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San Gabriel Peaks (San Gabriel, Mount Disappointment, Mount Lowe, Mount Markham)

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San Gabriel Mountains National Monument

San Gabriel Peaks (San Gabriel, Mount Disappointment, Mount Lowe, Mount Markham) is a 6.5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near La Canada Flintridge, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from April until September.

Length 6.5 mi Elevation gain 2,057 ft Route type Out & Back

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Amy Peters
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Started just before 7am. Dirt parking on both sides of the road. Hiked to Mt Disappointment first and it was appropriately disappointing: paved road, peak covered in antennas, guys working with loud generators, exposed to the sun. Headed back to San Gabriel peak which is a nice little trail. Get there early and almost all of the trail is shaded! Great views at the top! Headed back to the main junction and then up to Mt Markham. About halfway up, there are some steep, rocky, slippery sections and also some overgrowth. I think these steeper parts would make it the most difficult of the 4 peaks. The last peak, Mt Lowe, is a fairly easy, short uphill walk but almost completely exposed to the sun. Overall this is a great workout with some interesting history and a fun tunnel to walk through! If you're interested in doing some more moderate peaks that only take a few hours, this is a great place! Just bring plenty of water.

Jonathan Lagonigro
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Great workout, each peak has a distinctly different trail, feels good to hike 4 mountains in one day.

Mo Mo
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Beautiful views to Mt. Disappointment, San Gabriel Peak, and Mt. Lowe . Only regret not summiting Mt. Markham!

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Richard Passmore
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HikingClosedOver grownScramble

NOTE: 5/13/20 - Mt. Wilson Red Box Road is closed at Angeles Crest Hwy because of COVID. While there was no USFS ranger there or road block in the morning, in the afternoon a Ranger stopped us. He said, the entire area (trails included) are closed until further notice. We began our hike around 9am. As all parking lots are closed, as is Mt. Wilson Red Box Road, we parked are the north side of Angeles Crest Hwy. We hiked the half mile up the road to where the trail began (turning right on Mt. Disappointment Road, the trail was on the left - called Bill Reily on Google Maps). This trail climbs quick, and is a bit steep. After a while, this well-shaded trail ends at Mt. Disappointment Road. If you go right, you descend to Mt. Deception. If left, you can continue on to the saddle of Mt. San Gabriel and Mt. Disappointment. As Mt. San Gabriel is the taller peak, we started there. After reaching the summit of Mt. San Gabriel, we descended and began the assent to the summit of Mt. Disappointment. Afterwards, we continued back to the Mt. San Gabriel Trail. After dropping down, you’ll notice a trail on the right side. Take this trail to connect to Mt. Lowe Rd. However, be cautions. This trail depends and not recommended for those with fears of heights. The trail is not very wide, has loose rock, and a big drop off. Once reaching Eaton Saddle, I summited Mt, Markham. The trail follows the ridge to the top of the summit, is pretty overgrown, and has lots of jagged/lose rocks. Finally, after returning to Eaton Saddle, I climbed to the summit of Mt. Lowe. Of all the peaks I climbed today, Mt. Lowe has lots of interesting things to see at the top. Also, besides a bench to rest on, you’ll be rewarded with beautiful views of the city and surrounding mountains. We decided to make a loop by taking the Mueller Tunnel back to Mt. Wilson Red Box Rd. Because the road was closed, and it was mostly downhill, the was a relaxing way to end our hike. While the weather started off sunny, by noon we were surrounded by fog. Luckily, I brought extra layers. The high was 70, and the low was 45. Furthermore, I did not notice any active streams or water sources, so make sure to bring plenty of water. All in all, this was a wonderful hike. You can climb one peak, or add multiple to make an all day adventure.

Scott Resnick
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William Hamilton
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The road to the trail head was closed, so we walked 2.5 miles to the trail head. Be prepared for an extra 5 miles. The trail is a fun hike and we really enjoyed it. It was really cloudy, so we didn’t get many views but I imagine they are beautiful when the skies are clear. We’ll be back.

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Claire Elizabeth
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HikingNo shadeScramble

This is a really fun hike! The hike to each mountain felt fairly different. Mt. Lowe was my favorite. It has a steady incline, and there’s a swing at the top! Mt. Markham was the roughest. There was a lot of scrambling on the way up. Most people we ran into that day weren’t going up Markham because of the scramble to get up there. The trail to San Gabriel Peak was steeper that I expected, but it was an enjoyable hike. And Mt. Disappointment...well...it was a paved road to get to the top where there are a bunch of radio towers. Unfortunately we were hiking in the clouds when we did this trail, so we could not see the view unless the clouds broke for a minute in the canyon. I would assume the views would be amazing from each peak though.

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Jen T
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Did all 5 peaks: Dissapointment, Deception, San Gabriel, Markham, Lowe plus Brown Mountain which is a butt kicker.

Taylor Thomas
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Alicia Henry
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A great training hike! Bring at least 2-3L water if you think you overheat. I had to give my friends water for some to finish the last peak cause we were hiking in August at 11 am!

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Nie Li
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It’s a perfect trail for hikers to enjoy the beautiful view , build on their skills, and improve their endurance.

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Rubi Espinoza
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Cinco de Peako

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Richard Ledesma
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love it!

Eduardo Sarabia
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Kevin Medel
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Jonathan Aguirre
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David Klausmeier
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Matthieu Tremblay
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Mark Thompson
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rheya User
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George Olivas
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Jesse Kreider
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Saeed Jaffer
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Richard Passmore
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