Re: [hiking-482] New Meetup: East Fork and Iron Fork Overnight

From: Anne K.
Sent on: Friday, June 19, 2009 3:25 AM
I have always wanted to do that!!!!!!!!! (spend 6 weeks camping in the narrows).? I can't leave my kitty-cats that long but I will do it someday!?

I've camped out here several times and never saw any tarantulas?!? I have seen fresh mountain lion tracks, though.

That tunnel is now filled in with rocks so you can no longer go in.? I would like to see the cabin.

Have a good weekend!

On Thu, Jun 18, 2009 at 8:16 AM, Trevor Col?n <[address removed]> wrote:
The tunnel is still there underground. ?As you turn around the bend coming from the bridge, and start heading down to the water, ?keep looking to your left, just a few minutes before the beginning of the narrows. ?You have to scramble up about 30 feet, but there is a cave like entrance to the tunnel. ?You can go inside. ?It is quite large. ?You can climb down onto the road surface over some boulders and it is possible to walk around inside for about 100 - 200 feet...?

Also a ways back into the narrows, i dont remember if it is past fishfork or ironfork?, there is a stone cabin someone maintains and it looks like they live there for part of the year. ?It is well hidden...

I spent 6 weeks camping at the beginning of the narrows a few years ago, just to see what it would be like. ?I worked on the weekends and lived at the beginning of the narrows mon - thurs. ?I really got to know that portion of the east fork...

Tarantulas?come out at night so sleep in tents or something to protect you...

Good luck with your group!!

Trev
On Jun 18, 2009, at 3:26 AM, Anne K. wrote:

Too bad you can't make it!? I'm still not sure where the "cave" is.? I know where the tunnel used to be- just past the bridge.

On Tue, Jun 16, 2009 at 1:11 PM, Trevor Col?n <[address removed]> wrote:
great campspot at the beginning of the narrows with springs coming out of the rock across the stream, trees for shade. It is just past the cave.?
camped there many times...love to go but work on weekends. ?Great 3 day trip!!!
On Jun 16, 2009, at 10:47 AM, Anne K. wrote:

Announcing a new Meetup for Wild Wild West Hardcore Slowpoke River Canyon Hikers!

What: East Fork and Iron Fork Overnight

When: July 11,[masked]:00 AM

Where: (A location has not been chosen yet.)

THIS IS AN OVERNIGHT BACKPACK through the beautiful Sheep Mountain Wilderness area. We will meet in Azusa at 8am (directions below), then drive up San Gabriel Canyon Road to the East Fork Ranger Station (14 miles, about 30 minutes). From there we will hike to the Bridge to Nowhere (5 miles) then into the East Fork Narrows (about a half a mile farther). We will hike at an EXTREMELY SLOWPOKE pace along the wild and beautiful East Fork of the San Gabriel River. Some boulder hopping, rock scrambling, and 30+ stream crossings. With lots of breaks it will take about 4 hours to hike to the place we will set up camp.

After we set up camp we will go a little further up the canyon and explore along the Iron Fork. Sunday we can do more exploring in the area before we head back if everyone is up for it, or we can just hang out at camp. WE WILL NOT START HIKING BACK TO THE RANGER STATION UNTIL ABOUT 3PM ON SUNDAY. The reason for this is that I would like to spend the day in the wilderness, not the city.

We can explore, relax, go swimming, it will be a FUN ADVENTURE!!!

Note: You MAY get WET! This is a challenging hike mainly because it is rocky and we will have heavy packs on- 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!!
If you need to be back at a certain time on Sunday please do not sign up for this hike.

BRING: At least 2 quarts water (I will have a water purifier if you need to refill), tons of food, warm clothes (it can get cold at night sometimes), hiking shoes or boots that can get wet, flashlight or headlamp, raincoat?, bathing suit (optional), tent, sleeping bag, Adventure Pass, book to read (optional) and 10 essentials are recommended but not required. No camp fires are allowed.

RAIN DOES NOT CANCEL! (That's what raincoats are for).

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. Pass Foothill Bl., pass the downtown area, pass the Ranger Station on the right, pass a gated community on the left, and turn right on Old San Gabriel Canyon Rd. (just before some stables).
It is 2.5 miles from the 210 Freeway to the Ranger Station just north of town, and .8 mi from the Ranger Station to the East Old San Gabriel Road. This is where the El EnCanto Restaurant used to be, and the property was purchased from the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy. They allow daytime parking. The Ranch Market in Azusa (Azusa Av. @ 9th St) is now closed so we can no longer meet there. From here we can make arrangements for carpooling if we want to- although any cars not going up to the trailhead may have to park at the Ranger Station or in town (I'll find out where it's o.k. to park overnight in town).

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

Learn more here:
http://hiking.meetup.com/482/calendar/10664292/




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