6 miles
Distance
1,466 ft
Climb
-3,052 ft
Descent
00:44:03
Avg time
Trail Supporters, Builders & Maintainers of Upper Gabrelino Trail

Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
  • 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
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • TTFs on Trail
    Rock Garden
  • Global Ranking
    #30544 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    70 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 5 in Trail Running
    • 85 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.

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
    00:44:03
  • Avg reverse time
    00:27:04
  • view trail stats
Status:
on Sep 21, 2019
Dry
Avg: 3.55 (7 votes)

view (181)
close
Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
Trail Ridden Direction
Trailforks scans users ridelogs to determine the most popular direction each trail is ridden. A good flowing trail network will have most trails flowing in a single direction according to their intension.
The colour categories are based on what percentage of riders are riding a trail in its intended direction.
  • > 96%
  • > 90%
  • > 80%
  • > 70%
  • > 50%
  • < 50%
Trail Last Ridden
Trailforks scans ridelogs to determine the last time a trail was ridden.
  • < 2 days
  • < 1 week
  • < 2 weeks
  • < 1 month
  • < 6 months
  • > 6 months
Trail Ridden Direction
The intended direction a trail should be ridden.
  • Downhill Only
  • Downhill Primary
  • Both Directions
  • Uphill Primary
  • Uphill Only
  • One Direction
ContributeDetails
Colors indicate trail is missing specified detail.
  • Description
  • Photos
  • Description & Photos
  • Videos
Trail Popularity ?
Trailforks scans ridelogs to determine which trails are ridden the most in the last 9 months. Trails are compared with nearby trails in the same city region with a possible 25 colour shades. Think of this as a heatmap, more rides = more kinetic energy = warmer colors.
  • most popular
  • popular
  • less popular
  • not popular

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

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

  • 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 Groomed
  • 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
  • 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
  • Cabin Cabin
  • Lodge Lodge
  • Bear Cache Bear Cache
  • Dock Dock
  • Ranger Station Ranger Station
  • Summit Summit
  • Other Other
      Directions to upper-gabrelino-trail trailhead (34.266276, -118.145680)
      update trails status or condition

      Upper Gabrelino... Trail Reports

      statusdatedescription
      Sep 21, 2019 @ 9:14am
      Sep 21, 2019
      a couple fallen trees and soft corners
      Sep 14, 2019 @ 10:07am
      Sep 14, 2019
      Lots of fallen trees and hike-a-bike sections, washed out sections north of Ken Burton where the trail is less ridden. Needs major maintenance...
      Jul 7, 2019 @ 9:12am
      Jul 7, 2019
      Good shape overall. Several little rock slides making a few of the cliff spots a little nasty. But easily walk over them.
      May 6, 2019 @ 1:57pm
      May 6, 2019
      downed trees and a rock slide making you dismount and walk around/ over, but the rest of the trail was in great shape
      Jan 6, 2019 @ 12:58pm
      Jan 6, 2019
      3 or 4 down trees from Red Box to the campgrounds.
      view all reports »

      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

      Past Week
      • 0 rides
      •  
      6 Months
      • 22 rides
      • 23 miles avg distance
      All
      • 222 rides
      •  

      Photos

      more »
      73 |
      Nov 24, 2018 @ 8:09am
      Nov 24, 2018
      72 |
      Nov 24, 2018 @ 8:09am
      Nov 24, 2018
      67 |
      Nov 24, 2018 @ 8:09am
      Nov 24, 2018
      31 |
      Nov 24, 2018 @ 8:09am
      Nov 24, 2018

      4 Reviews & Comments

      • + 1
      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]
      • + 1
      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]
      • + 1
      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.
      [Reply]

      Post a Comment



      You must login to Pinkbike.
      Don't have an account? Sign up

      Join Pinkbike  Login

      Videos

      more »
      Upper Gabrielino to Lower Gabrielino / Black...
      24:48 | 48 | Jul 11, 2019 , Altadena
      The Epic Gabrielino Trail | San Gabriel...
      38:35 | 119 | Jan 3, 2019 , Altadena
      Gabrielino Trail — Switzers to JPL, part 2 |...
      19:36 | 176 | Sep 19, 2018 , Altadena
      Gabrielino Trail — Switzers to JPL, part 1 |...
      17:26 | 252 | Sep 12, 2018 , Altadena
      • subscribe
      • flag
      • login to download gpx or kml files.