Known as “L.A.’s Backyard,” the San Gabriel Mountains are a 970 square mile haven within easy day-hiking range for most Angelenos. With five federal wilderness areas and a brand new 346,000 acre National Monument, this mountain range is an absolute treasure for nature-starved urbanites, and it features a wide range of trails for every hiker’s ability level. From untamed rivers, ruins of turn-of-the-century resorts, and rugged, pine-filled canyons to the top of 10,064 foot Mount Baldy (the highest point in Los Angeles County and the third tallest mountain in Southern California), there’s something for everyone here.

This mountain range’s jurisdiction is split three ways between the Angeles National Forest, the new San Gabriel Mountains National Monument, and – in a tiny sliver of the easternmost limits of the range – the San Bernardino National Forest.

Viewing 58 of 58 Hikes

Mount Akawie

Mount Akawie

Distance: 1.4 mi

Time: 1 hrs

Elevation Gain: 400 ft

Difficulty: Easy

Kratka Ridge

Kratka Ridge

Distance: 1.5 mi

Time: 1 hrs

Elevation Gain: 640 ft

Difficulty: Moderate

Devil’s Punchbowl

Devil’s Punchbowl

Distance: 1.3 mi

Time: 1 hrs

Elevation Gain: 299 ft

Difficulty: Easy

Millard Canyon Falls

Millard Canyon Falls

Distance: 1.2 mi

Time: 1 hrs

Elevation Gain: 268 ft

Difficulty: Easy

Lewis Falls

Lewis Falls

Distance: 1 mi

Time: 1 hrs

Elevation Gain: 250 ft

Difficulty: Moderate

Monrovia Canyon Falls

Monrovia Canyon Falls

Distance: 2.6 mi

Time: 1.5 hrs

Elevation Gain: 680 ft

Difficulty: Easy

Eaton Canyon Falls

Eaton Canyon Falls

Distance: 3.8 mi

Time: 1.5 hrs

Elevation Gain: 592 ft

Difficulty: Easy

Vetter Mountain Lookout Site

Vetter Mountain Lookout Site

Distance: 3.6 mi

Time: 1.5 hrs

Elevation Gain: 667 ft

Difficulty: Easy

San Gabriel Peak

San Gabriel Peak

Distance: 3.8 mi

Time: 1.5 hrs

Elevation Gain: 1185 ft

Difficulty: Moderate

Cooper Canyon Falls

Cooper Canyon Falls

Distance: 3.1 mi

Time: 1.5 hrs

Elevation Gain: 638 ft

Difficulty: Moderate

Winston Ridge and Winston Peak

Winston Ridge and Winston Peak

Distance: 4.4 mi

Time: 2 hrs

Elevation Gain: 720 ft

Difficulty: Moderate

Mount Lawlor

Mount Lawlor

Distance: 4.4 mi

Time: 2.5 hrs

Elevation Gain: 1201 ft

Difficulty: Challenging

Fish Canyon Falls

Fish Canyon Falls

Distance: 4.8 mi

Time: 2.5 hrs

Elevation Gain: 836 ft

Difficulty: Moderate

Trail Canyon Falls

Trail Canyon Falls

Distance: 4.3 mi

Time: 2 hrs

Elevation Gain: 743 ft

Difficulty: Moderate

Mount Hillyer

Mount Hillyer

Distance: 5.8 mi

Time: 2.5 hrs

Elevation Gain: 950 ft

Difficulty: Moderate

Mount Williamson

Mount Williamson

Distance: 5 mi

Time: 2.5 hrs

Elevation Gain: 1575 ft

Difficulty: Challenging

Dawn Mine and the Sunset Ridge Trail

Dawn Mine and the Sunset Ridge Trail

Distance: 5.9 mi

Time: 3.5 hrs

Elevation Gain: 1493 ft

Difficulty: Strenuous

Henninger Flats

Henninger Flats

Distance: 5.9 mi

Time: 3 hrs

Elevation Gain: 1555 ft

Difficulty: Moderate

Iron Mountain (#2)

Iron Mountain (#2)

Distance: 6 mi

Time: 2.5 hrs

Elevation Gain: 1300 ft

Difficulty: Moderate

Switzer Falls and Bear Canyon

Switzer Falls and Bear Canyon

Distance: 6.8 mi

Time: 3.5 hrs

Elevation Gain: 689 ft

Difficulty: Moderate

Mount Lowe from Red Box

Mount Lowe from Red Box

Distance: 6.1 mi

Time: 3 hrs

Elevation Gain: 1206 ft

Difficulty: Moderate

Mount Mooney and Vetter Mountain

Mount Mooney and Vetter Mountain

Distance: 6.5 mi

Time: 3 hrs

Elevation Gain: 640 ft

Difficulty: Moderate

Throop Peak and Mount Hawkins

Throop Peak and Mount Hawkins

Distance: 6 mi

Time: 3 hrs

Elevation Gain: 1219 ft

Difficulty: Moderate

Waterman Mountain

Waterman Mountain

Distance: 6.4 mi

Time: 3 hrs

Elevation Gain: 1225 ft

Difficulty: Moderate

Mount Markham

Mount Markham

Distance: 6.3 mi

Time: 3.5 hrs

Elevation Gain: 1023 ft

Difficulty: Challenging

Firebreak Trail / Los Pinetos Loop

Firebreak Trail / Los Pinetos Loop

Distance: 6.9 mi

Time: 3.5 hrs

Elevation Gain: 1644 ft

Difficulty: Challenging

Smith Mountain

Smith Mountain

Distance: 6.6 mi

Time: 3.5 hrs

Elevation Gain: 1843 ft

Difficulty: Challenging

Jones Peak via Bailey Canyon

Jones Peak via Bailey Canyon

Distance: 6.4 mi

Time: 3 hrs

Elevation Gain: 2240 ft

Difficulty: Challenging

The Devil’s Chair

The Devil’s Chair

Distance: 7.5 mi

Time: 3 hrs

Elevation Gain: 594 ft

Difficulty: Moderate

Mount Islip

Mount Islip

Distance: 7 mi

Time: 3.5 hrs

Elevation Gain: 1627 ft

Difficulty: Moderate

Sunset Peak

Sunset Peak

Distance: 7.9 mi

Time: 3 hrs

Elevation Gain: 1401 ft

Difficulty: Moderate

Mount Gleason

Mount Gleason

Distance: 7.3 mi

Time: 3.5 hrs

Elevation Gain: 1000 ft

Difficulty: Moderate

West Fork Camp via Shortcut Canyon

West Fork Camp via Shortcut Canyon

Distance: 7.2 mi

Time: 3.5 hrs

Elevation Gain: 1550 ft

Difficulty: Challenging

North Backbone Trail to Mount Baldy

North Backbone Trail to Mount Baldy

Distance: 7.4 mi

Time: 6 hrs

Elevation Gain: 4504 ft

Difficulty: Strenuous

Josephine Peak

Josephine Peak

Distance: 8 mi

Time: 3 hrs

Elevation Gain: 1898 ft

Difficulty: Moderate

Timber Mountain via Icehouse Canyon

Timber Mountain via Icehouse Canyon

Distance: 8.9 mi

Time: 4.5 hrs

Elevation Gain: 3325 ft

Difficulty: Challenging

Santa Anita Canyon and Sturtevant Falls

Santa Anita Canyon and Sturtevant Falls

Distance: 8.7 mi

Time: 4.5 hrs

Elevation Gain: 1660 ft

Difficulty: Moderate

Mount Lukens via Haines Canyon

Mount Lukens via Haines Canyon

Distance: 8.5 mi

Time: 4 hrs

Elevation Gain: 2945 ft

Difficulty: Strenuous

Mount Baden-Powell via Vincent Gap

Mount Baden-Powell via Vincent Gap

Distance: 8 mi

Time: 5 hrs

Elevation Gain: 2818 ft

Difficulty: Challenging

Twin Peaks

Twin Peaks

Distance: 9.7 mi

Time: 5.5 hrs

Elevation Gain: 3378 ft

Difficulty: Expert

Mount Lukens via Stone Canyon

Mount Lukens via Stone Canyon

Distance: 9 mi

Time: 5 hrs

Elevation Gain: 3266 ft

Difficulty: Strenuous

Echo Mountain and Inspiration Point

Echo Mountain and Inspiration Point

Distance: 10.4 mi

Time: 4.5 hrs

Elevation Gain: 2740 ft

Difficulty: Moderate

Mount Wilson via Kenyon-Devore Trail

Mount Wilson via Kenyon-Devore Trail

Distance: 10.5 mi

Time: 5 hrs

Elevation Gain: 2824 ft

Difficulty: Strenuous

Mount San Antonio (Mount Baldy) and Mount Harwood

Mount San Antonio (Mount Baldy) and Mount Harwood

Distance: 10.3 mi

Time: 7 hrs

Elevation Gain: 3950 ft

Difficulty: Strenuous

Strawberry Peak

Strawberry Peak

Distance: 10.8 mi

Time: 7 hrs

Elevation Gain: 2731 ft

Difficulty: Expert

The Bridge to Nowhere

The Bridge to Nowhere

Distance: 10.1 mi

Time: 7 hrs

Elevation Gain: 809 ft

Difficulty: Strenuous

South Mount Hawkins

South Mount Hawkins

Distance: 11.6 mi

Time: 6 hrs

Elevation Gain: 3169 ft

Difficulty: Strenuous

Will Thrall Peak via Buckhorn

Will Thrall Peak via Buckhorn

Distance: 11.2 mi

Time: 6.5 hrs

Elevation Gain: 3018 ft

Difficulty: Strenuous

Cucamonga Peak via Icehouse Canyon

Cucamonga Peak via Icehouse Canyon

Distance: 12 mi

Time: 6 hrs

Elevation Gain: 3800 ft

Difficulty: Strenuous

Pacifico Mountain

Pacifico Mountain

Distance: 12.6 mi

Time: 6 hrs

Elevation Gain: 2180 ft

Difficulty: Challenging

Mount Wilson via Chantry Flat

Mount Wilson via Chantry Flat

Distance: 12.8 mi

Time: 7 hrs

Elevation Gain: 3545 ft

Difficulty: Strenuous

Fox Mountain

Fox Mountain

Distance: 12.1 mi

Time: 8 hrs

Elevation Gain: 2998 ft

Difficulty: Strenuous

Thunder Mountain and Telegraph Peak

Thunder Mountain and Telegraph Peak

Distance: 13.5 mi

Time: 6 hrs

Elevation Gain: 3525 ft

Difficulty: Strenuous

Bighorn Peak and Ontario Peak

Bighorn Peak and Ontario Peak

Distance: 13.9 mi

Time: 7 hrs

Elevation Gain: 3698 ft

Difficulty: Strenuous

Iron Mountain #1

Iron Mountain #1

Distance: 13.5 mi

Time: 10 hrs

Elevation Gain: 7247 ft

Difficulty: Strenuous

Burkhart Saddle

Burkhart Saddle

Distance: 14.2 mi

Time: 7 hrs

Elevation Gain: 2344 ft

Difficulty: Strenuous

Condor Peak

Condor Peak

Distance: 16 mi

Time: 8 hrs

Elevation Gain: 4000 ft

Difficulty: Strenuous

Mt. Baden-Powell via Islip Saddle

Mt. Baden-Powell via Islip Saddle

Distance: 16 mi

Time: 8 hrs

Elevation Gain: 3200 ft

Difficulty: Strenuous

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