6 miles
Distance
1,466 ft
Climb
-3,052 ft
Descent
00:24:49
Avg time
Trail Supporters, Builders & Maintainers of Upper Gabrelino Trail

Details

  • Riding Area
    Brown Mountain
    Altadena, California
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    AM, XC
  • Trail Usage
    Biking Primary
  • Direction
    Both Directions
    Popular direction shown
  • Climb Difficulty
    Black Diamond
  • Physical Rating
    Moderate
  • TTFs on Trail
    Rock Garden
  • Global Ranking
    #30544 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    75 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 5 in Trail Running
    • 100 in Hiking

A winding, exposed cross-country styled downhill with fair amount of tech though multiple ecological zones. Recently restored after a ten year absence, the classic route can be ridden from Switzers station to JPL.

Local Trail Association
More Stats for Upper Gabrelino Trail bike trail
  • Altitude change
    -1,586 ft
  • Altitude min
    1,665 ft
  • Altitude max
    3,257 ft
  • Altitude start
    3,251 ft
  • Altitude end
    1,665 ft
  • Grade
    -5.013%
  • Grade max
    -95.465%
  • Grade min
    79.201%
  • Distance climb
    2 miles
  • Distance down
    4 miles
  • Distance flat
    2,465 ft
  • Avg time
    00:24:49
  • Avg reverse time
    00:27:04
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Status:
on Jan 6, 2019
Dry
Avg: 3.8 (5 votes)

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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
Trail Ridden Direction

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  • > 80%
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  • > 50%
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  • Downhill Only
  • Downhill Primary
  • Both Directions
  • Uphill Primary
  • Uphill Only
  • One Direction

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Trail Difficulties
  • Access Road/Trail
  • White
  • Green
  • Blue
  • Black
  • Double Black Diamond

Trail Report Status
  • Clear / Green
  • Minor Issue / Yellow
  • Significant Issue / Amber
  • Closed or Major Issue / Red

  • Land Owner Overlay
  • Wilderness (typically no bikes in USA)
  • BLM (public)
  • USFS (Wildlife sanctuaries darker than usfs)
  • State land
  • Indigenous
  • Military
Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
  • Map Markers
  • trail Trail Head
  • photo Photo
  • place Directory Listing
  • region Riding Area
  • TTF TTF
  • Parking Parking
  • Viewpoint Viewpoint
  • Information Information
  • Warning Warning
  • Directions Directions
  • Water Fountain/Source Water Fountain/Source
  • Sight Sight
  • Restrooms Restrooms
  • Gate Gate
  • Camping Camping
  • Trail Sign Trail Sign
  • Table or Bench Table or Bench
  • Other Other
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      Upper Gabrelino... Trail Reports

      datedescription
      Jan 6, 2019 @ 12:58pm
      Jan 6, 2019
      3 or 4 down trees from Red Box to the campgrounds.
      Nov 23, 2018 @ 11:11am
      Nov 23, 2018
      Trail is in great shape after the rain
      Nov 19, 2018 @ 8:33pm
      Nov 19, 2018
      Rode on Sunday Nov 18. Some water in the creek below the Parking lot
      Sep 2, 2018 @ 10:35am
      Sep 2, 2018
      Sep 24, 2017 @ 11:52am
      Sep 24, 2017
      All good. Mostly dry with some creek crossings.
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      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

      Past Week
      • 1 rides
      • 16 miles avg distance
      6 Months
      • 62 rides
      • 20 miles avg distance
      All
      • 222 rides
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      Upper Gabrelino Trail

      4 Reviews & Comments

      • + 0
      flag CrashOC (Oct 29, 2017 at 21:14)
       This is a tough trail to ride up. You spend a bit of time grinding through sand and rock in a riverbed. The climb is switchbacks cut into the hillside. The trail is narrow, the exposure is daunting, the dirt is loose rocky loamy soil. I’m sure advanced cyclists with narrower bars can handle this no problem but for me it was a lot of hiking.
      [Reply]
      • + 1
      flag brundlefly (Sep 9, 2018 at 17:18)
       This trail was recently restored and is now fully open. Shuttle up to Red Box for a solid 15 mile DH with way less climbing.
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      flag elzumpango (Nov 24, 2018 at 8:07)
       Beautiful views on tight singletrack. Very exposed however, recommend riding very carefully if it’s your first time. It’s a jaw clencher!
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      flag Stewiethapilot (Nov 25, 2018 at 0:32)
       Be ready for a soulsucking ride before the climb, the first portion is not uphill, but riding on the loose sand and gravel is a real energy user. The climb is steep, have tons and water and bring a snack or two.
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