San Gabriel Mountains National Monument Hiking

The newly formed and protected San Gabriel Mountains National Monument offers tons of epic hiking trails for all levels. The San Gabriel Mountains offer some of the greatest biodiversity in the country, and are within an hour of Los  Angeles.

Don’t forget to leave your parks pass on your dashboard when you do these hikes.

Name Distance Level Location Climb Dogs
Strawberry Peak Hike7.2ModerateAzusa1720Y
Mount Baden-Powell Hike8.3HardVincent Gap2800Y
Mt Baldy Hike11HardMt Baldy3990Y
Cucamonga Peak Hike12HardMt Baldy4200Y
Hike Mt Baldy on the Bear Canyon Trail13Very HardMt Baldy5650Y
Mt Wilson Hike From Chantry Flat14.5HardSierra Madre4600Y
Mt Wilson Trail Hike14.5HardSierra Madre5640N
Hike the Three T’s Trail16HardMt Baldy5110Y
Strawberry Peak Hike

Strawberry Peak Hike

7.2 miles - Moderate

This Strawberry Peak hike offers a ton of great scenery in a relatively short distance. You wind around a ridge on Mt Lawlor with spectacular views, then do a short but tough climb to Strawberry Peak, the highest point in the front range of the San Gabriels at 6,164ft. You’ll earn great views of LA, Mt Wilson, and Mt Baldy. It’s a fun hike on its own, but even more attractive if you want to get a mountain climb in to build confidence for the higher peaks in the area.

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Mt Wilson Trail Hike

Mt Wilson Trail Hike

14.5 miles - Hard

The Mt Wilson Trail is the oldest route to the summit to Mt Wilson. Unlike the popular route to Mt Wilson from Chantry Flat, the Mt Wilson Trail is mellow and lacks the crowds and kids looking for the waterfall. The Mt Wilson Trail offers beautiful views as it ascends the side of Little Santa Anita Canyon, and being the oldest trail, offers some historical landmarks as well. If you’ve only hiked Mt Wilson from Chantry Flat, I highly recommend giving this route a try too.

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old mt baldy trail

Hike Mt Baldy on the Bear Canyon Trail

13 miles - Very Hard

Everyone hikes Mt Baldy from Manker Flats, but have you done it on the Bear Canyon Trail? Also known as Old Mt Baldy Trail, this hike leaves from Mt Baldy Village on it’s way to the summit. Unlike the main hike up Mt Baldy (via Baldy Notch), the Bear Canyon Trail is usually not as crowded. That’s because it’s harder. It climbs 5740 feet in 6 miles. There are sections that are very steep. It’d doable with a decent level of fitness. This hike is a good choice for those who have hiked Mt Baldy from Manker Flats and now want to do it again, without all the hub-bub.

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three ts trail hike

Hike the Three T’s Trail

16 miles - Hard

The Three T’s Trail hike is one of the more peaceful hikes in the Mt Baldy area. This loop hike starts at Icehouse Canyon, climbs to Icehouse Saddle, then hits Timber Mountain (elevation 8,303ft), Telegraph Peak (elevation 8,985ft), and Thunder Mountain (elevation 8,587ft), and then descends down to Baldy Notch, Manker Flats, and back to Icehouse Canyon. It’s a long hike, but a favorite for those avoiding crowds.

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Cucamonga Peak Hike summit

Cucamonga Peak Hike

12 miles - Hard

With one of the coolest summits in the San Gabriel Mountains, the Cucamonga Peak hike is a favorite. Cucamonga Peak, at 8,862 feet, has spectacular views of the LA sprawl, the desert, and surrounding peaks. The climb is tough but not brutal, the scenery and views are awesome, and the crowds aren’t as bad as Mount Baldy. You might even see some bighorn sheep!

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Mt Wilson Hike From Chantry Flat

Mt Wilson Hike From Chantry Flat

14.5 miles - Hard

Mt Wilson, at 5,712 feet, is the peak with all the radio towers that sits behind the LA skyline. It’s not the tallest peak in LA, but it’s a great hike with a fun summit. Multiple hiking trails ascend Mt Wilson. This hike starts at Chantry Flat, which gives you a gentler climb to the Mt Wilson summit, a trailhead store, bathrooms, and great views of LA on the way down. It’s a fun hike and a good long hike for beginners.

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mt baldy hike

Mt Baldy Hike

11 miles - Hard

This 11 mile Mt Baldy hike brings you to the highest point in LA at 10,064 feet. With almost 4000 feet of climbing, it’s a tough yet popular hike, and well worth the effort. You can see from the Pacific to the Mojave on a clear day. There are a few ways to hike Mt Baldy, and this guide takes you on the most popular route.

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Mount Baden-Powell Hike

Mount Baden-Powell Hike

8.3 miles - Hard

The Mount Baden-Powell hike packs a lot into a relatively short distance. On your way to the summit of Mt Baden-Powell (9,399 feet), you’ll experience the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) where you can channel your inner Reese Witherspoon, 40 hardcore switchbacks, a monument for Mt Baden-Powell’s namesake, Lord Baden-Powell, they guy who founded the Boy Scouts, a barren saddle with jaw-dropping views, and a 1500-year old limber pine. And at the summit you’ll enjoy sweeping panoramic views of the San Gabriel Mountains. So you got all that going for you if you do the hike. It’s tough but very doable, I highly recommend it.

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