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9 mile scenic round trip hike at West Fork Trail on Hwy 39 (Azusa Ave.)

  • Jun 8, 2013 · 8:00 AM
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Carpool:  We will meet at 60 hwy and Dismond Park and Ride. (Diamond Bar Park/Ride 100 N Diamond Bar Blvd, Diamond Bar, CA) There are two pake and ride on Diamond Blvd.  We will meet on NE lot at 7:00 am and leave 7:05 sharp.  Please call, text, or email if you are interested in the carpool so I can arrange it. (626) 372-5265.

Note:  Make sue to not to go too far. The parking lot is on you left hand side of the road right after you cross the bridge on Azusa 39.  Also you will see a gate and a sign that says Cogswell Dam right before you cross the bridge.

I really liked this hike.  It was an easy and very relaxing hike with beautiful scenary and shades.

We will meet at the entrance to Forest Route 2N25. There are two parking lots right next to each other so park your car in the parking lot and meet at the entrance.

Time: We will meet at 8:00 and leave by 8:10 sharp. There is no cellular reception so if you are late, please join some other group and hike with them. Parking is limited.

Contact: Please call Joshua(626)[masked] if you have any questions.

Here are some other things to remember:

  1. You will need wilderness/adventure pass to park or you will get a ticket from forestry service. You can purchase it at sporting stores like REI, Big 5 and etc. or at forestry service stations.
  2. Make sure to bring some food for yourself and maybe bring some for others to share.
  3. Bring at least 4 to 6 bottles of water.
  4. Make sure to cancel your reservation if you are not able to make it so we are not waiting for you at the parking lot wondering whether you will show up or not.

West Fork of the San Gabriel River

The West Fork of the San Gabriel River is 8 miles above Azusa in the mountains. This trail is a service road that starts from the Highway 39 West Fork bridge and heads 6.5 miles west to a small campground, gaining 450 feet elevation in the process. Just past the campground, the trail rapidly becomes quite steep and eventually reaches the top of the Cogswell Dam.

The West Fork trail starts at a bridge crossing the river. (Altitude 1590 feet)

The crowds and grafitti are largely gone after a mile, now just the occasional fisherman, hiker or bicyclist.

A secluded waterfall and inviting pool about five miles from the trail start. (Altitude 2000 feet)

A tranquil stream near the Glen Trail Camp, about six miles from the trail start. (Altitude 2040 feet)

WAIVER OF LIABILITY: Hiking, water activities, and all outdoor events are rewarding and pleasant activities in nature, but there are certain dangers you should be aware of. Those include, but are not limited to, trip and fall injuries, drowning, poison oak exposure, bee stings, tick, snake bites and etc.. By signing up and/or attending any meetup on this group you and your guest(s) assume the risks of the trip/activities and agree to release Hiking for Friendship, Fun, and Health organizer, other volunteers and anyone associated/related to this meetup group from any claims for any injuries or other losses sustained during any of the hikes and activities. If you are bringing a guest(s), it is your responsibility to inform and confirm with he/she of this liability agreement. Please consult with your health-care professional to make sure you are able to participate in this activity without causing harm to yourself or others. The Organizer’s willingness to include you in an activity should not be interpreted as a favorable assessment of your emotional and physical capabilities. Please know your limits and sign up only if you are able to keep up with the pace and activity level of this event. Never hike alone. Never leave the group without notifying the hike organizer. Stay on the trail at all times.



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  • Monika

    Great pictures you guys uploaded!

    June 9, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Nice and easy route. Great Company. Thanks Joshua for leading the group.

    June 8, 2013

  • Ramsey

    Thanks for a great hike Joshua!
    I will definitely go back!

    June 8, 2013

  • kandi

    Thank you Joshua for being a great hike lead! It was nice meeting everyone!

    June 8, 2013

  • Vanessa

    Hello, how long do you think this will take? 5-6 hours?

    June 7, 2013

  • Laurie

    Can't make it this time...

    June 7, 2013

  • Joshua

    Everyone is welcome to the carpool.

    June 7, 2013

  • Felicia

    Hey Josh, I am wondering if I could carpool with you as well. Thanks

    June 7, 2013

  • Gil

    Joshua, I will be going to the park'n'ride for car pooling. Gil

    June 7, 2013

  • Ramsey

    Hi. My friend and I would
    Like to meet at the car pool
    Point and carpool with someone.
    But I cannot find "Diamond
    Blvd park & ride" on Google maps.
    Can you provide a link to the carpool point? And maybe update your post to reflect the carpool point? Thank you.

    June 3, 2013

    • Ramsey

      Hi Joshua. Thanks for the clarification. You spelled the
      Name of the location incorrectly.
      It should be "Diamond Bar Park & Ride", not "Diamond Blvd park & ride". I'm afraid people might be confused by the typo. Here is the link for the Park & Ride location on google, in case you want to update your meetup posting.. Thanks.­

      June 4, 2013

    • Joshua

      Thanks for the correction. Really appreciate it. I have updated it. Thanks again.

      1 · June 7, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    omg this hike is very tempting... i wanna do it so bad, but im doing bridge to nowhere on the ninth... hopefully i gather enough cojones to RSVP this one... so what yall think should i do it???

    May 31, 2013

    • Joshua

      Bridge to nowhere is very close to West Fork Road hike but they are completely different hikes. Our hike is easy compared to B to N. I have done both. I guess it would be up to what you feel like doing. Do you want shades, water and easy hike or do you want water and somewhat difficult hike. The distance is similiar...

      June 4, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hey joshua... thanx for the heads up... so i decided to do both.. go big or go home... and ill see you tomorrow.

      June 7, 2013

  • monica m.

    have to be back early for an unexpected event.

    June 6, 2013

  • Sherri B.

    This is also my first time. I am both excited and nervous but looking forward to it. Looks beautiful.

    May 21, 2013

  • Georganna

    Forgot that I will be out of town

    April 28, 2013

  • Tania

    Bringing the kids & Thunder

    April 26, 2013

  • Corinn A.

    Okay I'm in. Even though it will be my first time with meetup, however, I could say I've done Mount Wilson in a day some time ago.

    February 18, 2013

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