4 miles
Distance
716 ft
Climb
-2,048 ft
Descent
00:33:23
Avg time
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Details

  • Riding Area
    Angeles National Forest
    Altadena, California
  • AKA
    Redbox
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    DH, AM, XC
  • Trail Usage
    Multi-use
  • Direction
    Both Directions
    Popular direction shown
  • Climb Difficulty
    Blue
  • Physical Rating
    Moderate
  • Season
    All year
  • eBike Allowed
  • TTFs on Trail
    Rock Garden
  • Ride in Rain
    Yes
  • Global Ranking
    #19304 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    75 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 5 in Trail Running
    • 5 in Hiking

This section of the Gabrielino Trail is locally known as "Red Box to Switzers" because it starts at the Red Box Ranger Station and ends at Switzers Campground. Fast and flowy for the first two miles, with broad turns and occasional chunk. It gets gradually rougher as it drops into the canyon, culminating in an advanced level, waterfall-style rock garden. The rock garden is a short, easy hike if it becomes too challenging for intermediates. The last two miles are less steep, have some tight switch backs with moderate exposure. There is a also a brief climb with a couple of switchbacks just before your reach the end. Note: there is a free water fountain at Red Box Ranger Station. If the ranger station is open, a floor pump is also on hand and snacks can be purchased. These amenities and easy access to Hwy 2 make this a popular trail for shuttle repeats. That said, this trail is quite climbable and near a popular hiking center so it is not unusual to encounter uphill traffic and hikers.

Access Info

Take the Angeles Crest Highway (Hwy 2) North exit from the 210 freeway. Follow Hwy 2 until you see the first ranger station. This is where you can buy an Adventure Pass, which you will need for parking anywhere inside the Angeles National Forest. From there, head up the high four miles until you come to the Red Box Ranger Station parking lot on your right. It will be where Hwy 2 intersects with Mount Wilson Red Box Road.

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More Stats for Gabrielino Trail (NRT) bike trail
  • Altitude change
    -1,332 ft
  • Altitude min
    3,302 ft
  • Altitude max
    4,655 ft
  • Altitude start
    4,635 ft
  • Altitude end
    3,302 ft
  • Grade max
    -55.722%
  • Grade min
    37.708%
  • Distance climb
    1 miles
  • Distance down
    3 miles
  • Distance flat
    912 ft
  • Avg time
    00:33:23
  • Avg reverse time
    00:03:47
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Status:
on Nov 23, 2018
Variable
Avg: 4 (6 votes)

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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
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  • Very Dry
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  • Closed or Major Issue / Red

  • Land Owner Overlay
  • Wilderness (typically no bikes in USA)
  • BLM (public)
  • USFS (Wildlife sanctuaries darker than usfs)
  • State land
  • Indigenous
  • Military
Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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  • Parking Parking
  • Viewpoint Viewpoint
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  • Water Fountain/Source Water Fountain/Source
  • Sight Sight
  • Restrooms Restrooms
  • Gate Gate
  • Camping Camping
  • Trail Sign Trail Sign
  • Table or Bench Table or Bench
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      Gabrielino Trail... Trail Reports

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      Nov 23, 2018 @ 11:11am
      Nov 23, 2018
      After the rain the soil is in great shape. MWBA was clearing fallen trees today. Thanks guys
      Oct 27, 2018 @ 8:01am
      Oct 27, 2018
      Rode on Friday 10/26/18. There are large fallen trees down across the trail between Red Box and Switzers campground, in several different...
      Sep 2, 2018 @ 10:35am
      Sep 2, 2018
      Mar 20, 2018 @ 4:51pm
      Mar 20, 2018
      Fallen Trees
      Feb 25, 2018 @ 6:50am
      Feb 25, 2018
      Mostly Dry and patches of thin layer of snow
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      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

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      • 1 rides
      • 16 miles avg distance
      6 Months
      • 79 rides
      • 19 miles avg distance
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