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Best trails in San Gabriel Wilderness

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Looking for a great trail in San Gabriel Wilderness, California? AllTrails has 16 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 7 moderate trails in San Gabriel Wilderness ranging from 1.1 to 18.4 miles and from 3,274 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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Map of trails in San Gabriel Wilderness
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Top trails (16)
#1 - Switzer Falls and Bear Canyon Camp via Gabrelino Trail
San Gabriel Wilderness
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Length: 8.5 mi • Est. 4 h 28 m
Note: As of August 2020, the lower lot is closed due to COVID-19 measures however the upper lot is open. This is a beautiful hike - it starts off paved and calm with a nice little stream running through it, but soon switches to an off the beaten path adventure. Nice stream crossings as you journey along the bottom to Bear Canyon campground. If you just want to see Switzer Falls, turn left at the bottom of the trail. Beautiful scenery, some rigorous crossings, and at times some irritating bugs. Bring water, lots of it, and a little snack to enjoy at the picnic benches that seem to appear out of nowhere at the campground. Remember you need an adventure pass to access this trail.Show more
#2 - Cooper Canyon via Cloudburst Summit
San Gabriel Wilderness
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Length: 7.3 mi • Est. 4 h 10 m
#3 - Three Points to Mt Waterman
San Gabriel Wilderness
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Length: 14.5 mi • Est. 7 h 3 m
The trail has pleasant variations in grade that make it neither too challenging nor too easy. It is about 50/50 shaded and exposed. The beginning has some overgrown thorny bushes (I think chaparral whitethorn?) but it's not so bad that you lose the trail; just wear long pants and you'll be fine. Seasonally, there are streams you can use to pump water, but you should not rely on them in the heat of summer. If you prefer a quiet trail and don't want to fight for parking at Buckhorn, this is a better approach to Waterman, assuming you can handle the extra distance.Show more
#4 - Kratka Ridge
San Gabriel Wilderness
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Length: 1.7 mi • Est. 1 h 9 m
#5 - Switzer Falls via Gabrielino Trail [CLOSED]
San Gabriel Wilderness
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Length: 3.6 mi • Est. 1 h 28 m
Note: As of September 12, 2020 this trail is currently CLOSED due to Wildfires. Please refer to the park page for updates. This is a relatively easy hike into one of the loveliest sections of the San Gabriel mountains. The hike meanders back and across the stream running down the spectacular Arroyo Seco Canyon. The stream is lined with oaks and alder, with the water cascading over granite into mirror-like pools. The hike travels high above the 50 foot high Switzer falls, then drops back to the stream, where hikers can double back to stand at the base of the falls. After seeing the falls, travel down stream to the intersection with Bear Canyon, and travel up this spectacularly wild, steep walled canyon for another half mile or so to enjoy its wonders. More adventuresome hikes can continue up Bear Canyon for 2 miles to Bear Camp.Show more
#6 - West Fork to Bear Canyon Trail
San Gabriel Wilderness
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Length: 10.2 mi • Est. 6 h 5 m
#7 - Mount Waterman and Twin Peaks Trail Loop
San Gabriel Wilderness
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Length: 10.5 mi • Est. 6 h 49 m
#8 - Upper Bear Creek
San Gabriel Wilderness
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Length: 18.4 mi • Est. 10 h 5 m
From the trailhead to Upper Bear Creek Trail Camp. The trail camp is virtually non-exist.Show more
#9 - Mt. Waterman via Upper West Ridge
San Gabriel Wilderness
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Length: 7.7 mi • Est. 4 h 43 m
Please note: off line map is recommended to get oriented as several users have reported that there may be poor cell reception in this area. Show more
#10 - Gabrieleno Trail: Switzer Falls to Hahamonga Watershed
San Gabriel Wilderness
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Length: 10.1 mi • Est. 4 h 24 m
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