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San Gabriel Peak (6,161') from Lake Ave. 16.5 miles/4,400' gain

  • Feb 3, 2013 · 8:00 AM
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This hike starts from Cobb Estate gate via the Lower Sam Merrill trail to Echo Mountain then takes Castle Canyon trail to Inspiration Point Saddle up Mt. Lowe summit via the East trail for lunch, then to San Gabriel Peak. This hike ascends almost the whole way up. On the way down we take the Sunset trail back to Lower Sam Merrill trail.

Distance: 16.5 miles approx.

Elevation Gain: 4,400 ft approx.

Hike Time: 7 hours approx.

Difficulty: Moderately Strenuous

Trail Condition: OK, a few difficult spots, and some snow possible in shaded places and on north slope of San Gabriel Peak trail.

HikeType: Loop

Bring: 3 liters of water, snacks, lunch, boots, hiking poles, rain/wind breaker, jacket, hat, gloves. Ten essentials.

Poodle Dog Bush is present after Station Fire:


Heavy rain/snow or fire cancels.

Getting to the Trailhead:
From the I-210 Foothill Freeway in Pasadena, exit at Lake Avenue. Drive north for 3.4 miles to the end of Lake Avenue (where it intersects with the terminus of Loma Alta Drive running east and west). Park along the street, read signs. The hike begins to the right of the stone gateway on the east side of the street.

***WARNING: I am only suggesting this hike. Join me if you like the outdoors. I am not a professional guide, nor responsible for your safety. Hike at your own risk and comfort level. Plan, Plan, Plan so you have a good time outdoors.

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  • marsha

    Thanks Brian and was a beautiful day and the views and company were impressive mileage

    February 4, 2013

  • Laura W

    I did this today, though I did San Gabriel first and then Mt Lowe on the way back... no snow at all on San Gabriel Peak or Mt Lowe. Total mileage was probably ~ 16.5 - 16.75 miles

    January 27, 2013

    • Laura W

      It also had snow the weekend of Jan 12-13, but apparently no more!

      January 27, 2013

    • brian k

      Laura, Feb. 4th, snow is gone.

      February 4, 2013

  • brian k

    We hiked a total of 18.7 miles. Thanks for joining me, see you soon.

    1 · February 4, 2013

  • Klear S.

    A really nice day, thanks everyone!

    February 3, 2013

  • brian k

    See you all in the morning.

    February 2, 2013

  • Lolo M.

    hope you will schedule to do this hike again at a later date

    January 26, 2013

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