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Garcia Trail to Azusa Peak [CLOSED] is a 2.7 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Azusa, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 2.7 mi Elevation gain 1,272 ft Route type Out & Back
Dogs on leash Hiking Mountain biking Nature trips Bird watching Running Views Wild flowers Wildlife Washed out Closed
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As of September 2020, trails in this area are closed due to wildfire. See park page for more information. Note: The Garcia is closed due to hazardous conditions. No trespassing. From the fire station, follow the path around the grass area adjacent to the station to begin the trail at the north end. The trail climbs steeply, staying primarily on or about the ascending/descending ridge. There's not much shade in route but the chaparral is thick and mature. At about three quarters of a mile the trail crosses over to the west slope and makes its final pitch to the top ridge. This is the section that can be seen clearly from the city below. At 1.2 miles you reach the ridge and the Glendora Ridge Motorway, a dirt service road closed to public vehicular traffic. Veer right (east), and take the informal path up the slope to Azusa Peak (2081'), about 0.2 more miles. Enjoy the views of Azusa, Glendora, and the San Gabriel Valley beyond. Return the way you came.

Park along the street in front of the houses.

From the I-210 Foothill Freeway, exit at Azusa Avenue. Go north on Azusa Avenue (toward the mountains) and drive 1.7 miles to Sierra Madre Avenue. Turn right (east), drive 1.1 mile to L.A. County Fire Station #97 - 18453 Sierra Madre Ave. Park on the north side of the street in front of the houses. Walk up the driveway of the fire station. Garcia Trail starts at the north end of the grass area. If you are coming from the east, the fire station is 0.5 mile from Barranca Ave.

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Humberto Alvarez
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amanda kemp
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how do we get it to reopen?

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Eduardo Ramos
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Hola espero y mi comentario lo vea algún representante de la ciudad o algún político la ciudad de Azusa nunca hizo nada por nosotros los recientes de Azusa y alrededores sólo dejaron hacer casas super caras y nunca se preocuparon por la gente que usábamos el García trail. fue uno de los majores lugares para hacer una buena caminata. después del incendio la ciudad nunca hizo nada por arreglar pero eso sí hicieron nueva estación de bomberos. A los políticos no le interesa la poca actividad física que podía uno ir hacer a ese lugar espero y no estar equivocado.

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Agnostic Rover
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Passable but needs repair. Sign at the trailhead says No Trespassing due to Hazardous Conditions. The rich and elite residents of Azusa and Glendora that occupy the million dollar homes near the trailhead don't want the common riffraff to have access to the trail. They are forcing the city to keep it closed and the repair it needs.

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David Beatty
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Too bad it’s closed. Good convenient little workout close to home.

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Shelby Valenzuela
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This is BS. Why is this permanently closed? This trail was so popular and I loved it.

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Alejandro Arencibia
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I've hiked it. it's not as damaged as they say it is. Washed put areas can be fixed. City has it permanently closed

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Chud G
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has anyone hiked this trail after it's been closed? how badly damaged is it?

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Steven Padilla
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love this trail and the view

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Mark Duran
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it's a great trail, but I doubt they're going to reopen it again.

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Dylan Bell
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As of July 2018, there are permanent-looking signs saying the trail is temporarily closed. :-(

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Jesse Quezada
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Hope they re open it Great hike!

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Roman Reyes
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Used to run this trail for the Azusa Boxing Club, too bad it’s closed and still closed it’s a killer run

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James VanGerpen
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miss this place. hope they re-open it soon.

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Paula Djaja
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Anyone knows when they are going to reopen it?

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CRol Poga
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It was really good hike, I wish they open again

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David Deleon
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Nice

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Radric Davis
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This hike was awesome and not too long. Too bad they closed it :/

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Joel Carpio
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It's not challenging only 2.8 miles

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Juan Cuevas
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Does anyone know if this trail will ever re-open?

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Eric Becker
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Since Garcia remains closed.....Just wanted to give a heads-up on anyone who might not be familiar since there's nothing posted about it. Looking at the map a logical alternative to Garcia would be to take the Glendora Ridge Motorway from the end of Hilltop Drive, or if someone is attempting an up-and-down, to take the Glendora Ridge Motorway down to Hilltop and then catch a ride back to a vehicle from there. However, this is not a viable route. The last half mile or so runs through an avocado grove and there is a locked gate with barbed wire on top at the end of Hilltop. Your options, once you hit Rancho Vasquez (the name of the property,) are to go back to the top of the Glendora Ridge at GMR or hike down the Colby Trail, or to risk a confrontation with attack dogs and have to find a fence to hop into someone's backyard to get out. I've never heard of a marked fire road with access to a city-owned property (water tower) not being publicy accessible until now, and I can understand the property owner wants to protect their crop, but regardless, this is not a useable route. If you do come off GMR or decide to hike the Colby to the ridge, Azusa Peak and the "A" on the hillside just past it is as far as you can go. Wish I had had this information in advance....now giving it to anyone else who might decide to attempt this hike. Given that the Garcia Trail is out, it might be nice if the Vasquez Family granted weekend access to the fire road for local hikers, although my understanding is the reason they've restricted access to the extent they have is because of a significant amount of avocado theft.

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Joseph Dominguez
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amazing! tough and challenging but rewarding. I still mourn it's passing. hopefully they'll restore it to its glory.

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Daniel Rodriguez
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Once discovered this trail I seriously fell in love. I will always miss this trail. Maybe someday they can reconstruct this trail and bring it back to the public. I wouldn't mind being a security guard for this trail due to the incident that occurred at Garcia trail. 1Luv

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Steffanie Cayeros
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In my opinion this trail should have definitely been rated as moderate the walk up is pretty difficult but then again I'm lit of shape such a shame that it's closed

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Juan Avila
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Intense but my favorite so far sad it's closed.

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Peter Abajian
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When are they ? Going to reopen Garcia trail??

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Jo Goodman
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Closed

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Jaime Nunez
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It may say "easy" but it's short climb is anything but that.

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john ramos
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This was a fun trail. Almost straight up a narrow, winding dirt/root trail. Great Cardio workout. It's such a shame that the fire took it out for awhile.

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