San Gabriel River – West Fork

You won’t find a better maintained trail for hiking or biking anywhere in Southern California. There is plenty of scenery (lush greenery, year-round stream, fishing, waterfalls). The entire trail hugs the San Gabriel River along the entire route. If you catch it after a heavy rainfall, you’ll be treated to multiple waterfalls along the canyon rim.

The trail ends at the Cogswell Dam which supplies the San Gabriel River with year-round water.

  • Highlights: Wooded canyon, numerous waterfalls, beautiful river, trout fishing, bicycle option
  • Near: Azusa, CA
  • Distance: 9.5 miles round trip
  • Elevation Gain/Loss: 465 ft
  • Hike Time: 4 hours
  • Difficulty: 4/10
  • Trail Condition: Fire road/pavement
  • Adventure Pass Required to Park
  • Rating: 4.5/5
  • Kid Friendly: Yes
  • Dog Friendly: Yes
  • GPX File Download: >>CLICK HERE<<

Getting to the Trail Head:
From Interstate 10 or the 210 freeway, exit on Azusa and head north 12 miles or so, paralleling the San Gabriel Dam on your right. Park on the left at the signed trail head, about a mile past Rincon Ranger station. Your trail is a paved road runs parallel to the stream on the left side of the water.

Google Map Link


Trail Detail Map


Trail Profile


Waterfall along San Gabriel River

Waterfall along San Gabriel River

west fork waterfall

West Fork Waterfall

west fork swimmers

west fork swimmers

west fork columbine

west fork columbine


One thought on “San Gabriel River – West Fork

  1. The weather was warm and perfect for swimming. The water falls are still flowing. As usual, the paved road was in perfect condition. The easiest hike you will ever do.

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