addressalign-toparrow-leftarrow-rightbackbellblockcalendarcameraccwcheckchevron-downchevron-leftchevron-rightchevron-small-downchevron-small-leftchevron-small-rightchevron-small-upchevron-upcircle-with-checkcircle-with-crosscircle-with-pluscrossdots-three-verticaleditemptyheartexporteye-with-lineeyefacebookfolderfullheartglobegmailgooglegroupsimageimagesinstagramlinklocation-pinm-swarmSearchmailmessagesminusmoremuplabelShape 3 + Rectangle 1outlookpersonJoin Group on CardStartprice-ribbonImported LayersImported LayersImported Layersshieldstartickettrashtriangle-downtriangle-uptwitteruseryahoo

East Fork/Iron Fork Overnight

  • Sep 21, 2013 · 8:00 AM
  • CVS

Approximately 16-18 mile (roundtrip), 1200 ft. gain hike from the Heaton Flat parking lot to the Bridge to Nowhere,  continuing on to the East Fork Narrows and then up Iron Fork past the Iron Fork Camp.  Iron Fork is fun because it is beautiful and not many people go up there. Slowpoke paced hike along the wild and beautiful East Fork of the San Gabriel River through the Sheep Mountain Wilderness area. Some boulder hopping, rock scrambling, SWIMMING, and lots of stream crossings.  The bridge is 5 miles from the parking lot, and Iron Fork is 2 miles from the bridge.  The campground is about a quarter mile from the East Fork, then we will go another mile or two up Iron Fork.

It takes about 30 minutes to drive to the trailhead from the rideshare point we are meeting at in Azusa (directions below).

SATURDAY we will hike past the Bridge to Nowhere to the Iron Fork Campground (or someplace near there) and set up camp.  That will take about 5-6 hours.  We will then EXPLORE up Iron Fork for about 3-4 hours.  The canyon gets narrow and REQUIRES SWIMMING in some spots in order to continue up the canyon.  At some point we can abandon our packs in order to continue up the canyon more easily, then pick them up on the way back.  YOU MAY WANT TO BRING DRY PACKS OR DRY BAGS OR AT LEAST TRASH COMPACTOR BAGS TO PUT YOUR PACK/STUFF IN.

SUNDAY we will tear down our camp and hike back.  We may go the "Troll Route", going back under the bridge off trail (more scenic but also more time consuming and rocky and wet).

Note: You  WILL get WET! This is a challenging hike mainly because it is long and some off-trail exploring.  You will need energy!

If you think you might want to go faster than the leader and stray from the group, please don't sign up for this hike. For social and safety reasons I would like the group to stay together. Slowpokes only!

BRING: At least 2 quarts water, meals, snacks, change of clothes, warm clothes (especially for night time)(ie. coat, hat, gloves), HIKING SHOES OR BOOTS THAT CAN GET WET, sleeping bag, toiletries, flashlight or headlamp.   OPTIONAL BUT HIGHLY RECOMMENDED: bathing suit, dry bags, pad for underneath sleeping bag, bear canister or cord to hang food, clean dry clothes to leave in car for drive home.

RAIN DOES NOT CANCEL!

You will need an ADVENTURE PASS if you plan on driving to the trailhead from the rideshare point. They can be purchased from Sport Chalet or REI or any ranger station. There is a booth to buy them at in Azusa, but you can't always depend on it being open.

 

Directions to the RIDESHARE POINT in Azusa:

from the westside: 105 or 10 east, 605 north, 210 east, exit at Azusa Av. Go north (left) toward the mountains. At Foothill Bl. turn left, then make an immediate right into the CVS parking lot. Park at the west end (back) of the parking lot.

from the valley: 118 east, 210 east, then follow directions above.

Join or login to comment.

  • A former member
    A former member

    Here's a video of a guy spending the night @ Hobo Dave's Place.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-zRMTkc2A4Y

    September 28, 2013

  • Anne K.

    Great photos Allan- thanks!

    September 23, 2013

  • Anne K.

    Great hike! We had a good group. My first hike with a pug- Delilah was adorable! I'm glad I got to see more of Iron Fork. I'll post pics soon. Thanks for posting pics so fast Heidi- you got some good ones! I hope to hike with y'all again soon.

    1 · September 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am bringing my whisper lite camp stove and a pot if anyone wants to share it:)

    September 21, 2013

  • Anne K.

    You can park at CVS or there is also a Target next to CVS. There might be street parking nearby.

    I forgot- you CAN cook stuff if you bring a little camp stove.

    September 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Since you mentioned ride sharing and I know parking is extremely limited at the trailhead, is there anywhere to park overnight near the CVS?

    September 20, 2013

  • Anne K.

    You can get an Adventure Pass on the way from CVS to the trailhead- there's a ranger station there that sells them.

    September 20, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks. I have to work tonight so I'm trying to get everything now before I get stuck working all night

      September 20, 2013

  • Anne K.

    Anything not too heavy or perishable for food. Fires aren't allowed so we can't cook anything. I bring apples, trail mix, seitan, P&J's, protein bars. Bring lots of carbs, sugar, and salt and some protein.

    September 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hey forgot to get an adventure pass thing- is that ok

    September 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Can't wait!! What's everyone planning for food? Dehydrated or something a little more extravagant?

    1 · September 20, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Yeah, slumming it due to fire restrictions.

      September 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I had an emergency. I won't be able to make it. Have fun and be safe everybody

    September 20, 2013

  • Anne K.

    I always bring a tent. I will bring my water purifier, too. I just bought a large dry bag (65 liters) to put my whole pack in. I have smaller ones that we can put cameras, keys, etc. in.

    REI didn't carry the kind of dry bags I like the most- the kind with the little valve to let air out (makes it easier to close and get it more compact). Maybe Sport Chalet has them?? I didn't have time to go look.

    If you don't want to buy a dry bag, trash compactor bags will work (just not as good). They are more sturdy/thicker than regular garbage bags.

    1 · September 19, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Boo turns out I picked the 20 liter (thought I got a great deal) but I'm sure it will be fine

      1 · September 20, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Ann, what kind of food do you recommend to bring, it's been a while since I don't do this type of camping...? Thank you

      September 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Is everyone bringing tents? Weather looks like its going to be nice not to cool or hot

    September 18, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I am bringing a small tent that can fit 2 ppl

      1 · September 19, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I plan to sleep in the open.

      1 · September 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm excited, been wanting to explore beyond the bridge for many years now!

    September 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    What size dry bag do you guys use?

    September 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Looking forward for this hike

    1 · September 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I will be bringing a group/community gravity fed water filter for camp. Everyone is welcome to use it so feel free to leave your water filter at home.

    September 18, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks!! That helps out

      September 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    how did your little chi do in the swimming sections of the hike ????

    September 17, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      He is so litte that I can carry him, but he is adventurous and a good runner, we run every other day 4-5 miles no stop

      September 17, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      i think i know you...do you run on the beach every day ????

      September 18, 2013

  • Anne K.

    Dogs are welcome (I love dogs!) but please keep in mind that the farther we go up Iron Fork the rougher the terrain (most likely including some swimming- not just wading). You will also have the option of staying at our campsite instead of going farther up Iron Fork. If they are small please keep them in your tent at night so no one will eat them!

    September 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    i am taking my dog harley who is 13 months old and who is enchted with the outdoors
    is anyone else taking their dog ?

    September 17, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I am taking my one year old chihuahua. He has done this hike before

      September 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Me plus 1 thank you:)

    September 11, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Mary!!! Just joined this group! Not stalking you or anything ;)

      September 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Wish I could join you guys on this one. House sitting, so I cant do an overnight. Hopefully next time :) Have a fantastic time. Looking forward to seeing the pics.

    September 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Looking forward for this hike

    September 11, 2013

7 went

  • Anne K.
    Organizer,
    Event Host
  • Andrew
    Assistant Organizer
  • A former member
  • A former member
  • A former member
    +1 guest
  • A former member

People in this
Meetup are also in:

Sign up

Meetup members, Log in

By clicking "Sign up" or "Sign up using Facebook", you confirm that you accept our Terms of Service & Privacy Policy