Hiking in San Gabriel Canyon

Area Description

Rugged mountains and foothills for a spectacular backdrop to a community where people have lived for more than 6,000 years. From the snow-covered peak of Mt. San Antonio towering over 10,000 feet, the San Gabriel river drains a watershed of more than 600 square miles.

The undeveloped areas of river flood plain create corridors of wetlands for wildlife and fish, including steelhead trout. Tributary streams are lined with willow, cottonwood, sycamore, and alders. Higher up are mountain forests, which are home to bobcats, mountain lions, and bears.

This not only provides a diverse and spectacular back drop to the city, but a destination for recreation, mountain biking, hiking, and fishing.