Azusa Canyon SVRA

Azusa, California (LosAngeles) Technical Rating: 2-10

Last Updated: 06-24-2017

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Status: Partially Open
Permit Information:
Permit Required - Click Here
Difficulty: Easy-Extreme
Length: 0.0 Miles
Category: Desert, Iconic, Mud, Overland, Rock, Sand, Wash, Water
Highest Elevation: '
Duration: 10 minutes
Shape of Trail: Out & Back
Best Direction to Go: N/A
Connecting Trails:
Nearest Town:
Azusa
Nearest Town w/ Service:
Azusa
Nearby Trails:
Forest Service Road: #
Forest Service / Park District:

Azusa Canyon SVRA Highlights

Highlights: Azusa Canyon SVRA - Azusa, California

Mud... and lots of it. Azusa Canyon is an infamous OHV area for its very large mud pits that are deep enough to swallow a monster truck. Even though many people go out to this area in their Razors, 4x4, and quads to play in the dirt and hills, most people find themselves heading to the south end of the park to the mud pits where the action is always at.

Saturdays in Azusa are rather quiet, but Sundays starting around noon get absolutely crazy.

Technical rating: (2-10) Easy-Extreme

Severe conditions. Extreme caution recommended. Impassable by stock vehicles. Winching required. Trail building necessary. May be impassable. Impassable under anything but ideal conditions. Vehicle damage probable. Personal injury possible. Extreme caution necessary.

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Directions to Trailhead

Exit Azusa Ave from Highway 210 in Azusa Ca. Take San Gabriel Ave North 12 miles. Toll Booth is on the right.

 

Trailhead GPS Coordinates:

34° 14' 17.58"N
117° 51' 31.66"W

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Route Description

Over 160 acres of rock crawling, mud, sandy river bottom await drivers of 2, 3 and 4-wheeled OHVs. The OHV and obstacle course areas are open Saturday's, Sundays, and major holidays at 8 a.m. t0 4:30 pm. ALL VISITORS MUST EXIT BY 4:30. A fee of $8.75 for each primary vehicle and $5 for each secondary vehicle is charged for entry into the San Gabriel OHV Area. Entrance permits may not be purchased without proper vehicle registration, approved spark arrester or muffler system, and any other protective equipment required by the State of California for off-highway vehicle operation.

Open wood fires and charcoal barbecues are not permit­ted within the San Gabriel Canyon OHV Area.

Regulations: All vehicles are subject to search prior to entry. The possession of alcoholic beverages is pro­hibited at all times. All ATVs and motorcycles must be equipped with approved spark arresters, proper­ly installed and maintained. Approved muffler systems are required on all motorized vehicles. All vehicles must be currently registered: green or red stickers (seasonally) for off-highway vehi­cles; regular state registration is required for street-legal 4 wheel drive vehicles. Obey the 15 mph speed law when driving in the Staging Area and parking lot or within 50 feet of any person or property. The discharge of firearms or fireworks is pro­hibited at all times. All vehicles must exit the area by posted hours. The state Vehicle Code applies and is enforced. Vehicles and swimming are not allowed in San Gabriel Reservoir.

1: Toll Booth

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A fee of $8.75 for each primary vehicle and $5 for each secondary vehicle will be charged to access the park. Tow vehicle and trailer parking run out quickly, make sure you get there early.

2: Bathrooms

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These are the only bathrooms in the area which means if you got to go, you have to make it all the way back here.

3: Drop Down to Dirt

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Once a boat ramp, now the cement drop down into the OHV area.

4: Obstacle Course

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A few years back, a group of people built the obstacle course. This little play area has obstacles from easy to harder then most built rigs can do.

5: River Crossing

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River Crossing to the OHV area. The water is about 18 inches deep and has large rocks on the bottom. Go slow and pay attention to what is under the water.

Always cross in the crossing perpendicular to the creek and never drive up or down the creek. There is a very large fine if you fail to obey this rule.

6: 2nd River Crossing

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2nd River Crossing when heading towards the south end of the OHV area.

Always cross in the crossing perpendicular to the creek and never drive up or down the creek. There is a very large fine if you fail to obey this rule.

7: Big Open Area

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One of the couple large open areas where you could carry a high speed if you wanted.

8: Hill Climb Area

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There are several hill climb areas in the OHV park. If unsure about a turn around spot, please back down. Many people roll their vehicles on the hills.

9: Hill Climb Area - West Side of Mud Pit

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There are several hill climb areas in the OHV park. This one is on the west side of the mud pits and is a great spot to take a break to watch the action if you can make it up.

10: Mud Pits Area

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The mud pits can easily get over 10 feet deep. Never just drive into the mud without testing or observing others driving through the area first. When playing in the mud, the odds of you getting stuck are high. Always travel in pairs / play as a group, have a good winch, and carry a much higher capacity tow straps w/ D-Links.

Access Issues

Special closures may occur on weekdays or if unusually high water, wildfire or capacity crowds occur

San Gabriel River Ranger District

110 N. Wabash Ave.

Glendora, CA 91741

(8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays)

(626) 335-1251

CRS (800) 735-2922 (Voice) CRS (800) 735-2929 (TDD/TTY)

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Camping and Lodging

No camping in OHV area. There are plenty of hotels down by the 210 freeway.

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Joshua Noesser grew up in Southern California but has lived in different parts of the country during his young adult life. Josh was first turned to...

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Questions & Answers

Question:

I know this area tends to get fairly crowded. When is a better day to go to avoid the crowds? Saturday or Sunday?
By Ron K on September 21, 2017
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Answer:

Sat is usually the least crowded day in my personal experience.
By Josh Noesser Official Crew on September 21, 2017

Question:

I've never been off-roading before. What Trail would be good for a beginner? I have a stock 2007 Jeep Wrangler X. I'm not trying to do anything crazy. Just looking to take my family out on a easy trail.
By Ricky on July 20, 2017
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Answer:

Hey Ricky, Azusa is a large open area and you can wonder around the area freely. I would warn against driving into any mud no matter how small it looks. At least without out a friend to pull you out. Good trails to check out for a first time off-road adventure are 3n16 in Big Bear and Main Divide in Orange County on Saddleback Mnt. 3N16 - https://www.trailsoffroad.com/trails/1049-3n16-holcomb-valley Main Divide - https://www.trailsoffroad.com/trails/2351-3s04-main-divide-north-end-beeks-place Please note, main divide is a long trail, thus there are many gates to access the road. Make sure you head up to Saddleback Peak for one of the best views in SoCal.
By Josh Noesser Official Crew on July 20, 2017

Question:

Do you know if it will be open on 4th of July? 07/04/17?
By Ernie on July 03, 2017
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Answer:

I would recommend reach out out the forestry service at he number below. The water is still really high. (626) 335-1251
By Josh Noesser Official Crew on July 03, 2017

Trip Reports

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Josh Noesser
Official Crew

Offroaded on 06-24-2017

Status: Open

Conditions: Wet

Trip Report: Azusa Canyon SVRA - Azusa, California Trip Report: Azusa Canyon SVRA - Azusa, California Trip Report: Azusa Canyon SVRA - Azusa, California Trip Report: Azusa Canyon SVRA - Azusa, California Trip Report: Azusa Canyon SVRA - Azusa, California

The water is really high still

Me in jeeps

Josh Noesser
Official Crew

Offroaded on 03-01-2017

Status: Open

Conditions:

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