Hike Log

The road less traveled


Redbox Canyon

Type of Hike:

Day hike

Trail Conditions:

Obstacles on trail


Road suitable for all vehicles


No bugs


Snow free

In January I did Wilson from Sierra Madre, and now I wanted to explore the northern approach via the Gabrieleno trail. From the parking lot (plenty of space at 6:45 am) you drop down about 1000 feet, with multiple creek crossings, giving me wet feet. After about 6 miles I went south on the Kenyan-Devore trail, climbing 3000 ft to Wilson. There was one sketchy water crossing on the high end of a cascade, with a rusty chain to hold on to. I slipped and got wet feet again, but the chain sure saved me from what would have been a nasty fall down the rocks. There were various downed trees to navigate as well, this trail is much more backcountry then the Chantry Flats approach. Very quiet as well; I saw one hiker on this section . The hotdog at the top was delicious. On the way back I took the Wilson-Redbox road for a few miles. This was actually very scenic, but I was glad to get off the asphalt near Eaton Saddle to explore the Mueller tunnel, and to bag San Gabriel Peak while I had the chance. Nearby Mount Disappointment looked… well, disappointing… so never mind. For a total of about 14 miles and 5000 ft elevation gain is was a beautiful hike with great weather, and I look forward to staying overnight on one of the campsites on the Gabrielino trail soon.


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