San Gabriel Wilderness Area

Over 36,000 acres within the Angeles National Forest are designated as the San Gabriel Wilderness Area and have been set aside to preserve their wilderness character. The area encompasses some extremely rugged terrain, ranging in elevation from 1,600 to 8,200 feet. The lower elevations are covered with dense chaparral which rapidly changes to pine and fir-covered slopes and majestic peaks with glimpses of wildflowers and a variety of wildlife as you enter the upper elevations.

For a detailed description of the San Gabriel Wilderness area with associated maps, please follow this link to web site.

  • Wilderness Permits are not required for the San Gabriel Wilderness Area. You can enter the San Gabriel Wilderness on the following trails: 
  • Bear Creek Trail - An eleven mile trail, with trail heads near Rincon and Coldbrook Ranger Stations, both on Highway 39. 
  • Mt. Waterman Trail - A ten mile 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. 

If you have questions about the San Gabriel Wilderness, please contact any of the following Forest Service offices. Information concerning the 44,000 acre Sheep Mountain Wilderness Area, which is also within the Angeles National Forest - San Gabriel Mountains National Monument, may be obtained from these offices also.

Los Angeles River Ranger District

12371 N. Little Tujunga Canyon Road

San Fernando, CA 91342 (818) 899-1900

Monday thru Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 


San Gabriel Mountains National Monument

110 N. Wabash Ave.

Glendora, CA 91741 (626) 335-1251

Monday thru Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 


Chilao Visitor Center

Angeles Crest Highway (Hwy2)

La Canada, CA 91011

(626) 821-6764

Sun. 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
(Depending on available staffing)



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