The Gabrielino Trail is a 28-mile point-to-point trail near Altadena, California in the Angeles National Forest that's rated as difficult. Dog owners love this furrific trail because their pets are allowed to join them for their trek as long as they're on a leash. If you purchase a parking pass for $5 a day or $30 annually, you can park at several different trailheads within the park. 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 the desert. You'll also get to experience part of the Debris Dam Formation, where you'll see a breathtaking waterfall.
Although the hike can be busy, 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, but they're rarely seen by hikers. Be vigilant during your hike. You'll also see less dangerous plants like sycamore, maple, and oak trees. Be sure to pack lots of water and clean up after your pet along the way.
You and your dog are going to love hiking the Gabrielino Trail together!