4.2 miles
Distance
716 ft
Climb
-2,048 ft
Descent
00:38:35
Avg time
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Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
  • 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
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • eBike Allowed
  • TTFs on Trail
    Rock Garden
  • Ride in Rain
    Yes
  • Global Ranking
    #19304 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    75 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 60 in Trail Running
    • 75 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.

Local Trail Association
Traditionally Indigenous Territory
More Stats for Gabrielino Trail (NRT) mountain bike trail 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 mile
  • Distance down
    3 miles
  • Distance flat
    912 ft
  • Avg time
    00:38:35
  • Avg reverse time
    00:44:43
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on May 13, 2021
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Avg: 4.1 (9 votes)

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Trail Conditions
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  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
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  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Ideal
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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      Gabrielino Trail... Trail Reports

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      May 13, 2021 @ 8:58pm
      May 13, 2021
      Trail is running good, 1 tree down as of 13 May.
      Feb 6, 2021 @ 8:41am
      Feb 6, 2021
      Lots of brush and a few down trees. Long sleeves and gloves are recommended for the brush.
      Jul 10, 2020 @ 1:52pm
      Jul 10, 2020
      Really overgrown.
      Jun 6, 2020 @ 7:17am
      Jun 6, 2020
      Lots of face level bushes
      Feb 5, 2020 @ 8:42am
      Feb 5, 2020
      MAJOR bushwack session through the middle
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      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

      Past Week
      • 2 rides
      • 26 miles avg distance
      6 Months
      • 78 rides
      • 18 miles avg distance
      All
      • 385 rides
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      Routes with this trail

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      Red Box to JPL
      15 miles

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