4.2 miles
Distance
716 ft
Climb
-2,048 ft
Descent
00:37:26
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
  • 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
    #38263 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • #74990 in Trail Running
    • #20620 in Hiking
  • Local Popularity
    75 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 5 in Trail Running
    • 45 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
    00:37:26
  • Avg reverse time
    01:11:55
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on Jun 25, 2022
Dry
Avg: 4.1 (9 votes)
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      Gabrielino Trail... Trail Reports

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      Jun 25, 2022 @ 10:53am
      Jun 25, 2022
      No trees down. All clear.
      Apr 9, 2022 @ 11:27am
      Apr 9, 2022
      Red box to switzers does have a couple downed trees but other than that worth it for sure.
      Mar 20, 2022 @ 8:04am
      Mar 20, 2022
      There is one downed tree very close to the start of the decent from Redbox. Youll need to dismount and cross over. Looks like it rained the day...
      Mar 5, 2022 @ 5:20pm
      Mar 5, 2022
      Jan 16, 2022 @ 6:36pm
      Jan 16, 2022
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      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

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      • 1 rides
      • 16 miles avg distance
      6 Months
      • 37 rides
      • 17 miles avg distance
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      • 581 rides
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      Routes with this trail

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      Ride up to Red Box and down to JPL32 miles
      Red Box to JPL15 miles

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      youtuber Gabrielino Trail — Redbox to Switzers |...
      12:43 | 660 | Jun 6, 2018 , Altadena
      Lollipop XC Loop Part 2: Red Box to Switzer |...
      22:14 | 66 | Dec 21, 2021 , Altadena
      Redbox to Switzer Falls (Gabrielino NRT)
      21:14 | 465 | Jul 11, 2019 , Altadena
      Red Box to Switzers | Strawberry Peak Part 4 -...
      17:09 | 231 | Apr 18, 2019 , Altadena
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