Down the East Fork

Los Angeles, California 91331

Down the East Fork

Down the East Fork Professional Review and Guide

"Born from snow-fed rivulets, the many tributaries of the East Fork San Gabriel River gather together to form one of the liveliest and most remote streams in the San Gabriel Mountains. At The Narrows of the East Fork, the water squeezes through the deepest gorge in Southern California. From the bottom of The Narrows, the east wall soars about 5,200 feet to Iron Mountain, and the west wall rises about 4,000 feet to the South Mount Hawkins divide."

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"Born from snow-fed rivulets, the many tributaries of the East Fork San Gabriel River gather together to form one of the liveliest and most remote streams in the San Gabriels."

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9/5/2005
as of sept 5, 2005 the trail was closed due to washout
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5/27/2003
This is an excellent fairly quick hike in Southern California. The trail itself is clearly marked and is always in good repair. I have hiked this trail several times and always have had the main trail in excellent repair. You will start out moving through the pine forests up Mt. Islip, and along the way be given some excellent views of the valley below on a clear day. The last part of the trail is a series of switchbacks to the summit of Mt. Islip. Here you can look back from where you started, looking over the valley or over into the stark desert terrain on the moisture starved side of Mt. Islip. There is an old fire watcher cabin at the summit, that makes for some great pictures or wind break during those gusty days. There is wildlife on the trail; with opportunities for birdwatching, deer sightings, as well as an occasional bear. There is a charge for parking, and expect in the summer days, the campground to be full of day or weekend campers. Also, in the wintertime, expect snow cover for most of the trail, which can occasionally be very deep.
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Trail Information

Los Angeles
Nearby City
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
16
Distance
200 feet
Elevation Gain
Shuttle
Trail Type
Difficult
Skill Level
11 hours
Duration
May–November
Season
San Gabriel River
Local Contacts
USGS 7.5-minute Crystal Lake, Mount San Antonio, and Glendora
Local Maps

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Nov 2018