Azusa Canyon SVRA

Azusa, California (Los Angeles County)
Last Updated: 05/15/2018
5/5 (4 reviews)
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Status: Open
Typically Open: Year Round
Permit Information: Permit Required - Click Here
Difficulty: 2-10
Length: 0 miles
Highest Elevation: 1500 feet
Duration: About 2 hours
Shape of Trail: Out & Back
Best Direction to Travel: N/A
Nearest Town: Azusa
Nearest Town w/ Services: Azusa
Official Road Name: Azusa Canyon OHV or San Gabriel Canyon OHV
Management Agency: US Forest Service
District: Angeles National Forest
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Highlight: Azusa Canyon SVRA

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.


Route Information

Technical Rating: (2-10)

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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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.

Seasonal Information

Spring:The area has warm days with cool nights, but you need to check on the water level in the resevor.
Summer:The area can get hot with highs around 100, with cool nights
Fall:The area has warm days with cool nights
Winter:The area can be warm with cool nights, but you need to check on the water level in the resevor.


1. Toll Booth

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

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

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

4. Obstacle Course

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

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

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

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

8. Hill Climb Area

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

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

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.

Directions to Trailhead

Trailhead Coordinates: 34.238497, -117.858269

Starting Point: Azusa, CA

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


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

Land Use 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)

Writer Information

Josh Noesser

Mapping Crew - California
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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 four wheeling when he road with one of his friends dad up Surprise Canyon in the Panamint Valley at age14. After nearly 3 different roll overs later and a half dozen intense waterfalls, Josh was hooked. At 16 he purchased his first Jeep a CJ 7 and by 17 was putting his first locker in it. Currently, Josh is the owner and CEO of Nybble, an IT Solutions Company based in Orange County, California. Nybble isn't your normal IT company where everyone stays in and plays video games. Nybble's average company trip is out on the trails since a good amount of his staff enjoy wheeling too. As Josh likes to say, he offers the only IT Company with the ability to provide services in extreme locations. "If you want a server at the top of The Hammers, we will take care of that for you." Today you can find Josh out on the trail behind the wheel in one of his three different off-road vehicles. See the vehicles below for more information. If you ever run into Josh, please say high, he is a very friendly person and is always happy to have a new person join the group.


Questions & Answers (7)

Q: Are awd vehicles allowed ?
–Juan Sanchez (01/09/2019)
A: Likely, but you are best off asking the rangers office
–Josh Noesser (01/09/2019)
Q: Anyone know if the OHV area is open the day after Thanksgiving?
–Dave (11/23/2018)
A: I don't know... Try calling. (626) 335-1251 CRS (800) 735-2922 (Voice)
–Josh Noesser (11/23/2018)
Q: Am I allowed to take my dog with me? Obviously she’d be on leash if we take a break out of my truck.
–Joseph Gutierrez (06/23/2018)
A: I take my Dog all the time. Just keep him on a leash and pick up after him/her.
–Josh Noesser (06/27/2018)
Q: If i lost a hub cap and the simulator whats my chances of finding it or someone turning it ini know stupid question but worth a shot
–William Martinez (02/26/2018)
A: Call the office. There is always a chance.
–Josh Noesser (02/26/2018)
Q: I know this area tends to get fairly crowded. When is a better day to go to avoid the crowds? Saturday or Sunday?
–Ron K (09/21/2017)
A: Sat is usually the least crowded day in my personal experience.
–Josh Noesser (09/21/2017)
Q: 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.
–Ricky (07/20/2017)
A: 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 - Main Divide - 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.
–Josh Noesser (07/20/2017)
Q: Do you know if it will be open on 4th of July? 07/04/17?
–Ernie (07/02/2017)
A: I would recommend reach out out the forestry service at he number below. The water is still really high. (626) 335-1251
–Josh Noesser (07/03/2017)

Trail Reviews (4)

Status: Open
Offroaded on:
Great time mudding , it was super dope first time mudding . Definitely will go lots of more times.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
Went out to Azusa with the FunShine Girls Jeep Club for a day in the sun and mud. The sun didn't hold up the but the mud was great. We had a lot of fun both in the obstacle course and the mud pits. My Falken Tires did their job making it all look easy. Water Level - The water level was just before the bend in the canyon. Meaning you couldn't get very far past the bridge. #FalkenTires

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
The water is really high still

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
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