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Are you guys ready for an awesome, high water adventure hike? This is a little last minute, I know, but if you're in I'm in. Deal?
You will get wet! We cross the river a minimum of 5 times each way. At this time of year we anticipate on the river being relatively low, but may get up to waist deep at some of it's deepest crossing points. We will actually travel back through the river on our way back, so there will be absolutely no way you will stay dry on this hike. This is a strenuous hike of approximately 11 miles round trip, through rough terrain, with about 1000 feet of elevation gain. This is an all day event. Please plan to be gone all day, and by that I mean all day.
This trip takes you along the banks of the east fork of the San Gabriel River. While the river banks are wooded and quite lovely, most of the trail traverses the rim above the high water line and most of your travel is through scrub brush. The highlight of the hike is a mysterious bridge built over the east fork in 1936, which has no road leading to it.
The hike to the bridge is long, strenuous but beautiful and lots of fun. It requires crossing the river at least 10 times, roundtrip. We will travel back through the river, for a few miles on our way back. We may also visit an abandoned mine if we have time.
Approx: 11 mile (roundtrip), 1000 ft. Gain
We will meet at a parking lot at the bottom of the Azusa mountains at 8:00 AM. From here we will get into carpools and drive the 20 or so minutes up the mountains to the beginning of the trail. Each car will need an adventure parking pass which can be purchased at most sporting good store at $5 for the day.
Meet up location and information will be sent to Yes RSVPS prior to the event date.
Bring a lunch and we'll take a break at the bridge to eat. We will then head somewhere for a replenishing bite after the hike.
Water, lots of it. Plenty of snacks and water to get you through the hike A comfortable pair of sturdy hiking shoes that you are willing to get wet (we will not stop to change shoes at stream crossings An extra pair of socks (believe me, you'll want to take off your damp socks and start the hike back with a dry pair even if they're just going to get wet too). Bring zip lock bags for electronics, dry clothes, etc. Absolutely no jeans or flip flops/sandals Dress layered (at least your upper body) Flash lights and headlamps in case it gets dark on our way back. Please no kids or dogs.
Please remember that group leaders are untrained volunteers and all events are at your own risk.