San Gabriel Mountains
San Gabriel Mountains
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This mountain range provides the only natural barrier to the expansion of Los Angeles.
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Fremont, CA175,391 contributions
Sep 2013 • Couples
When you are in San Gabriel Valley area (Pasadena area), those beautiful mountains you see each day are the amazing San Gabriel Mountains. On a day after it rains, they just sparkle. They are the back drop you see to the Rose Parade on New Years Day each year.

But the fun thing about the San Gabriel Mountains is the mountain areas itself. There are lakes such as Crystal Lakes. There is the scenic drive (Angeles Crest Scenic Byway) that goes through the San Gabriel Mountains (well worth a drive if in the area). There is the Mount Wilson Observatory. There is the 10,000 ft plus Mount Baldy - on a clear winter day after it snows there, its amazing.

There are hikes, lake play, fishing, bike riding and more in the San Gabriel Mountains.

There are fall trails to Sturtevant Falls in the Chantry Flat area.

There is so much to enjoy here - go explore and you will find more.
Written July 17, 2014
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sunshine323m
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Rivers, natural springs,walking trails, and trees all over. Dont forget the water dam and driving your 4x4 trucks to the mud trails were people take 4 wheelers dirt bikes and get all dirty. I dont know what's the name of that spor, there is a fee for that. The rest is free to do water ever your nature interest tells you to.
Written November 27, 2011
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Don M
Bangkok, Thailand370 contributions
Aug 2015 • Friends
If you need to just get away from it all, get some fresh air, and willing to do a little bit of walking, the San Gabriel's are one of your better bets.

It's a fairly easy walk and so enjoy yourselves. Be careful of and obey traffic.
Written August 24, 2015
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Janetta S
83 contributions
These were originally the Sierra Madres & there is supposed to be some lost gold out there.

This mountain range runs from east to west & with the Verdugos Mountains are the only range in the US to do so.

They are also the fastest growing range in the US as well.

They cut off south moving cold & are high enough to stop rain on their north side.

There is a diverse geology & gem stones can be found if you know where to look.

My favorite mountains are Mt Lukens north of Montrose. Mt Wilson north of Pasadena & Old Baldy the furtherest to the east & the tallest of the range.

There is too much that can be said about the area so do some research on your own, then go enjoy them.

Written February 3, 2014
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Mike K
Phoenix, AZ1,325 contributions
Jan 2016 • Family
It's hard to believe you are so close to this much population. There are lots of hiking trails and streams easily accessible for day hikes and overnight camping (You need a permit). My favorites are: Old Baldy, 5th stream crossing, and Ice House Canyon.
Written January 24, 2016
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Grover R
Pensacola, FL17,681 contributions
Jul 2016 • Couples
The first 2 days we were in LA it was clear and cooler and these mountains loomed over the city and could be easily seen if coming out of LAX or in Long Beach. As things heated up there were a little more difficult to see from a distance. Still, once we got into LA, they again were massive and omnipresent. One of the best places to view them was from Griffith Park where they provided a very cool backdrop. You never think about LA as a mountain city but it has just as impressive mountains as Denver or St. Lake. I would have love to hiked them as well but I certainly enjoyed the view.
Written August 3, 2016
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TurandotBeau
Los Angeles, CA27 contributions
Feb 2016 • Friends
Mt. Lukens, at just over 5000 ft, is the highest point within the LA city limit. I have heard that the Stone Canyon trail to Mt. Lukens is one of the tougher hikes in the area and decided to take on it. I am quite an avid hiker myself and have done many long day hikes (>10 miles, including the Kalalau Trail in Kauai) often, but this one, is indeed one of the hardest I have experienced. The total distance from the remote parking lot off the Big Tujunga Canyon Rd to the summit is just shy of 10 miles R/T, and the elevation gain is about 3300 feet in 4 miles. On top of the relatively rapid elevation gain, the condition of the trail adds much additional difficulty. Though the trail itself seems maintained (I think), it is rather rocky/gravely throughout, so finding your footing sometimes slows down your pace. Furthermore, the trail itself is overwhelmingly unshaded - although I started the hike on a chilly early Feburary morning, I got really hot from Mile 2 because of the sun exposure. So you have been warned. However, all the above should not scare you off, if you want some fun physical challenge and/or some quality time with the wild untamed nature. And of course, you are rewarded with an expansive view of the San Fernando Valley and vast LA metro area at the summit.
Written March 24, 2016
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photojesse
Tampa, FL77 contributions
The Views are to Die For...the Air is Crisp and Clean...the Water Fresh...Simply Spectacular!!! A Must See when in the Pasadena Area... :)
Written October 4, 2014
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Cavydad
Camarillo, CA2,205 contributions
Jul 2019 • Couples
So near yet far away! Easy to access on the Angeles Crest Highway or simply drive to Eaton Canyon in Pasadena. Or hike to the Bridge to Nowhere above Azusa. Drive to the Mount Wilson Observatory or even hike there from Pasadena.

So much to explore and so close to the city. Hike, camp, picnic or simply take a scenic drive from La Canada to Palmdale.

Spectacular and often overlooked experience.

Too many view the San Gabriel Mountains as a backdrop for Los Angeles and the Rose Bowl!
Written July 14, 2019
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bfindysz
Jerusalem District, Israel655 contributions
Jan 2019 • Family
On a beautiful Saturday morning we took off for a day trip up in the mountains to the southwest of Antelope Valley. Barely an hour from Quartz Hill we found ourselves high enough up to feel the cold. After a week of rain and cold in the valley we also found lots of snow higher up in these mountains. And although they were not accessible to daytrippers like us the peaks were all full of the white stiff. And the hillsides were taking on a green fuzz from rhe rainfall.
Written January 20, 2019
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