Map of the San Gabriel River Trail


San Gabriel River Trail

San gabriel River Trail California map area

San Gabriel River Trail


38 miles


paved / unpaved


Asuza, Duarte, Irwindale, Baldwin Park, El Monte, Whittier, Pico Rivera, Santa Fe Springs, Downey, Norwalk, Cerritos, Bellflower, Lakewood, Los Alamitos, Long Beach, Seal Beach


San Gabriel River channel, local parks, residential neighborhoods


Long Beach Path
Los Angeles River Trail
Rio Hondo Bike Path
Coyote Creek Bikeway


Los Angeles

The San Gabriel River Trail is a 38-mile long paved and unpaved pathway that extends from the mouth of San Gabriel Canyon north of Covina to Seal Beach in Southern California. The trail travels along the banks of the San Gabriel River Channel through multiple cities to the east of Los Angeles.

The trail travels through a variety of landscapes, past sagebrush covered hillsides, going by lush wetlands and alongside miles of stark concrete channels, next to industrial areas, residential sections, golf courses, commercial areas and then the beach communities. It provides a freeway-free zone for those that want to ride with few street crossings. The trail also connects a number of regional parks for trail users that wish to take a break or to park and travel for a portion of the trail.


The San Gabriel River Trail has paved and unpaved portions. The trail is open for bike riding, running and walking. Most of the route is away from streets with long uninterrupted stretches and there are underpasses for crossing major roadways. Horses are allowed on some sections of the trail.

The trail drops a total of 669 feet in elevation, with the biggest climb at the far northern section of the trail.


The San Gabriel River Trail goes through, or nearby to, the following Southern California communities:

Asuza Downey
Duarte Norwalk
Irwindale Cerritos
Baldwin Park Bellflower
El Monte Lakewood
Whittier Los Alamitos
Pico Rivera Long Beach
Santa Fe Springs Seal Beach
Points of Interest

The San Gabriel River Trail goes past the following parks, schools, regional trails and other points of interest:

Santa Fe Dam Recreation Center Valley Christian High School
Santa Fe Dam Nature Center Valley Christian Middle School
Mountain View High School Liberty Park and Fitness Center
Whittier Narrows Santa Fe Springs Park
Pico Rivera Bicentennial Park Monte Verde Park
Twin Lakes Elementary School Rynerson Park
Wilderness Park Ernest S. McBride High School
Rio San Gabriel Park El Dorado Regional Park
Legg Lake Coyote Creek Bikeway
Whittier Narrows Natural Area Edison Park
South El Monte High School Alamitos Bay
Rio Hondo Bike Path Seal Beach
End Points

The northeast end of the San Gabriel River Trail is located at the mouth of the San Gabriel Canyon along Highway 39, San Gabriel Canyon Road, at a point just west of the intersection with Old San Gabriel Canyon  Road in Azusa. There is a trailhead about 1-mile west of the terminus, near the intersection of San Gabriel Canyon Road and Ranch Road. Another large trailhead is located off of Huntington Drive / Foothill Boulevard in Irwindale. The bike path then heads south round the dam and the Santa Fe Recreation Area.

The southwest end of the San Gabriel River Trail is located where the San Gabriel River meets the Pacific Ocean at Seal Beach.


Following are links to official off-site resources to find out more details about the San Gabriel River Trail in Southern California.