeles Crest Highway (Hwy. 2) and drive 14 miles to Red Box Ranger Station. Park there and walk through the gate on the Redbox-Rincon Road (not paved). Hike in about 5 miles to campground.
A lot of fallen trees and easy to lose the trail once you are down by the creek.
Too much bugs
Fairly easy, lots of firewood and water for filtration as of early 2015
Hiked the Gabrielino trail from the Red Box trail head to West Fork Trail Campground on Friday July 3rd, and returned early July 4th. There were not too many hikers either day on the trail, and I was the only one in the campground at night. The camp had 6 or 7 sites with picnic tables, fire pits, and there was one pit toilet. The campground is at the intersection of the Gabrielino trail and Silver Moccasin trail. There was still water in the small creek that runs by the camp. The trail does not see heavy use and there were parts that were very overgrown, sometimes with poison oak, so be careful. There were also numerous fallen trees that blocked the trail, and I had to climb over 3 and crawl on my hands and knees under one, it was pretty difficult with a full pack. There were tons of bugs, but that's what I get for coming out in July. If you are looking for seclusion, this seems like it would be a good trail for that. There are also a few other campsites within a few miles (Valley Forge, Devore) if this one is not suitable.