Explore the most popular mountain biking trails near La Canada Flintridge with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Going up the canyon on the shaded Gabrielino trail is pleasant enough, but the hike down and back up to the Gabrielino trail, on an old road grade, is not very fun.

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17 days ago

Virtual Hike: https://youtu.be/9T6V0xyPrO4

Despite being a fire road, this trail is absolutely lovely in the morning hours. There is plenty of shade pockets and it makes for a wonderful sunrise hike. Start at one of two locations: right after the bridge on Jessen Dr. or at the top of palm drive, La Sierra Dr. Follow the trail up about two miles and there is a fork at a saddle. Stay left on the fire road and keep going up the hill until you reach a concrete slab with epic epic views! If you go right at the saddle, the fire road becomes a narrow trail and meets up with Mt. Lukens fire road about 1.5 miles further. From the concrete slab, there are panoramic views in every direction. There are views of downtown Los Angeles, the San Gabriel Valley, the Crescenta-Canada Valley, Verdugo Mountains, Montrose, and Mount Lukens! It is truly a wonderful hike up Earl Canyon Motorway, because the views start almost immediately and only get better. I do recommend the morning for this hike to avoid too much heat in the hotter seasons. I might bring a yoga mat up to the top next time because that concrete slab is just begging for some mountain top yoga!

All in all an excellent hike and a great way to spend a morning

Hope you enjoy!

Playlist for the trail: https://spoti.fi/2zPHeEK

Virtual Hike: https://youtu.be/fmPD8Ikc0UM

You just gotta love this hike. The campsite is easy to get to, and the hiking options from the campsite are plentiful.
I started in the morning to avoid heat this time of year, but I’ve hit up this trail before midday and it provides a good amount of shade once you make it down to the canyon. The trail starts by the last few houses on the right hand side as you are driving north on Angeles Crest Highway, as you leave La Canada. There’s a turnout usually with a few cars, so it’s relatively obvious where to park. Follow the paved road past the gate and keep following the paved road past the Socal Edison Power Plant. It will quickly turn into a dirt fire road that switchbacks down to the camp. On your way down the switchbacks, there is a cool little “junkyard” of structural materials and what look to be fire road maintenance tools, (I could be wrong). Shortly thereafter, you’ll find yourself at Gould Mesa Camp, which has a good amount of room for campers. I saw someone on a couple trips back and forth using a rolling dolly to bring camping gear down. There were some campers with tents set up and a few runners making the turn back down the other entrance to the campground towards JPL. A serene creek runs through the campsite adding to the peacefulness of the area. I decided to hang there for awhile, but then wanted to explore a bit further, so I followed the sign to the Paul Little Picnic area. Along the way, I encountered some deer, mountain bikers, and a couple other hikers. It’s about a mile from the campground to the picnic area, and you pass the Nino Picnic Area on the way there. It’s interesting to get this perspective of the canyon beneath Angeles Crest Hwy as I’ve driven past there up top many of times. I spent little bit of time on a picnic bench, took some video, and then headed back to the Gould Mesa Camp. The last part of the hike was the hardest; the climb out of Gould Mesa Camp, but it’s not so bad. The fact that it was noon by the time I was climbing back up made it a bit harder, but most hikers should have no problem with this incline.

All in all a wonderful hike and a great way to spend a morning!

Hope you enjoy!

Playlist for the trail: https://sptfy.com/1zKm

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1 month ago

Nice neighborhood walk that starts off as a wide track near the Pasadena Equestrian Center. Further north, the trail narrows to a single-track, passing under Angeles Crest Highway. The views are mostly of neighborhoods and backyards, but it's a nice little workout if you're in the area.

This “trail” sucks.

It’s paved for a large chunk of the way, in the sun, with very little shade and there’s no water for the first mile.

Not a great trail for taking dogs especially on a hot day.

It’s a steep decline in, and a steep incline out.

The reviews here are not accurate.

Short, well maintained, well marked trail with great views of the San Gabriel Mountains and SGV. Perfect beginner hiking trail, also would be a fun beginning MTB trail.

a nice short hike with a view down to La Canada and Glendale and the Crescenta Valley and you can see Descanso Gardens. we did this hike about 4 months ago

Beginning is all downhill to Gould-Mesa trail camp. Past the campground the trail levels out and 2/3 of way in you’ll start hitting pretty stream crossings (decent amount of water for early September). The waterfall at the end of the trail is solid. Coming back you will be in for a decent climb back toward the parking lot.

Easy hike to do with the dogs. Easy parking. Limited shade so not good for the middle of the day!

Seriously, don’t hike this trail. Hiking west from the top of Brown Mountain and going down the ridge there is no discernible trail and had to bushwhack down 2k of intense brush. If you do want to go to the top of Brown Mountain approach from the East and turn back around and go back the way you came.

Got to the parking area right on the highway around 7 AM and we were the first people there. We didn't run into anybody else until right before the picnic area. The water dam area is just past the picnic spot and worth the time to see. Passed a few kids doing their cross-country training on our way back. Overall great hike, few people, and mostly shaded. The climb back up to the car was grueling though

hiking
2 months ago

Amazing views from the very first steps. We initially missed the first left turn trailhead to Mt Lowe summit by continuing on Mt Lowe Motorway. That was our extra 2 miles RT added on to the 17 miles. At the Idlehour Trail Camp there is a stream with cold refreshing water to cool down & drink (with filter). We stopped here on way out & way back. Much of the hike is shaded which is a plus. Encountered an irritated Rattlesnake on way back so beware & be careful.

Flat and shady!
Only ~500 ft elevation

Great run for the dogs
Keep dogs out of the sun
Cross a couple streams so fresh water for pups

I took this trail today! It really was great. I took a left at the campground and went on about 4.5 miles more. He trails were clear, quiet, and not crowded at all except for some apparently long term residents at the campground. I’m not sure about easy if you take the left trail as I did I was out about 4 hours and pretty tired when I got back. Good for a shorts and T-shirt hike though. Great choice for close to the city, I’ll go again.

Not bad, but I will say they have many homeless people camping in the camp sites, and those areas have been trashed. It’s not a hard hike, and the elevation gain is unnoticed.

Bear sighting! Well, nearly. On our way out, two groups advised us that our furry friend was about 1/4 mile ahead. We never encountered said bear, but it seemed to be far enough away from the trail and not bothering anybody.

This hike is great!! Meets up with the JPL trail at Gould Mesa Campground. Turn right at the bottom of the hill (where the campground is) to head toward the dam. About 1 mile from the campground bear left at the picnic area to follow the trail to the dam (about another 1/2 mile) - otherwise you're ascending quickly up a mountain. You'll definitely know if you turned the correct way. :)

If you are going to take younger kids out here, I'd suggest using the JPL/Gabrielino trail. The hike back up to the car at the end of this route is B R U T A L. Mostly unexposed, and difficult to do in the heat. Bikers use this trail, so listen out for their bells and consider only wearing one earbud if you're going to wear them at all. Also good advice for the bears.

Found this spot by wanting something like Eaton Canyon but without the crowds. And for a Saturday morning, it was perfect. Pretty, with some people, but for the most part, we were hiking alone. The only downside was what someone else had mentioned which is the hike back up to your car. There’s little shade and was the most strenuous part of the trail being that it is at the end.

This trail is beautiful! You start out on a fairly shaded portion overlooking some dramatic rocky mountain sides. Then you'll hit Mueller Tunnel. Prior to the tunnel being built, the trail went around the rocky cliff side (you can see some rusty metal rods sticking out from the old chain railing).

After the tunnel you'll hit a water tower looking structure with a fork. The trail noted here is the left option, going up the side of the mountain. It'll take you through some beautiful scene vistas.

Once you start going down the rock gets pretty loose and steep. This is the most difficult portion of the trail. Once you're finally down you'll be at a fire road crossroad. Take the left road and follow it to Inspiration Point for some amazing views.

Great spot for a picnic lunch! On the way back you can follow the same trail or stick to the fire road which will take you around the mountain on a longer but lower grade climb back up. It eventually connects back at the fork at the water tower. If you go this route the total mileage will be about 7 miles.

This has become one of my favorite hikes. it's very much on the side of the road. The trail leads you down hill into a very forested area. It runs a long a stream most of the time, and you'll have to cross is multiple times as well. it's like an obstacle course in some parts. Very fun. Highly recommended.

Solid uphill hike. Nice wide trail with many scenic views. Trail head is just over a bridge at the end of a tiny street near La Canada elementary.

Nice hike, very steep at some points. Way too short.

Nice trail, moderate shade. Beautiful views of La Canada and the mountains. Be mindful that this trail is shared with many mountain bikers.

Don’t get confused with “ campgrounds” it’s a homeless encampment near the only restroom. Was so irritating to get halfway down just to figure out what was going on.

very easy hike. a nice stream and some old stone structures.

Fairly easy hike EXCEPT for the 0,8 mile trip from the campsite back to your car. We found that there to be STEEP!! Very pretty with lots of foliage and a few stream crossings. End is a waterfall from dam. It was a lovely hike for the most part. Our dogs loved the trip.

If ur looking for a quick, incline hike this is the one!

Approximately 4.6 mi (AllTrails kept crashing). Take a left at the T junction at 2.0 mi and go up the little spur to the concrete structure. Incredible views of the city and Verdugos at sunset. This trail is popular with mountain bikers but not too busy. There is geocache if you know where to look. This is one I'd take visitors to for the spectacular sunset view.

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