The San Gabriel Trails Project

The San Gabriel Trails Project is my effort to run every trail in the San Gabriel Mountains, for no other purpose than to explore. It does not include every run that I do, or even every run I do in the San Gabriels. I am including every run in the San Gabriel Mountains that includes a trail component not previously covered.

Project Summary

Since July 25, 2015

  • Runs: 44
  • Distance: 618.5 Miles
  • Elevation Gain: 139,467 feet
  • Summits: 25
  • Bird Species: 73
  • Mammal Species: 8
  • Reptile Species: 5

Progress Map

Recent Blog Posts About The Project

Hoyt Mountain Sunday, February 2, 2020 - It was Sunday, January 26, 2020. My planned outing for the day started like most new routes: sitting at my computer looking at Open Street Map (which has an amazing amount of trails digitized), trying to find a route that looked interesting enough to do, and researching recent reports on the internet from others thatContinue reading "Hoyt Mountain"
Vetter Mountain Wednesday, October 17, 2018 - [Featured image: A carpet of clouds near Red Box in the Angeles National Forest.] I did not set out on Sunday to add a new chapter to the San Gabriel Trails Project. I set out to break free from my running malaise, brought on by flat and often repetitive routes that I had been runningContinue reading "Vetter Mountain"
Three Points to Pacifico Mountain Via the Pacific Crest Trail Sunday, July 29, 2018 - It’s been nearly a year since I’ve added a new chapter to the San Gabriel Trails Project. You can ask me why that is, but I would not have an answer for you. There are many miles of high country trails that I have not yet covered, and I haven’t spent much time in theContinue reading "Three Points to Pacifico Mountain Via the Pacific Crest Trail"
A Night at West Fork Thursday, July 12, 2018 - The degree to which I am enamored with the freedom of backpacking is not reflected by the frequency with which I go. For awhile now, I’ve taken an interest in expanding my knowledge-base of the fauna of the San Gabriel Mountains by backpacking into remote campgrounds, preferably on a weekday when no or few peopleContinue reading "A Night at West Fork"
Islip Ridge, Little Jimmy, and Windy Gap Monday, July 24, 2017 - I decided yesterday was a good day to traverse some trails I hadn’t done before, so I grabbed my Angeles High Country map and drove up Highway 39. I sought out a trail the map labeled as the “Islip-Wiwona Trail”. There were no signs where the trailhead should be. The area was overgrown with aContinue reading "Islip Ridge, Little Jimmy, and Windy Gap"

Summits

This is a list of mountains summited during the project. They are only listed once (even if summited multiple times). I am generally including all named peaks, and unnamed peaks that are symbolized as a summit on USGS topo maps.

  1. Mt. Williamson (8,248 feet) – July 25, 2015
  2. Mt. San Antonio (Baldy – 10,069 feet) – August 16, 2015
  3. Bighorn Peak (8,441 feet) – August 27, 2015
  4. Ontario Peak (8,694 feet) – August 27, 2015
  5. Mt. Baden-Powell (9,406 feet) – September 13, 2015
  6. Mt. Lukens (5,066 feet) – November 14, 2015
  7. Josephine Peak (5,558 feet) – November 27, 2015
  8. Mt. Zion (3,578 feet) – December 17, 2015
  9. Mt. Lowe (5,606 feet) – December 29, 2015
  10. Jones Peak (3,375 feet) – January 2, 2016
  11. Hastings Peak (4,000 feet) – January 2, 2016
  12. Mt. Wilson (5,712 feet) – January 2, 2016
  13. Unnamed Peak at 34.291827°, -117.534946° (5,401 feet) – January 24, 2016
  14. Mendenhall Peak (4,635 feet) – January 30, 2016
  15. San Gabriel Peak (6,164 feet) – February 23, 2016
  16. Mt. Disappointment (5,963 feet) – February 23, 2016
  17. Waterman Mountain (8,041 feet) – April 23, 2016
  18. Mt. Islip (8,250 feet) – July 23, 2017
  19. Throop Peak (9,142 feet) – August 12, 2017
  20. Mt. Burham (8,996 feet) – August 12, 2017
  21. Pacifico Mountain (7,124 feet) – July 28, 2018
  22. Vetter Mountain (5,911 feet) – October 14, 2018
  23. Mount Harvard (5,444 feet) – January 4, 2020
  24. Mount Yale (4,760 feet – January 4, 2020)
  25. Hoyt Mountain (4,404 feet – February 26, 2020)

Wildlife

The following wildlife have been observed (or otherwise detected) during the San Gabriel Trails Project.

Birds

  1. Mallard – Anas platyrhynchos
  2. Mountain Quail – Oreortyx pictus
  3. California Quail – Callipepla californica
  4. Sharp-shinned Hawk – Accipiter striatus
  5. Cooper’s Hawk – Accipiter cooperii
  6. Red-tailed Hawk – Buteo jamaicensis
  7. Band-tailed Pigeon – Patagioenas fasciata
  8. Mourning Dove – Zenaida macroura
  9. Western Screech-Owl – Megascops kennicottii (February 22, 2016)
  10. Northern Pygmy-Owl – Glaucidium gnoma (January 19, 2019)
  11. Common Poorwill – Phalaenoptilus nuttallii (February 22, 2016)
  12. White-throated Swift – Aeronautes saxatalis (February 23, 2016)
  13. Anna’s Hummingbird – Calypte anna
  14. Allen’s Hummingbird – Selasphorus sasin
  15. Calliope Hummingbird – Selasphorus calliope (April 23, 2016)
  16. Lewis’s Woodpecker – Melanerpes lewis
  17. Acorn Woodpecker – Melanerpes formicivorus
  18. Nuttall’s Woodpecker – Picoides nuttallii
  19. Downy Woodpecker – Picoides pubescens
  20. Hairy Woodpecker – Picoides villosus
  21. White-headed Woodpecker – Picoides albolarvatus
  22. Northern Flicker – Colaptes auratus
  23. American Kestrel – Falco sparverious
  24. Pacific-slope Flycatcher – Empidonax difficilis (April 16, 2016)
  25. Black Phoebe – Sayornis nigricans
  26. Say’s Phoebe – Sayornis saya
  27. Hutton’s Vireo – Vireo huttoni
  28. Steller’s Jay – Cyanocitta stelleri
  29. Western Scrub-Jay – Aphelocoma californica
  30. Clark’s Nutcracker – Nucifraga columbiana (April 23, 2016)
  31. American Crow – Corvus brachyrhynchos
  32. Common Raven – Corvus corax
  33. Violet-green Swallow – Tachycineta thalassina (April 23, 2016)
  34. Mountain Chickadee – Poecile gambeli
  35. Oak Titmouse – Baeolophus inornatus
  36. Bushtit – Psaltriparus minimus
  37. White-breasted Nuthatch – Sitta carolinensis
  38. Pygmy Nuthatch – Sitta pygmaea
  39. Brown Creeper – Certhia americana (April 16, 2016)
  40. Rock Wren – Salpinctes obsoletus
  41. Canyon Wren – Catherpes mexicanus
  42. Pacific Wren – Troglodytes pacificus
  43. Bewick’s Wren – Thryomanes bewickii
  44. Cactus Wren – Campylorhynchus brunneicapillus
  45. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher – Polioptila caerulea
  46. Golden-crowned Kinglet – Regulus satrapa
  47. Ruby-crowned Kinglet – Regulus calendula
  48. Wrentit – Chamaea fasciata
  49. Western Bluebird – Sialia mexicana
  50. Townsend’s Solitaire – Myadestes townsendi
  51. Hermit Thrush – Catharus guttatus
  52. American Robin – Turdus migratorius
  53. California Thrasher – Toxostoma redivivum
  54. European Starling – Sturnus vulgaris
  55. Cedar Waxwing – Bombycilla cedrorum
  56. Orange-crowned Warbler – Oreothlypis celata (April 23, 2016)
  57. Yellow-rumped Warbler – Setophaga coronata
  58. Black-throated Gray Warbler – Setophaga nigrescens (April 16, 2016)
  59. Hermit Warbler – Setophaga occidentalis (April 23, 2016)
  60. Fox Sparrow – Passerella iliaca
  61. Dark-eyed Junco – Junco hyemalis
  62. White-crowned Sparrow – Zonotrichia leucophrys
  63. Golden-crowned Sparrow – Zonotrichia atricapilla
  64. Song Sparrow – Melospiza melodia
  65. California Towhee – Melozone crissalis
  66. Rufous-crowned Sparrow – Aimophila ruficeps
  67. Spotted Towhee – Pipilo maculatus
  68. House Finch – Haemorhous mexicanus
  69. Purple Finch – Haemorhous purpureus
  70. Cassin’s Finch – Haemorhous cassinii (April 23, 2016)
  71. Pine Siskin – Spinus pinus
  72. Lesser Goldfinch – Spinus psaltria
  73. American Goldfinch – Spinus tristis

Mammals

  1. Merriam’s Chipmunk – Tamias merriami
  2. California Ground Squirrel – Otospermophilus beecheyi
  3. Western Gray Squirrel – Sciurus griseus
  4. Botta’s Pocket Gopher – Thomomys bottae
  5. Mule Deer – Odocoileus hemionus
  6. Bighorn Sheep – Ovis canadensis (July 23, 2017)
  7. Gray Fox – Urocyon cinereoargenteus
  8. Black Bear – Ursus americanus

Reptiles

  1. Common Side-blotched Lizard – Uta stansburiana
  2. Western Fence Lizard – Sceloporus occidentalis (February 23, 2016)
  3. Western Whiptail – Aspidoscelis tigris (August 21, 2016)
  4. Southern Alligator Lizard – Elgaria multicarinata (October 14, 2018)
  5. Pacific Rattlesnake – Crotalos oreganus (July 23, 2017)