San Gabriel Peak

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Moderate, 2.6-mile round-trip, 1,000-foot elevation gain

Seven miles from town, at Eaton Saddle, step from your car to the edge of the pavement and stare down into Upper Eaton Canyon, one of the steepest in the range. That’s Pasadena 4,246 feet below. On your right the trail contours along a crumbling rock face (it was called Cliff Trail before rockfalls required boring Mueller Tunnel through the granite). At 0.5 miles, keep right past an old water tank, and take the trail tilting up to the right through the charred aftermath of the 2009 Station Fire. Continue carefully along the narrow, sometimes exposed trail another 0.7 miles to a T, then clamber up to the right for the final climb. Emerging at the 6,161-foot peak, you’ll realize it wasn’t much work for such a view. The urban checkerboard sprawls below, Catalina rests like a ship at anchor beyond, and mountains crowd around: Mount Wilson, with its spiky TV and radio towers; Mount Baldy and Cucamonga Peak to the east, with Strawberry Peak to the north. To the west, the Santa Monicas submerge and resurface as the Channel Islands off of Santa Barbara. View map.

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