The United States Congress designated the San Gabriel Wilderness (map
) in 1968 and it now has a total of 36,118 acres
All of this wilderness is located in California
and is managed by the Forest Service.
The San Gabriel Wilderness is bordered by
the Sheep Mountain Wilderness
to the west.
Extremely rugged and scenic terrain ranging in elevation from about 1,600 feet to 8,200 feet predominates in San Gabriel Wilderness. Dense thickets of chaparral in the low country yield to mixed pine- and fir-covered slopes and ridge tops, which rise in turn to majestic peaks and meadows rich with spring wildflowers. The area lies on the southern slopes of the San Gabriel Mountains, between the Angeles Crest and the West Fork of the San Gabriel River. A variety of wildlife lives in the higher elevations. Fishing will probably be fine in most of the streams.
Several paths lead into the interior of the area, where you can venture off-trail into some regions without too much difficulty. There are three entryways: Bear Creek (11 miles); Mount Waterman (10 miles), with a one-mile-long side trail to Twin Peak Saddle; and Devil's Canyon, which drops four miles into the canyon itself. Wood fires are not permitted because high fire danger threatens year-round. Backpacking stoves are permitted. Human use is moderate.