Old San Gabriel Canyon Road Trail

EASY 85 reviews

Old San Gabriel Canyon Road Trail is a 2.8 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Azusa, California that features a river and is good for all skill levels. 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.

Distance: 2.8 miles Elevation Gain: 206 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

road biking

walking

bird watching

running

forest

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

hiking
no shade
7 days ago

I went on this trail with my husband, 4 year old and 1 year old. We loved it and we’re definitely coming back. It’s very kid friendly and it has a nice point to rest at the end.

Easy trail, some view of the river. Not overly crowded.

hiking
no shade
rocky
4 months ago

Not a lot of shade. First part of trail is easy stroll, last part is quite rocky.

hiking
7 months ago

A little boring at first but when you get to the river bed it’s fun

hiking
no shade
over grown
rocky
washed out
8 months ago

nothing to see first 1.5 miles. then you get to some water. other than that is a boring hike

hiking
rocky
8 months ago

Nice beginner trail. Definitely a nice little hike to bring your kids. The river view is pretty to see as you walk through the trail. Free parking and not crowded.

9 months ago

nice easy trail , for beginner

9 months ago

short walk along the river, decent if you live locally, nice place to walk your dog some graffiti on the rocks which sucks

hiking
rocky
9 months ago

With the welcome recent rains in her San Gabriel Valley, this is a great experience . And located up Highway 39 in Azusa, this hike offers a relaxing opportunity to enjoy the flowing San Gabriel River as you go. A service road will be you path as you straddle the River for the majority of the hike. However, at the end of the road adventure further to enjoy a trail that hugs the river, but can be a little rocky in places. Overall... an invigorating treat!

walking
Sun Jan 13 2019

Easy to get to this fairly quaint trail. We weren’t sure where it ended so hiked more moderately for a bit then turned back. Cool part is just as you start off it overlooks this private land that has all these large meditation statues. Very serene.

Mon Dec 24 2018

Got up at sunrise and went here. No one else on trail when we started. Made it to the end and turned around and started back. Met two others who were out jogging. Was easy with the sound of water in the background. Will do this again as wife is starting to hike.

walking
Wed Nov 14 2018

beautiful, so far one on my favorite list

hiking
Tue Nov 13 2018

it's still closed

hiking
Wed Oct 10 2018

Easy and peaceful. Lots of birds and a surprising amount of lovely wildflowers being so late in the year. Easy to get to and short enough in case you don’t have lots of time.

hiking
Tue Sep 04 2018

Witnessed a violent roaring rock slide today towards the end of the trail around 10:00 am. Also, the river was dry as a bone and the only puddle of river water they had was kinda dirty

hiking
Mon Sep 03 2018

This was a pretty easy hike, the river was completely dry but still was a good walk all the way through. I would like to come back when the river is flowing... I'm sure you'll get some nice views. I took my nephew and he enjoyed it very much and my dog also loved it. Towards the end of the trail there's a nice area to swim but there are signs around that say no swimming allowed, that sucks because it is a very cool spot with a rope swing to jump from. I'm sure people still swim though since there's a lot of trash that people leave behind from hanging out in that area, which is probably part of the reason for it.

hiking
Wed Jul 18 2018

A little less interesting than I thought it might be. If you look carefully at the topo map (I didn't), you'll see the trail is about 20 feet above the river most of the way. Not exactly a wilderness, either, as you can't swim because of periofic discharges from the dam upriver. But, it's not too far from civilization, and you have some decent views of the canyon.

hiking
Sun Jul 15 2018

Not hard at all, nice scenery

hiking
Fri Jul 13 2018

Not the hardest trail, plenty of shade and wind. It wasn’t hot at all because of the wind and shade there was on the trail. However, when I went there was a sign that said the park was closed, but I went in anyway and no one said anything to me. No ticket, no nothing. If you’d like to see the river, the trail gets down to it further along the trail. There are also bags to clean up after your dog, but you have to carry it until you get back to the beginning because there are no trash cans along the trail.

Mon May 28 2018

nice place this is a nice casual place for a good exercise walk. After the reservoir area, the trail gets narrow, rocky, and a bit dangerous. there is always a chance that heavy rocks from overhead could fall onto you. There is not much going on in regards to other trails around the area that you can explore off of the main trail. Also, there's graffiti at various places, which kills the immersion. No real sign of Wildlife.

hiking
Mon Apr 30 2018

I liked this trail a lot, the only reason I didn’t give it 5 stars was because there was a lot of graffiti on the rocks along the trail. There is no sign that marks where it ends so we ended up going pretty far and climbing over rocks past the end of the trail which turned an easy hike into a more difficult one but it was fun and challenging. Lots of pretty spots to stop and check out the water.

hiking
Mon Apr 09 2018

This trail was beautiful and pet friendly! Everything is green and the river is flowing.

Sun Feb 18 2018

It’s not closed anymore!

walking
Sun Dec 17 2017

short, easy, good short walk if you are in the area, otherwise not worth the drive if coming from far

Tue Dec 12 2017

I gave this trail a three because it was closed. It was closed for a good reason so it’s not actually a negative, however, I didn’t see it listed as closed online and I drove about 50 minutes to get there. I’m hoping to go back and try again when the wind and fires die down.

hiking
Mon Nov 27 2017

Beautiful and short kind of rocky at the end of the trail before you turn around and come back

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