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West Fork National Scenic Bikeway

HARD 39 reviews
#47 of 215 trails in

West Fork National Scenic Bikeway is a 14.5 mile moderately 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.

DISTANCE
14.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1,164 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly

stroller friendly

camping

fishing

mountain biking

nature trips

road biking

walking

bird watching

forest

paved

views

wild flowers

wildlife

Directions from Azusa, CA: Travel Interstate 210, exit Azusa Avenue. Drive 12 miles north on San Gabriel Canyon Road (Hwy. 39) to the trailhead at the West Fork of the San Gabriel River.

hiking
1 day ago

The trail itself is easy due to being paved the entire way. What makes it difficult is the length but there are plenty of places to take a break to snack or fish. You can get from the parking lot to Glenn Campground and back in half a day on foot but be prepared to be sore if you’re not used to walking that much. Lots of cyclists and hikers with puppers. Definitely need an adventure pass to park up there too.

walking
bugs
8 days ago

Great easy trail that is fully paved for either walking or biking along side the creek. There are many small trails leading to the water's edge where you can relax or fish. Some of the banks are actually sandy beachs. Found a few waterfalls due to the rain lately. Make sure to buy a daily adventure pass for $5 from one one the verified convenience stores so you can park without getting ticketed. There are bathrooms, but no running plumbing. Kind of a glorified hole in the ground.

hiking
2 months ago

Went with Laura Leyda

8 months ago

favorite place so far

fishing
8 months ago

Some good trout fishing along the river, used my mountain bike to ride alongside the river. Main trail is mostly asphalt, great for hiking, biking, and nature walks. There’s a lot of people hiking the first 3-5 miles, afterwards there are very few people, mostly with bikes. I would recommend bringing a buddy or two if your planning to hike/bike the trail deeper due to bears around that area.

hiking
10 months ago

It's a bit of a drive up the 39 to get here, but it's quite scenic. If you are driving north there is a picnic area and a lot on the left, right past the bridge. There is a pretty nice swimming area right below the parking lot. I only made it about a mile up the trail. There is a paved rode at least that far. The river runs right next to it, and in May it was still flowing well. Really nice place to spend a day. Don't forget your Adventure Pass, the rangers will ticket!

backpacking
10 months ago

Nice views along this trail walking along the river with waterfalls and decent tree cover. Pretty good trail for backpacking but probably better suited for bike- packing. The hike is all on a road so it’s pretty tough on the feet with a pack. That’s the only ding. Otherwise, it’s a surprisingly well set up camp with fire rings and charcoal grills (though fire restrictions prevented use). The stream/river along the whole hike is a huge plus. At least when I went, there was plenty of water available. Some fishing if you can fly fish, but catch and release. Not a whole lot to see otherwise but a decent outing.

hiking
11 months ago

The wife and I hiked in little over 3 miles to the handicap fishing platform. We also checked out future fishing holes in the river and decided we will definitely be coming back with fishing poles in hand.

camping
Sunday, February 04, 2018

Rode my bike in , wow the views are amazing. You quickly forget how close you are to the city. The road is easy to navigate. Very well maintained and clean. Great fishing opportunities throughput the entire trail. . The camp is great , water is everywhere, shade . Restrooms and trash service. Will definitely come back again and again. Super easy and fun hike or bike, all skill levels.

mountain biking
Thursday, January 11, 2018

great trail but chilly pack warm clothes

walking
Sunday, December 03, 2017

Walked 3 miles in. Beautiful sounds from the river throughout the walk. Would have been perfect with a bike.

Sunday, November 26, 2017

My dog rates this 6/5

walking
Friday, August 11, 2017

Nice trail. Very easy. Pet friendly. There are rattlesnakes so be careful when walking in the evening. Great for bike rides.

backpacking
Sunday, January 22, 2017

It’s a pretty easy hike. The road is paved and heavily trafficked for the first couple of miles but relatively quiet afterwards.
I was struck by the scenery on the way in. Perhaps because of that I was a little disappointed with the campground. It isn’t bad but I did feel a little letdown after such a stunning walk-in. Oh, don’t count on the toilets being unlocked so you may want to bring a trowel if you’re planning on camping.

hiking
Friday, July 05, 2013

Rode this trail this morning on the 4th of July. Left early and got to the trail head 7 AM thereby avoiding crowds. We rode the trail all
the way to Cogswell Dam and rode across it. The trail returns to dirt passed the dam and we returned the same way. Great ride, beautiful scenery and a good workout. Will do again!

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