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Gabrielino Trail

Average Rating:    (2 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 3

This trail is best done as a one way shuttle to enjoy the long technical downhill ride. This ride is mostly technical singletrack with some fireroad and many fun stream crossings towards the end. Many challenges and obstacles test your skills from loose rock, roots, waterbars, tight exposed and off camber turns, swichbacks and rockgarden drop-offs. Its an all season great ride.
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Latitude
34.25792584712824
Longitude
-118.1934928894043
Trail Directions
Since this ride is best done as a shuttle, we will include directions for both cars. For the first car: From I-210 take the Winsdor\Arroyo exit near the city of La Canada and go north to the large parking area on left side about 1/2 mile up. leave one car here. In second car get back on 210 west in about 3 mi. exit Angeles Crest Highway 2, make right and proceed up to the mountain(staying right with junction to Angeles Forest Highway at 11 mi.) proceed another 5mi to Red Box ranger station where you make right and another immediate right into the parking area. Parking permit is required. ($5.00 a day) ($30.00 a year) Weekend might be free, ask for detail infor at the booth.
Trail Length
15 miles
Trail Level
Advanced
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
La Canada/Glendale
   


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Reviews 1 - 3 (3 Reviews Total)

Review Date
July 19, 2012

Overall Rating
 1 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 5 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: jennix ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
DO NOT ATTEMPT THIS TRAIL WITH A BIKE FOR NOW. Done on 7/16/2012. Trail peters out after you leave the Switzer Falls trail, and disappears just after you arrive at the creek.

It *is* passable, but we averaged a half mile per hour lugging two bikes through, including a few waterfall passes, a jumping into a neck deep pool and tossing the bikes 15 feet into the river. Not something i'd like to have done alone. Definitely a bad place to be if it rains.

Also the bypass around the Brown Canyon dam is almost impossible to find, and it has collapsed at one of the gullys near the top. We had to wedge the bikes between the rocks and use them as braces to continue around the dam.

Total time from Switzer to JPL was 7.5 hours.

Again, i'll repeat, this route is NOT currently suitable for mountain biking. (We actually started @ Redbox, which is ridable to Switzer, so long as you don't mind the Poodle Dog Bush on the upper section.) Wish i'd remembered to check MTBR before we left!

Recommended Route:
NOT RECOMMENDED !!

Other recommended trails in the same area:
The bottom section of this is a great ride for beginners, from JPL to the dam and back. A couple of canyons east is El Prieto, which is well sweet this year.



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Review Date
June 13, 2012

Overall Rating
 1 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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Reviewed by: AD ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
*** UPDATE - SECTIONS CLOSED AND NOT RIDABLE AFTER THE FIRE ***
Update on trail conditions. I attempted to ride up this trail recently from JPL to check it out for the first time after the fire. I hoped to ride the Gabrielino Trail to Switzers and on to Redbox. I used to ride it downhill as a shuttle from Redbox to JPL via Switzers or up and back from JPL to Switzers and loved both rides. Unfortunately riding up from JPL it becomes unridable where the single track used to go uphill just before the dam (about 5 miles up?). I tried hiking up quite a ways and the old trail was almost completely washed out with the slides and debris after the fire. Too bad! :-(
You can ride out and back to the dam from JPL for about 10 miles of easy / intermediate mixed fire road and single track.
The Gabrielino Trail is also now open and ridable from Redbox to Switzers as a 5 mile challenging downhill singletrack or combined with a climb back up the road for a 10 mile loop.
I hope the section from Switzers to the dam is rebuilt as it was an awesome trail. I miss it!
Please update and ping me if / when the trail is reopened.

Recommended Route:
*** SECTIONS CLOSED AND NOT RIDABLE AFTER THE FIRE ***
See above.
Please update and ping me if / when the trail is reopened.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Gabrielino Trail Redbox to Switzers loop:

http://trails.mtbr.com/cat/united-states-trails/california-trails/california-la-area/trail/gabrielino-trail-s-redbox-to-switzers-loop/prd_165435_4520crx.aspx



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Review Date
October 8, 2002

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: David , from Glendale

Summary:
(road)The trail from Chainy starts out with a road, but then about 3 miles up it turns to dirt. Just keep going all the way to the top and you come out on road(7 1/2 to 8 miles). Make a left on this road and you end up at Red Box. Find the Gab. Trail(south west end of the parking lot)and follow it down that way.
(single Track) This ride starts at the top of Lake Ave. in Altadena (get off the 210 at Lake and go North). The sigle track is about 2 1/2 miles up. Some steep short hills and lots of switch- backs. also there are some loose areas. When you get to the top you can go right and check out the view or just go left at the top and take the Mt. Lowe Railroad trail back to the Mt. Lowe Road. When you hit pavement (1 1/2 miles) turn right and the trail becomes the Mt. Lowe Fireroad. Take this to the top (past Inspiration Point) to Mt. Wilson. When you hit the road turn left and head down to Red Box. Take the gab down.

Recommended Route:
If you like to climb, ride this up from Chainy Trail in Altadena (all fire roads). If you like single-track ride the loop from the Lower San Merril(top of Lake Ave.), then to Inspiration Point, then on to Mt. Wilson.



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