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.
Trail Detail Map