4 miles
Distance
849 ft
Climb
-335 ft
Descent
00:43:50
Avg time
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Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
  • Riding Area
    Brown Mountain
    Altadena, California
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
    Mixed
  • Bike Type
    AM, XC
  • Trail Usage
    Multi-use
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Climb Difficulty
    Green
  • Physical Rating
    Easy
  • Season
    Year Round
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • eBike Allowed
  • Global Ranking
    #22470 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    85 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 5 in Trail Running
    • 100 in Hiking

This lowest section of the Gabrelino Trail is probably as beginner as it gets in the San Gabriel Mountains when it comes to single track, and even so, its still a very fun ride. Starting at the JPL Parking Lot on Windsor, you ride the same paved access road as you would to ride El Prieto, but at the first fork in the road, hang a Left, rather than a Right. From here you continue on a mix of fire road and single track to the final destination... an old Forest Service Dam and man made "waterfall" where you can rest and have a snack before you ride back. This trail has a good mix of stream crossings, some mild chunk, some tiny exposure, and is not a strenuous ride what-so-ever. It's great to ride on a hot day as most of the trail is tree covered, but beware of hiker overload, as tons of people hike this route in big groups.

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More Stats for Lower Gabrelino Trail mountain bike trail
  • Altitude change
    514 ft
  • Altitude min
    1,151 ft
  • Altitude max
    1,712 ft
  • Altitude start
    1,168 ft
  • Altitude end
    1,683 ft
  • Grade
    2.29%
  • Grade max
    -53.885%
  • Grade min
    42.068%
  • Distance climb
    3 miles
  • Distance down
    4,473 ft
  • Distance flat
    3,941 ft
  • Avg time
    00:43:50
  • Avg reverse time
    00:45:02
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Status:
on Jul 19, 2020
Dry
Avg: 3.9 (10 votes)

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Trail Conditions
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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
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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
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  • Lodge Lodge
  • Bear Cache Bear Cache
  • Dock Dock
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  • Summit Summit
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      Lower Gabrelino... Trail Reports

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      Jul 19, 2020 @ 7:38pm
      Jul 19, 2020
      Hiiikkkeeerrrsss but still beautiful.
      Jun 15, 2020 @ 7:58am
      Jun 15, 2020
      Great ride, tons of hikers on weekends and gets pretty technical at the top. I’m a beginner and anytime i get not good i just walked. Was prob...
      Mar 2, 2020 @ 3:32pm
      Mar 2, 2020
      reporter
      Jan 3, 2020 @ 10:41am
      Jan 3, 2020
      Rivers are a little high but fjordable. Plan to get wet 8n the crossings. Dirt is riding great
      Dec 14, 2019 @ 12:07pm
      Dec 14, 2019
      There were a lot of fallen trees and the creek crossings are high. There was also a lot of very rocky sections
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      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

      Past Week
      • 1 rides
      • 9 miles avg distance
      6 Months
      • 68 rides
      • 11 miles avg distance
      All
      • 232 rides
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      Jul 19, 2020 @ 7:39pm
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      Jul 19, 2020 @ 7:38pm
      Jul 19, 2020
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      Jun 15, 2020 @ 7:56am
      Jun 15, 2020
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      Jun 15, 2020 @ 7:56am
      Jun 15, 2020

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