East Fork San Gabriel River Backpacking

Wrightwood, California

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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.
Backpacking California: Mountain, Foothill, Coastal, & Desert Adventures in the Golden State

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Backpacking California: Mountain, Foothill, Coastal, & Desert Adventures in the Golden State

by Author varies by trail (Wilderness Press)

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.

© 2008 Author varies by trail/Wilderness Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Wrightwood
Distance: 14.5
Elevation Gain: 200 feet
Trail Type: Shuttle
Skill Level: Moderate to Difficult
Duration: 2 days
Season: Late spring, summer, and fall
Local Contacts: Angeles National Forest - permit required
Local Maps: USGS 7.5-min. Crystal Lake, Mount San Antonio, and Glendora
Driving Directions: Directions to East Fork San Gabriel River (Backpacking)

Recent Trail Reviews

4/20/2007
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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.


8/4/2005
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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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