National Forest Foundation

San Gabriel Mountains National Monument Trail Restoration

Supported by REI

Set against the glitz and glamour of Los Angeles, the gorgeous San Gabriel Mountains National Monument may be the country’s most urban “forest.” Managed by the U.S. Forest Service, the nearly 350,000-acre Monument is a haven for all Angelinos. In addition to providing incredible recreational opportunities, the Monument provides 1/3 of LA’s water and more than 70% of LA County’s open space.

But with more than 15 million people living within an hour’s drive (depending on Southern California’s notorious traffic), the Monument receives significant use. One particularly well-used part of the Monument – the Vincent’s Gap Trailhead - needs upgrades to welcome the community. With support from REI, the NFF is working to improve the trailhead and many of the National and Scenic Recreation Trails that depart from this popular spot, including the Pacific Crest Trail, the Silver Mocassin Trail, the High Desert Trail, the Vincent Gulch Trail, and the trail to Mount Baden Powell. With so many diverse visitors, trailhead improvements will include the addition of universal signage and kiosks.

As the San Gabriel Mountains National Monument continues to grow in popularity and profile, it’s more critical than ever that trails and trailheads are maintained and upgraded.

This project demonstrates REI’s commitment to not only our most wild places, but also our urban playgrounds and watersheds.


Through an awesome volunteer day on National Trails Day in June, we worked with 55 volunteers and 70 youth to maintain eight miles of trail and improve the Vincent's Gap trailhead. We are going to continue our trailhead work in 2019, updating this popular trailhead.

Project Updates

More than 125 folks turned out for our National Trails Day volunteer event at Vincent's Gap. They maintained eight miles of trails and spruced up the trailhead. More work is slated for 2019, so stay tuned.