Riding areaAngeles National Forest
Bike typeDH, AM, XC
DirectionBoth DirectionsPopular direction shown
TTFs on trailRock Garden
Ride in rainYes
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.
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 min3,302 ft
Altitude max4,655 ft
Altitude start4,635 ft
Altitude end3,302 ft
Distance climb1 miles
Distance down3 miles
Distance flat912 ft
Avg reverse time00:03:47
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- Snow Packed
- Snow Covered
- Freeze/thaw Cycle
- Prevalent Mud
- Very Dry
Gabrielino Trail... Trail Reports
Mar 20, 2018 @ 4:51pmMar 20, 2018
Feb 25, 2018 @ 6:50amFeb 25, 2018
|Mostly Dry and patches of thin layer of snow|
Jan 14, 2018 @ 6:43amJan 14, 2018
Dec 3, 2017 @ 7:19amDec 3, 2017
Nov 12, 2017 @ 10:42amNov 12, 2017
|Tree down about a mile from the exit. It comes up on you fast from around a corner. Just keep an eye out after the switchbacks.|
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