4 miles
Distance
716 ft
Climb
-2,048 ft
Descent
00:37:06
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
    80 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 5 in Trail Running
    • 80 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) mountain 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
    00:37:06
  • Avg reverse time
    00:20:29
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on Jul 10, 2020
Dry
Avg: 4.1 (9 votes)

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  • Wilderness (typically no bikes in USA)
  • BLM (public)
  • USFS (Wildlife sanctuaries darker than usfs)
  • State land
  • Indigenous
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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Ideal
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
  • Map Markers
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  • Parking Parking
  • Viewpoint Viewpoint
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  • Sight Sight
  • Restrooms Restrooms
  • eBike Charging Point eBike Charging Point
  • Water Fountain/Source Water Fountain/Source
  • Gate Gate
  • Trail Sign Trail Sign
  • Table or Bench Table or Bench
  • Ladder Ladder
  • Stairs Stairs
  • Bridge Bridge
  • Camping Camping
  • Cabin Cabin
  • Lodge Lodge
  • Bear Cache Bear Cache
  • Dock Dock
  • Ranger Station Ranger Station
  • Summit Summit
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      Gabrielino Trail... Trail Reports

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      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
      Dec 27, 2019 @ 10:35pm
      Dec 27, 2019
      Large trees down across trail, blocking trail, we only ride for about 2 miles and we encounter more than 15 trees down blocking the trail, we...
      Dec 22, 2019 @ 4:05pm
      Dec 22, 2019
      Really overgrown, with down trees and shrubs.
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      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

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      6 Months
      • 41 rides
      • 19 miles avg distance
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      Jul 9, 2020 @ 7:04pm
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      May 2, 2012 @ 3:41pm
      May 2, 2012
      | 2 comments
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      Jul 5, 2011 @ 12:05am
      Jul 5, 2011

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