San Gabriel River Trail

Trail Map

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The San Gabriel River Trail extends from the base of the San Gabriel Mountains all the way to the Pacific Ocean. A key component of Los Angeles County's transportation infrastructure, the trail connects to the Rio Hondo River Trail, Bellflower Bike Trail and Coyote Creek Bikeway, forming the backbone of a huge trail system for the region. An eventual connection to the Whittier Greenway Trail will provide additional recreational and transportation options for residents of that city.

The trail travels through an exceptionally diverse landscape. In the south, the trail follows the channelized river past a mix of industrial and residential surroundings, while the northern portion opens up to scenic vistas of the surrounding mountains. The trail and river—left to its natural course in the north—also passes through scenic protected areas here, including the Santa Fe Dam Recreation Area and Whittier Narrows.

Parking and Trail Access

Parking is available at two trailheads in Azusa: a small parking lot is located near the trail's northern end on San Gabriel Canyon Road (State Route 39), while a much larger parking lot can be found off E. Foothill Boulevard.

At the trail's southern end, park at the beach parking lot off 1st Street in Seal Beach. (Note that a parking fee is charged here.)


605 to Whittier 2.0 miles

   February, 2016 by neon6072

I ride this daily to my office. I really like that I can skip the cars and traffic. I wish there were more entry exit points. Sometimes gates are closed one day and open the next. I am a little concerned that someday I will have an issue with my bike more

The Good, Bad & Ugly

   February, 2016 by jmk355

I rode both the upper ends of the Rio Hondo and San Gabriel trails connecting via Rosemead Blvd with the help of locals who showed me the connection. At the dam, I climbed and went north to the end. A great ride, very scenic desert views north of dam more

Upper SGRT

   January, 2016 by danbridge

I started at the Santa fe dam. The trail stretches for miles along the top of the dam. Then it empties into Santa Fe dam recreational area. This is what the valley looked like back in the days of the indians. There is a nice nature center in the park. more