East Fork Trail

San Gabriel Mountains National Monument, California

Elevation Gain2,669ft
Trailhead Elevation1,997ft
Elevation Min/Max1993/2838ft
Elevation Start/End1997/1997ft

East Fork Trail

East Fork Trail is a hiking trail in Los Angeles County, California. It is within San Gabriel Mountains National Monument and Sheep Mountain Wilderness. It is 4.1 miles long and begins at 1,997 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 8.3 miles with a total elevation gain of 2,669 feet. The Bridge to Nowhere bridge can be seen along the trail. This trail connects with the following: Allison Gulch Trail and Allison Gulch Trail.

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Backpacking California: Mountain, Foothill, Coastal, & Desert Adventures in the Golden State (Wilderness Press)
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"On this epic journey along the banks of the East Fork San Gabriel River, you’ll descend nearly a mile in elevation, traveling from high-country pines and firs to sun-scorched chaparral. On the first day of hiking, you could experience a temperature increase of as much as 50°F. At one spot called The Narrows in the East Fork canyon, the stream lies 5200 feet below Iron Mountain to the east and 4000 feet below the ridge to the west—making this the deepest gorge in Southern California." Read more

East Fork Trail Reviews

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I hiked this trail staring at Los Padres Dam and made my way up the Carmel River for just an over nighter. If you choose this option be warned the way up gains more elevation than you might think lots of ups and downs along the ridges along the river. That being said its an amazing place I felt like I was in a jungle with the super thick under growth. The river was beautiful and even in spring was not flowing enough to make any river crossing dangerous. The only real downside was the insane amount of poison oak at this time of year. I have never seen so much poison oak in my life. It litterally lined the trail for the 5 miles I climbed up the river. The ensuing rash was still worth it though.
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This trail was nice, a few places there was brush covering the trail that we had to walk through. Also at Los Padres Dam there is not too much shade and it may be hot.

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Trail Information

San Gabriel Mountains National Monument
Nearby City
San Gabriel Mountains National Monument
Angeles National Forest - permit required
Local Contacts
USGS 7.5-min. Crystal Lake, Mount San Antonio, and Glendora
Local Maps

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Dec 2018