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San Gabriel Mountains

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Address: Los Angeles, CA

This mountain range provides the only natural barrier to the expansion of...

This mountain range provides the only natural barrier to the expansion of Los Angeles.

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So Many Amazing Trails

The San Gabriels, often overlooked in favor of the Santa Monica Mountains, are absolutely stunning. There are SO MANY trails - from waterfall trails to Mt. Wilson and the... read more

Reviewed 18 January 2017
Katie O
Los Angeles, California
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Los Angeles, California
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Reviewed 18 January 2017

The San Gabriels, often overlooked in favor of the Santa Monica Mountains, are absolutely stunning. There are SO MANY trails - from waterfall trails to Mt. Wilson and the observatory - that offer some of the best views in Los Angeles. In these mountains, you feel like you're out in nature (the Angeles National Forest). Climbing to the top you... More 

Thank Katie O
Riverside, California
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Reviewed 18 October 2016

Yes, you can see fall colors in Los Angeles County. Take the drive through these mountains on SR 2 for a spectacular visual treat. We actually started on the east side and drove westward in the afternoon and that was backwards. The lighting and photographic opportunities were better looking behind us for most of the drive. (Best to go west... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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Reviewed 3 October 2016

We drove through the mountains for quite a while before we reached the trail head and parked. There is ample parking, we came off of Mount Wilson Redbox Rd at the San Gabriel Peak Trail entrance. The hike was fairly easy, you can do it in 2 hours maybe less. There is one overlook that appears to be an old... More 

Thank Cat L
Pensacola, Florida
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Reviewed 4 August 2016

The first 2 days we were in LA it was clear and cooler and these mountains loomed over the city and could be easily seen if coming out of LAX or in Long Beach. As things heated up there were a little more difficult to see from a distance. Still, once we got into LA, they again were massive and... More 

Thank Grover R
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Reviewed 31 May 2016 via mobile

We went on Memorial Day and every where was busy, we managed to find a quiet spot over the east fork bridge. The unfortunate part is the graffiti, makes no sense to spoil the nature. We took a picnic up cattle creek and did a spot of gold panning, let's just say our flight home won't be upgraded or supply... More 

Thank Angela B
Hod Hasharon, Israel
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Reviewed 18 May 2016

Since I lived just below the San Gabriel Mountains for nine years, it is always wonderful to go back to visit. I especially loved to drive up the mountains on a clear day in winter when the snow covers the peaks. This last time was summer so it's not as green and you have to worry about fires.

Thank Ilene B
Los Angeles, California
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Reviewed 24 April 2016 via mobile

Hiking in these mountains is fun! Small creek we walked along and our dogs could swim and stay cool!

Thank Tami M
Los Angeles, California
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Reviewed 24 March 2016

Mt. Lukens, at just over 5000 ft, is the highest point within the LA city limit. I have heard that the Stone Canyon trail to Mt. Lukens is one of the tougher hikes in the area and decided to take on it. I am quite an avid hiker myself and have done many long day hikes (>10 miles, including the... More 

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Phoenix, Arizona
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Reviewed 24 January 2016 via mobile

It's hard to believe you are so close to this much population. There are lots of hiking trails and streams easily accessible for day hikes and overnight camping (You need a permit). My favorites are: Old Baldy, 5th stream crossing, and Ice House Canyon.

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Los Angeles, California
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Reviewed 3 December 2015

You'll see the San Gabriel Mountains from many venues in the LA basin from Pasadena & east, to when you top out on I-10 above Muholland. They run almost west to east and form the protective barriers for the valley. Lots of trails to hike, sights to see and specials to do. Driving the Angelus Crest Hwy. gives you a... More 

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