The Gabrielino Trail is a furbulous 28-mile point-to-point trail near Altadena, California that treks through the Angeles National Forest. Dog owners love this furrific trail because their adventure dogs are allowed to join them, on leash of course!
Purchasing a parking pass for $5 a day, or $30 for a year, allows you to park at several different trailheads within the Angeles National Forest. While the entire trail would take about 15 hours to complete, many hikers choose to hike just a portion of the trail. You have several different options for length and difficulty, while still getting to see all sorts of beautiful sights along the way.
This busy hike is pawpular with families, dog walkers, and mountain bikers. Some sections of the trail are quite narrow, so you'll need to be on the lookout for passing cyclists. Many sections of the trail have only a modest elevation gain, meaning hikers of all experience levels can complete it, but hiking the entire trail is only recommended for experienced hikers.
One of the many things hikers love about this trail is the variety of surroundings you'll see along the way. Some parts of the trail are heavily wooded, and before long, you'll be hiking in an area that resembles desert. You'll also get to experience part of the Debris Dam Formation, where you can pause and appreciate a breathtaking waterfall.
Although the hike can be quite pupular, you'll likely still experience many moments of solitude along your journey. The sound of rushing water and your happy, panting dog may be your only companions for many portions of the trail.
During your hike, you'll often see deer. There are also some bears in the area, and though rarely seen by hikers, be vigilant and keep your dog leashed through the forest. Be vigilant during your hike. Be sure to pack lots of water and clean-up bags, and always pick up after your dog.
You and your dog are going to love hiking the Gabrielino Trail together!