San Gabriel Mountains

The San Gabriel Mountains are located in Los Angeles Southern California, USA. The mountains stretch east for 100 km from Newhall Pass, north of San Fernando, to Cajon Pass and define the northern extent of Los Angeles.

The San Gabriel Mountains have 124 named peaks. The highest and most prominent is Mount San Antonio which is 3068 meters high. It is best known as Mount Baldy. The lower part of the mountain contains sparsely scattered clusters of tree species such as white spruce, sugar pine, lodgepole pine and western yellow pine. The nearly 100 km long Mount Baldy Notch Trail is one of the most popular trails on the mountain, although the challenging route includes some steep sections on loose gravel and is only recommended for experienced hikers.

The San Gabriel Mountains are are steep mountain slopes that started to form over 6 million years ago.

San Gabriel Mountains
Hiking

San Gabriel Peak is one of the easiest peaks to reach. From there, the views of the Los Angeles Basin are stunning. The hike up to SA Gabriel Peak is shorter than 5 km back and forth.

In general, the slopes of San Gabriel’s mountain are incredibly steep and not the safest trails to hike for beginners. The best backpacking trails are found in the San Gabriel Mountains National Monument. There are trail maps and directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers.

Named after a nearby city, Ontario Peak is one of the many high peaks located within the Cucamonga Wilderness section of the San Gabriel Mountains. The high peak is known among outdoor enthusiasts. The Ontario Peak Trail is a 19.5 km round trip. The views and the beautiful mountains make the long road worth it. It is a very popular hiking trail, which means that it is often quite full of other hikers. To fully enjoy, the hike should begin early in the morning before it gets too hot and other people begin their hike.

Located along the northern border of the San Gabriel Wilderness is the tree-lined Waterman Mountain. The place is often covered with snow from winter to early spring and includes several small ski areas. In the summer, Waterman Mountain is most visited by hikers who walk the nearly 100-mile-long Mount Waterman Loop Trail. The climate is perfect for big horn shees that can be seen grazing along the grassy slopes. In spring, the slopes are covered with flowers.

In 1936, the bridge known as the “Bridge to Nowhere” was built. From the beginning, there was an idea to connect the nearby town of Wrightwood with the San Gabriel Valley. The project was abandoned after 1938 when East Fork Road, which was still under construction during that time, was washed away.