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San Gabriel Wilderness
IUCN Category Ib (Wilderness Area)
Map of the United States
Location Los Angeles County, California, USA
Nearest city Pasadena, California
Coordinates 34°14′48″N 117°59′08″W / 34.24667°N 117.98556°W / 34.24667; -117.98556Coordinates: 34°14′48″N 117°59′08″W / 34.24667°N 117.98556°W / 34.24667; -117.98556
Area 36,118 acres (146.16 km2)
Established 1968
Governing body U.S. Forest Service

The San Gabriel Wilderness is a wilderness area created in 1968 of more than 36,118 acres (150 km²) within the Angeles National Forest. The area lies on the southern slopes of the San Gabriel Mountains, between the Angeles Crest and the West Fork of the San Gabriel River.[1]

The area was originally set aside as the Devils Canyon-Bear Canyon Primitive Area of 35,000 acres.[2]

Permits are not required to enter the San Gabriel wilderness.

The following trails provide access:

  • Bear Creek Trail - An eleven mile trail, with trailheads near Rincon and Coldbrook Ranger Stations, both on Highway 39.
  • Mt. Waterman Trail - A ten mile (16 km) trail, from Three Points to Buckhorn, with a one mile side trail to Twin Peaks Saddle.
  • Devil's Canyon Trail - A four mile trail down into rugged Devil's Canyon.


  1. ^ " San Gabriel Wilderness". Retrieved 2007-12-24.  
  2. ^ Godfrey, Anthony The Ever-Changing View-A History of the National Forests in California USDA Forest Service Publishers, 2005 p.445 ISBN 1-59351-428-X

External links

Angeles National Forest website, San Gabriel Wilderness accessed Oct.7, 2008



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