Looking for a great trail in San Gabriel Wilderness, California? AllTrails has 23 great hiking trails, trail running trails, views trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Ready for some activity? There are 10 moderate trails in San Gabriel Wilderness ranging from 1.1 to 18.4 miles and from 3,267 to 8,490 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

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hiking
snow
5 days ago

Snow covers all the trail. It is awesome.

hiking
muddy
scramble
snow
washed out
7 days ago

Now it’s full of water on the river. It’s more like bridge to nowhere. River crossing without getting wet is basically impossible. The waterfall is really beautiful and it won’t be easy to reach upper waterfall.

hiking
off trail
scramble
14 days ago

hiking
15 days ago

One of the most beautiful trails I have been too. Really pretty and very lonely around 9am on week days. The trails is mostly wooded with plenty of shade and a lot of open vista. Can see the water fall hiking down the trail... if you want to see a bigger water fall you need to climb up the first waterfall and walk a bit... it’s hidden but it’s there....their should be a rope on your right tide up to a tree to help you climb or go under the tree and theirs a trail behind it the will help you get up without climbing as much... to get to the other waterfall you just walk and climb over some fallen trees. Trust me it there. Worth the climbing.

hiking
no shade
18 days ago

Great training, nice steady incline but no shade. Not the most scenic trail, but still worthwhile.

Loved this little backpacking trip. I took a complete beginner, and he had a blast!

Great campground if you can make it all the way to bear CG. Lots of water in January, but I hear that is gone later in the year so plan accordingly.

Hike can have its steep parts, especially returning after the camp. River crossings, rock scrambling, and log walking to be expected. You can do it without getting your feet wet if careful, but bring extra shoes and socks just in case.

hiking
19 days ago

Started around 10 am, had to park far away and walk down the road. Very pretty, not difficult for a hiker, but moderate for a non-hiker. Great water flow after the rains, but WAY TOO CROWDED. Also, lots of annoying dogs. I like dogs, but not so much while I am hiking. In fact, there was a group of people who all had golden retrievers - like 20 of them - and they took over the falls while their dogs all swam and then got me and my buddy soaking wet, after we managed to stay dry the whole way in.

backpacking
19 days ago

I went to camp there, and it was a lovely experience. Will go again some time in the future. :)

I recommend this trail to someone who’s trying to get a quick way. away from the city and into nature and see some beautiful waterfalls. I got dropped off at the top and backpacked in and stayed for 5 days middle of summer. And the water from the Arroyo Seco creek was very nice to relax in and very resourceful. I found it fun how some of the rocks were slick like slides. and some you could slide down into a fresh pool of water.

One of my favorite hikes. I go around 7am on a weekday and usually only see a few people on the way back after having the falls to myself. Read the reviews about the navigation and you will be fine. Great mix of forest, mountains, water...it has everything you could want for a short hike.

hiking
26 days ago

Went with Laura Leyda

The trail was awesome but a little crowded. Lots of dogs too but all were behaved. Water is flowing nicely after all the rain we just had. You will need to park in the upper parking lot and hike down. The trails are maintained well and was very nice. I’ll go back again soon.

Super beginner friendly! I’d rate this as more of a moderate hike. Easy to follow fire trail and moderate incline. Nice view of LA. Great training hike!

We have always loved this hike. Great from kids and pets

hiking
muddy
rocky
26 days ago

Heavy traffic! Long hike down hill. Nice view , lots of water in the creek. You need hiking stick especially crossing the creek back and forth..

hiking
muddy
rocky
scramble
27 days ago

First time and loved it! The first half is fun scrambling over creeks and rock formations, while the second half is where you need to save your energy for some wicked switchbacks. Would recommend to any mid-level hiker!

Went after a week of rain so the water levels were very high! Definitely recommend poles for all the river crossings. The trail was less well maintained on the way to Bear Canyon campsite and the high water levels made some areas pretty difficult to navigate but made for a very fun hike!

One of my favorites!! Beautiful area ✌️

Love this hike!! Beautiful views of the mountains & lots of shade on the lower canyons. If u go in the fall the colors are amazing ❤️

Beautiful.. now one of my favorite hikes! Great variety of views and inclines. Love the stream passing through and the views at the top right before you head down to the falls. We started early to avoid crowds and boy it was worth it, we had the falls to ourselves for a good 20-25 min!Took about 2.5 round trip. Highly recommend this hike!

hiking
1 month ago

Only went 3 miles in to the saddle at Smith Mtn. 1st mile is a bit steep & hovers over the road. Keep going. It's worth it. Lots of birds, a skunk, and few people. Have gone the other direction from West Fork as well. Love it!

One of my favorite trails in LA. Has a mix of everything green canopy with shade in areas, stream crossing, some include to pretty views with more a more arid climate and then ends at a small waterfall.

Great hike for a bit of solitude and beautiful 360 degree views from the top. I was able to see Catalina Island and Channel islands today. The distance is closer to 8 miles and 2500' elevation gain measured from the fire road gate. Good training road for a new trail runner as well.

Did this hike over two days, the descent down to the river can be tricky, especially with a big pack, as much of the trail is washed out. Didn’t see anyone else for the duration. Saw some bear tracks. Over all good hike.

Great views! Mostly in the open. Few trees.

Only did 7.3 miles total, including the mile from West Fork parking along Cogswell Dam/Devil's Canyon Truck Trail. Really glad I looked at the elevation profile & realized there's a few miles before the hard part. 18 river crossings along the way. A few different microbiomes. Great campground area & other places to stop for a snack, a rest, or just to take in the view. One of our favorites.

Nice and easy with some really good views. Parking is kinda limited, so thankfully it wasn't too crowded on this Thursday morning in December. Trail was easy enough to follow. Lots of unleashed dogs. It's fun to think about what this place looked like in its heyday (https://www.kcet.org/shows/departures/peering-into-the-chasm-vanished-canyon-resorts-of-la)

Started this one around 8am on a brisk December morning. Not as packed as we thought it would be. Nice & easy most of the way, but you'll get a nice little workout scrambling back up the little bit of elevation that you have to take to get to the falls. Nice bit of water flowing a few weeks to a month or so after heavy rains. Didn't start to get more crowded until we were on our way back out. Lots of unleashed dogs.

If I were just rating the views, I'd give his trail 5 stars. The view from the top is stellar! The hike itself was scenic also, with several small deep canyon waterfalls, cascades, and shifting views of the L.A. basin and the ocean as you ascend the mountain. It misses 5 stars because I know I happened to take this hike on the perfect day. On most days in the San Gabriels, there would be no water flowing in this canyon, and the sun exposure once you leave the canyon would be unbearable.

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