West Fork National Scenic Bikeway

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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 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: 14.5 miles Elevation Gain: 1,164 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly

stroller friendly

backpacking

camping

fishing

mountain biking

nature trips

road biking

walking

bird watching

running

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
bugs
fee
1 hour ago

Beautiful, secluded, lots of wildlife, tranquil, just a good stroll in nature.

Did this as an overnight backpack bike trip.... super fun.

backpacking
bugs
fee
2 months ago

it was an uneventful trip....the temp overnight was 30 so that wasn't expected. Ranger said there is a young bear frequently seen at Glenn campground. had to use bear bag....rivers pretty....nice workout....use a bug bonnet. Anyone looking to join a backpacking group....follow the link Check out Camping & Hyking Addict http://meetu.ps/c/4n2N4/KxFvT/d on Meetup

Beautfiful paves flat trail along the river. Pretty busy with swimmers along the first .5mi or so but then it thins out. Goes in and out of shade. Tried going up Glenn Canyon but the poison oak was thick. Bring bug spray!

mountain biking
5 months ago

Good beginner trail that's paved all the way. There are a few dips you can use to practice jumps. There are signs that warn of bears so beware. Would love to hear from other riders who want to ride together

hiking
5 months ago

There's alot of poison oak/Ivy. Mostly shady except for the mile of pavement.

mountain biking
6 months ago

Beautiful weather and no one around. This was my first ride as a "fluffy" guy and it was amazing. I recommend it to any other "fluffy" guys out there trying to get a start. Plus there are plenty of places to stop and enjoy views. Several Restrooms along the way but bring your own TP.

hiking
bugs
6 months ago

Lovely wildflowers along the path today, adding to the beauty of the flourishing trees and bushes. Some gnats and mosquitoes in shady areas, but not too bad.

road biking
8 months ago

Beautiful area following a clear stream & having a steep incline at the end. This is a 7-mile route (each direction) starting at the parking lot off of 39 until the end where there is a locked fence/gate near Cogswell Dam. I did not see any large wildlife; however, there were several suicidal squirrels that ran in front my bike. Use caution because this is an active truck route. Three (Public Works) trucks passed me heading towards the dam.

hiking
9 months 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
10 months 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
11 months ago

Went with Laura Leyda

Mon Jul 02 2018

favorite place so far

fishing
Sun Jul 01 2018

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
Tue May 22 2018

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
Mon May 07 2018

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
Mon Apr 23 2018

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
Sun Feb 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
Thu Jan 11 2018

great trail but chilly pack warm clothes

walking
Sun Dec 03 2017

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

Sun Nov 26 2017

My dog rates this 6/5

walking
Fri Aug 11 2017

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

backpacking
Sun Jan 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
Fri Jul 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!

hiking
1 month ago

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