San Gabriel Peak Trail is a 2.8 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Mount Wilson, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and nature trips and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length2.8 miElevation gain1,030 ftRoute typeOut & back
HikingNature tripsDog friendlyForestViewsWildflowersWildlife
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FIRE CLOSURE: As of February 2021 there are closures in this park or area due to wildfire. For more information, please visit https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/angeles/alerts-notices.

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Eduardo Pineda
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HikingGreat!No shadeRocky

A lot of people sleep on this gem. One of the best short hikes to get an amazing sunrise and sunset view with a sea of clouds. Will be treacherous in the summer since theirs little to no shade but on cloudy days or early mornings it’s a real nice hike. Only gets seriously steeper at the end but nothing too crazy. Definitely recommend. This trail and sunset peak are my favorites for the sunsets/rises. I have some nice clips on my IG for those interested or with any questions. @Savyeddiep

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Andres Ferreira
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Kolby Baumgaertner
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Amazing views but no shade and a little rocky/slippery. Good winter trail. Lots of sun hiking in February. Wouldn’t be a great trail during the summer. Only saw about 8 people on the trail.

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Kiki C.
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HikingGreat!Icy

Nice short trail for inexperienced mountain hiker like me. Mostly easy I would say, just some parts are quite narrow and still icy (as of 02-20). Forgot it gets cold on the mountains and only wore a t-shirt, classic SoCal hiker mistake lol. Bring a light jacket, it’s quite cold and windy on the top! Great view of the whole city, you can even see Catalina island!

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Jonathan MacDonald
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Still icy at the top of Mt. San Gabriel, recommend micro spikes if you’re going up that way. Overall great hike!

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Craig Shelby
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HikingGreat!Icy

Due to the road closure, I knocked out all four peaks using various trails including this on. Mount Disappointment. San Gabriel Mountain. Mount Lowe. Mount Markham. From the start, Mt Disappointment is a high grade start for the first mile. The other trails are well marked and easy to follow. On this hike I had to use crampons. The final climb was Mt. Markham. I’d suggest no small children and or inexperienced pets as it gets a bit technical and steep. The top is a backbone ridge line.

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Edi P
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HikingGreat!IcySnow

As Mt Wilson Red Box Road is closed, the way to do this is park at Red Box Picnic Area, walk down Red Box Road and take the Bill Reilly Trail Head, take the Bill Reilly Trail to Mt Disappointment Rd, where it's easy to jump on the San Gabriel Peak Trailhead from there. Recommended Crampons and poles, but the snow isn't too bad at all. Pretty fun and enjoyable. Not too difficult. Took us 3hrs round trip from the car.

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Andrea Lottarini
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Melanie Bowen
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HikingClosedIcySnow

My fave trail! Access was closed today (12/30/2020) from Hwy 2 due to the icy road conditions at Mt Wilson Red Box Rd. Access was also closed at Mt Lowe Rd via Altadena. Although we couldn’t hike it today, we stopped off Hwy 2 to play in some snow. We will be back on a drier day.

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Madeline Graham
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Sean McCoy
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Pedro Noé
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Satellite video of this trail https://www.relive.cc/view/vevWN7gY2yq

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Emily Waller
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Hiking

Fun trail, not a lot of shade, baby rattle snake on the trail at the top

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Jorge Castillo
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This short trail was nice with a good elevation. Trail is narrow but the views up too are amazing

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Jonathan Goldberg
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Mt Wilson Red Box road is closed from Angeles Crest Highway to trail head. Need to park at red box gap and hike 2+ miles up the road to trailhead. Looks like it was closed for the holiday weekend.

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Sandie Aguilar
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I started at 7:40am and the sun was already out and warming up the skin. There is not much shade along this trail, so starting early is highly recommend on summer days. When I do this hike again I’ll begin at 6:00am. I meant to hike Mt. Markham, but I missed the sharp turn off and hike Mt. Lowe instead. The swing that used to be up at Mt. Lowe is gone. This hike will get your adrenaline pumping and it’s short enough that you can knock it off relatively quick.

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Savannah Woods
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Pretty great trail! It definitely has an incline once you get closer to the peak. Definitely a calf shaper. It’s got a cool little box at the top with notes in it so if you want to bring something to write on and leaving then do that. Make sure you just look at the trail before you start because there are a few forks in the road so make sure that you know which fork leads to San Gabriel peak. To get up there take a right at the first fork and then another right at the second Fork in the trail. Overall fun day pretty cold right now it was foggy when I went.

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Will Iam
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HikingRocky
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Mei Laarnee
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DJ Goodman
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Hiking

I've been wanting to do this one for awhile and decided to do it today. Angeles Crest Highway was closed right after the Mt. Wilson Road/Red Box junction and this is where the trailhead is located so I was very fortunate. The trail starts out on a fire road and winds around to the Mueller Tunnel. After going through the short tunnel, the trail continues to wind around to an open junction (approximately 3/4 mile). There is a light yellow round water tank off to the right of this junction. The first trail to the left of this water tank leading upwards is the trail to San Gabriel Peak. Other options include a small sign entitled "Mt. Lowe summit" and a fire road leading to the Mt, Lowe Campground. The trail winded upwards and around and was very easy to follow. There were telephone poles along this stretch of the trail. After climbing about 1/2 mile, the trail abruptly ends at another trail. If you take this new trail left, you will hike about 1/10 of a mile and run into the asphalt road leading to Mt. Disappointment. Turn right on the new trail and this will lead you to the summit of San Gabriel Peak (approximately 1/2 to 3/4 of a mile). Once at the summit, you are rewarded with a beautiful 360 degree view of the surrounding peaks. My GPS indicated it was 1.8 miles to the summit. Since this was a short trail, I decided to explore Mt. Disappointment and Mt. Lowe. According to my GPS, the total mileage for this trip was a little over 6 1/2 miles.

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