Trailhead: San Gabriel Peak
Trail: San Gabriel Peak Trailhead to San Gabriel Peak
Stats: From trailhead to peak: 1.8 miles, 1,411′ gain; from peak to trailhead 1.8 miles, 1,411 loss; round trip: 3.6 miles 1,411′ gain and loss.
Last Hiked: 1–8-2012
Trail Segments: From the trailhead, take the Lower San Gabriel Peak Trail to the junction with Mt. Disappointment Road. Proceed up Mt. Disappointment Road to the Saddle between Mt. Disappointment and San Gabriel Peak. At the saddle, turn east (left) and proceed short distance, go down the trail leading off Mt. Disappointment Road, and continue up past the junction with the South San Gabriel Peak Trail. Continue up the Upper San Gabriel Peak Trail to the peak.
Peaks: San Gabriel Peak
This hike is one of my favorites largely because it terminates at the highest peak in the Angeles Forest front country area south of Angeles Crest Highway. The views are spectacular in all directions and the peak itself is only the size of a large room offering a wonderful perch for 360 degree viewing. There’s also a nice bench to relax on and take in the excellent views of too many peaks to name and to see as far away as Catalina Island on a clear day. All this for a measly 3.6 miles round trip. I consider this one a “must do.”