Hiking San Gabriel Valley

Hiking San Gabriel Valley Images

  • San Gabriel Mountains
Thursday, May 19, 2016

We know you come to the resort for relaxation and romance (and golf!) but if you want to stay active and enjoy impressive views of the Los Angeles area, check out these nearby hikes in the San Gabriel Valley!

San Gabriel Mountains National Monument

Though this area is part of the Angeles National Forest, these 346,177 acres are protected under The Antiquities Act of 1906. The monument is home to more than 600 archeological sites, two of which are included on the National Register of Historic Places.

Some of the most popular trails include:

  • Sturtevant Falls: Sturtevant Falls is a popular hike with locals and visitors as it’s an easy 3.25-mile trek to some striking waterfalls. Dogs are also welcome on this trail as long as they are leashed.
  • Big Santa Anita Canyon Loop: Big Santa Anita Canyon is a moderate 10-mile hike; however this trail comes upon the popular Sturtevant Falls and is less of a hike to that point. This trail is dog-friendly and the scenery on the trail is absolutely breathtaking. 
  • Echo Mountain: An Echo Mountain hike will make you wonder if you’re really near Los Angeles or not because of its incredible views! This 5.8-mile hike has around 1,400 ft. of elevation gain but the steady climb is worth it.
  • Dawn Mine: Dawn Mine is an abandoned mine in the San Gabriel Mountains and can be reached by foot on a moderate 6-mile roundtrip hike up Millard Canyon. 
  • Orchard Camp: Orchard Camp is a moderate 6.9-mile hike that was built by Benjamin Davis Wilson in 1852. The camp is the halfway point to the summit of Mt. Wilson and a popular spot for lunch.

Angeles National Forest

The Angeles National Forest is the overarching home of the San Gabriel Mountains National Monument and has plenty of hiking trails to explore, ranging from easy hikes to full-day, strenuous treks.

Hiking trail in Angeles National Forest

Easy trails

  • Cooper Canyon Falls: Cooper Canyon Falls is an easy 3.1-mile hike that covers hikers with its tree-lined trail. This trail does have a minor junction with the Pacific Crest Trail at the 1.4-mile marker.
  • Monrovia Canyon Falls: Monrovia Canyon Falls is a 2.6-mile easy to moderate hike with an elevation gain of 680 ft. This path is easy to follow and lined by trees and shade.
  • Moderate trails
  • Hermit Falls: Hermit Falls is a bit downstream of Sturtevant Falls and is only 2.6 miles roundtrip. This trail is popular with cliff jumpers and houses a swimming hole. This trail is often paired with a hike to Sturtevant Falls.
  • Mount Islip: Mount Islip is a 7-mile moderate hike with an impressive 1,627 ft. elevation gain. The trail is well-graded and lined with trees for shade and you’ll encounter an old stone cabin up near the summit!
  • The Devil’s Chair: The Devil’s Chair is a moderate 7.5-mile hike with just less than 600 ft. of elevation gain. This one’s popular to see the Devil’s Punchbowl formations made by the San Andreas Fault and the beautiful views along the trail.

Difficult trails

  • South Mount Hawkins: South Mount Hawkins is a difficult 11.6-mile trek with 3,169 ft. of elevation gain. The trail is a bit more isolated and less crowded and provides stunning views of the San Gabriel Mountain area. This trail is also dog-friendly as long as they are leashed.
  • Bighorn Peak and Ontario Peak: Bighorn and Ontario Peaks are found on a 13.9-mile trail with 3,698 ft. of elevation gain. The views of the peaks and valleys are wonderful and you might even see some bighorn sheep!
  • The Bridge to Nowhere: Hiking along the east fork of the San Gabriel River to The Bridge to Nowhere will lead you on a 10.1-mile trail with 809 ft. of elevation gain.  You will need to bring a lot of water as this trail has very little shade and strenuous stretches. The rocky views, river crossings, and bridge in the middle of nowhere are fun rewards for hiking this trail.

Bridge to Nowhere

And finally because we know you’re probably wondering about it; there are three hiking trails to the Hollywood sign, varying from easy to difficult. You can get near the sign via The Mt. Hollywood Trail, The Canyon Blvd. Trail, or The Cahuenga Peak Hike.

When planning a hiking excursion from Pacific Palms Resort, be sure to wear sturdy shoes or boots, layers, and take plenty of water! Keep an eye out for snakes too!

For our guests looking for a breath of fresh air but not planning on packing some hiking boots, you can still get out and talk a leisurely walk around our grounds! Take in the beautiful views and stay cool with our tree-lined perimeter. With our two golf courses, we’ve got 650 acres of ground to cover and our steep driveway can provide a great calf workout in just 20 minutes!

After a day of exploring the wilderness of Los Angeles County, come on back to relax in your fantastic accommodations at our resort or enjoy a refreshing dip in the pool.

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