4 miles
716 ft
-2,048 ft
Avg time
Trail Supporters, Builders & Maintainers of Gabrielino (NRT) Trail


  • Riding area
    Angeles National Forest
    Altadena, California
  • AKA
  • Difficulty rating
  • Trail type
  • Bike type
    DH, AM, XC
  • Trail Usage
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Climb Difficulty
  • Physical rating
  • Season
    All year
  • eBike Allowed
  • TTFs on trail
    Rock Garden
  • Ride in rain
  • Global Ranking

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
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    1 miles
  • Distance down
    3 miles
  • Distance flat
    912 ft
  • Avg time
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on Dec 3, 2017
Avg: 3.75 (4 votes)

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Gabrielino Trail... Trail Reports

Dec 3, 2017 @ 7:19am
Dec 3, 2017
Nov 12, 2017 @ 10:42am
Nov 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.
Oct 22, 2017 @ 6:56am
Oct 22, 2017
Sep 17, 2017 @ 1:04pm
Sep 17, 2017
May 6, 2017 @ 7:22pm
May 6, 2017
There is overgrown vegetation on much of the trail. Shrubs on both sides over the the entire trail.
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Aug 14, 2005 @ 11:28pm
Aug 14, 2005
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Strawberry Peak XC Shred
1:00 | 68 | Aug 29, 2016 , Altadena
Red Box to Switzers run on Mt. Wilson
16:42 | 315 | Nov 23, 2013 , Altadena
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