Extremely rugged and scenic terrain ranging in elevation from about 1,600 feet to 8,200 feet predominates in San Gabriel Wilderness. Dense thickets of chaparral in the low country yield to mixed pine- and fir-covered slopes and ridge tops, which rise in turn to majestic peaks and meadows rich with spring wildflowers. The area lies on the southern slopes of the San Gabriel Mountains, between the Angeles Crest highway, and the West Fork of the San Gabriel River. We are proud to mention that this wilderness area is also within the newly designated, San Gabriel Mountains National Monument. A variety of wildlife live in the higher elevations. Several paths lead into the interior of the area, where you can venture off-trail into some regions without too much difficulty. There are three entryways: Bear CreekTrail (11 miles); Mount Waterman Trail (10 miles), with a one-mile-long side trail to Twin Peak Saddle; and Devil's Canyon Trail, which drops four miles into the Devil's canyon itself. Wood fires are not permitted because high fire danger threatens year-round. Backpacking stoves are permitted with a valid fire permit. Human use is moderate. Trails within this wilderness include: - Devils Canyon - Mt. Waterman - Twin Peaks - Bear Creek
Leave No Trace
How to follow the seven standard Leave No Trace principles differs in different parts of the country (desert vs. Rocky Mountains). Click on any of the principles listed below to learn more about how they apply in the San Gabriel Wilderness.
Digital and paper maps are critical tools for wilderness visitors. Online maps can help you plan and prepare for your visit ahead of time. You can also carry digital maps with you on your GPS unit or other handheld GPS device. Having a paper map with you in the backcountry, as well as solid orienteering skills, however, ensures that you can still route-find in the event that your electronic device fails.
Motorized equipment and equipment used for mechanical transport is generally prohibited in all wilderness areas.
This includes the use of motor vehicles, motorboats, motorized equipment, bicycles, hang gliders, wagons, carts, portage wheels, and the landing of aircraft including helicopters.