San Gabriel Valley


The San Gabriel Valley is a major valley in Southern California located east of the City of Los Angeles and the Los Angeles Basin. The San Gabriel Mountains are to the north, the San Rafael Hills are to the west, and the Puente Hills are to the south. The San Gabriel Valley obtained its name from the San Gabriel River that flows southward through the center of the valley. The river was named for the Spanish Mission San Gabriel Arcāngel (founded in 1771) which is located in the city of San Gabriel.

The San Gabriel Valley is located in Los Angeles County. Incorporated cities and unincorporated areas of the San Gabriel Valley include:


Altadena La Verne
Alhambra Monrovia
Arcadia Montebello
Azusa Monterey Park
Baldwin Park North El Monte
Bradbury Pasadena
City of Industry Rosemead
Claremont Rowland Heights
Covina San Dimas
Diamond Bar San Gabriel
Duarte San Marino
East Pasadena Sierra Madre
El Monte South El Monte
Glendora South Pasadena
Hacienda Heights South San Gabriel
Irwindale Temple City
La Caņada Flintridge Walnut
La Puente West Covina


The Tongva Indians lived along the Rio Hondo River, a branch of the San Gabriel River, for thousands of years before the area was claimed by Spain and later by Mexico. The Gabrielo-Tongva of San Gabriel are currently headquartered in the city of San Gabriel.

The following colleges and universities are located in the Greater San Gabriel Valley Area:


Alliant International University, Alhambra Los Angeles College of Music, Pasadena
Art Center College of Design, Pasadena Mt. San Antonio College (Mt. SAC), Walnut
Azusa Pacific University (APU), Azusa Mt. Sierra College, Monrovia
California Institute of Technology (Caltech), Pasadena Pasadena City College (PCC), Pasadena
Claremont Graduate University, Claremont Pitzer College, Claremont
Claremont McKenna College, Claremont Pomona College, Claremont
Citrus College, Glendora Providence Christian College, Pasadena
Digital Business & Design College (DBD), El Monte Rio Hondo College, Whittier
Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena Scripps College, Claremont
Harvey Mudd College, Claremont University of La Verne, La Verne
ITT Technical Institute (ITT Tech), San Dimas University of Phoenix, Diamond Bar and Pasadena
Keck Graduate Institute, Claremont University of the West (UWest), Rosemead
Life Pacific College, San Dimas Whittier College (WC), Whittier
    William Carey International University, Pasadena


Mission San Gabriel Arcangel

Mission San Gabriel Arcangel, founded in 1771, was the fourth of 21 Spanish missions to be established in California. Today, the mission is a fully functioning Roman Catholic Mission in the City of San Gabriel. Visitors can tour the church, a museum, and the grounds. Exhibits include religious artifacts, books, and numerous relics. There is also a gift store. Mission San Gabriel is a California Historical Landmark and is listed on the U.S National Register of Historic Places. The local Tongva Indians were forced by the Spanish to work for the missions and many attended mission schools.


Avocado Heights

Avocado Heights is an unincorporated, census-designated place in the San Gabriel Valley region of Los Angeles County north of the Puente Hills, and east of the San Gabriel River. The population is approximately 15,900. Pasadena is approximately 20 miles to the northwest and Downtown Los Angeles is about 18 miles to the west.



Bassett is an unincorporated community in the San Gabriel Valley located within Avocado Heights. The community was established in 1921.



Citrus is an unincorporated, census-designated place in the San Gabriel Valley region of Los Angeles County with a population of approximately 11,500. Citrus is located between Azusa, Glendora, and Covina, and is near Charter Oak which is another census-designated area.


Charter Oak

Charter Oak is an unincorporated, census-designated place in the San Gabriel Valley region of Los Angeles County with a population of approximately 9,600. Glendora is to the north, Covina is to the west and south, and San Dimas is to the east.



Valinda is an unincorporated, census-designated place in the San Gabriel Valley region of Los Angeles County with a population of approximately 23,000. West Covina is to the north and east, and La Puente is to the west and south.


West Puente Valley

West Puente Valley is a rural, unincorporated, residential, census-designated area in the San Gabriel Valley region of eastern Los Angeles County. The City of La Puente is to the east and south, Baldwin Park is to the northwest, and the city of West Covina is located to the northeast. West Puente Valley is approximately midway between Downtown Los Angeles to the west, and Pomona to the east. Most of the land in West Puente Valley is undeveloped.


La Puente Valley Historical Society

The La Puente Valley Historical Society is a non-profit historical society and museum headquartered in the City of Industry which is in the central San Gabriel Valley region of Los Angeles County. Many artifacts, which include extensive photos and books, are located in the Heritage Room at the La Puente City Hall. The La Puente Valley Historical Society is governed by a board of directors and sponsors several events throughout the year.



Hillgrove is an unincorporated area in the San Gabriel Valley which is adjacent to Hacienda Heights. The population is approximately 16,500.


San Gabriel Wilderness

The San Gabriel Wilderness is a wilderness area established by the U.S. Forest Service in 1968. The 36,118 acre area is located within the Angeles National Forest on the southern slopes of the San Gabriel Mountains and north of the San Gabriel Valley. The closest city is Pasadena which is to the south. Bear Creek Trail, Mt. Waterman Trail, and Devil’s Canyon Trail all provide access.


Rio Hondo

The Rio Hondo is a 16.4 mile tributary of the Los Angeles River in Los Angeles County. The headwaters are in the San Gabriel Mountains above the San Gabriel Valley.


San Jose Hills

The San Jose Hills are located in the eastern part of Los Angeles County where the San Gabriel Valley and the Pomona Valley meet. The hills are located within Covina, West Covina, San Dimas, Walnut, and Pomona. The highest peak is Buzzard Peak which reaches to 1,329 feet. Wildlife includes gray fox, skunks, opossums, squirrels, and bobcats.


South San Jose Hills

South San Jose Hills is an unincorporated, census-designated, residential community in the San Gabriel Valley region of Los Angeles County. It is located just south of West Covina at the southern end of the San Jose Hills. The population is approximately 21,000.


Emerald Necklace

The Emerald Necklace is a seventeen mile interconnected network of bikeways, multiuse trails, parks, and greenways along the Rio Hondo River and the San Gabriel River. Amigos de los Rios is a non-profit organization dedicated to working with various cities and stakeholders to improve the Emerald Necklace area. The goal is to create an improved "necklace" of parks and reclaimed natural open areas. The Peck Road Conservation Park is part of the Emerald Necklace.


Whittier Narrows

The Whittier Narrows is a water gap in Los Angeles County, located at the southern end of the San Gabriel Valley between the Puente Hills to the east and the San Rafael Hills to the west. It is the point where both the Rio Hondo and the San Gabriel River leave the San Gabriel Valley and flow into the Los Angeles Basin.


Whittier Narrows Dam

The Whittier Narrows Dam is a 56 foot tall earthen dam on the San Gabriel River located at the Whittier Narrows. The dam, which was built in 1956-1957 as a flood control project, created a major reservoir which is now a popular recreation destination.


Lario Trail System

The Lario Trail System consists of 22 miles of biking, hiking, and equestrian trails along the Los Angeles River and the 16.4 mile Rio Hondo tributary. The trail begins near the Whittier Narrows Dam and continues along the Rio Hondo tributary until its confluence with the L.A. River, and runs to the Pacific Ocean at Long Beach. The Lario Trail provides connections to seven parks adjacent to the Los Angeles River and Rio Hondo tributary.


North El Monte

North El Monte is a small, unincorporated, census – designated area in the central San Gabriel Valley. It should not be confused with the City of El Monte which is to the south. North El Monte has a population estimated at 4,000.


Egret Park

Egret Park is a small community park located adjacent to the Los Angeles River at the downstream end of the Whittier Narrows. It is one of the most beautiful natural stretches along the river. Visitors are highly likely to see a family of Egrets and other wildlife at the edge of the river.


American Society of Military History – Military Museum

The American Society of Military History, founded in 1962, is a non-profit, educational, volunteer organization located in South El Monte which is in the San Gabriel Valley region of Los Angeles County. The purpose of the organization is to perpetuate America’s great military heritage and to preserve its equipment. The following are available for viewing: Sherman Tanks, Patton Tanks, M60AI Tanks, Sheridan Airborne Tanks, Armored Personnel Carriers, 5-inch navel guns, anti-tank guns, and much more. There are over 170 vehicles on display. It is definitely worth visiting.


San Gabriel Valley Medical Center

The San Gabriel Valley Medical Center is a 273-bed accredited general acute care hospital in San Gabriel, California. Services include emergency medical services, nuclear medicine, occupational therapy, physical therapy, respiratory care, speech pathology, and much more.


San Gabriel Valley Real Estate

Homes in San Gabriel Valley consist of both single family detached homes and attached homes that may be townhomes or stacked condominiums. Prices range from moderate to high depending upon the neighborhood. Our real estate agents and brokers can show you any homes listed for sale with any real estate brokerage firm.


Property Management - San Gabriel Valley

Our affiliate, Coast, manages homeowner associations, rental homes, apartment buildings, and commercial buildings in San Gabriel Valley and the surrounding areas. Please contact Coast from our Resource Page for additional information.


San Gabriel Valley Horse Property

If you want to buy or sell equestrian zoned property in or near San Gabriel Valley, please contact us. We have several real estate agents with extensive experience representing buyers and sellers of horse properties.


San Gabriel Valley Land

If you would like to sell or acquire land in San Gabriel Valley or in the surrounding areas, please contact an agent in our land division. We have land specialists that can help you buy or sell land anywhere in California.


Historical Timeline

Pacific Realtors has created a historical timeline for those having an interest in the history of Los Angeles and the surrounding areas.











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