ModernHiker.com has a great write-up on this hike located here: HIKING THE EAST FORK OF SAN GABRIEL RIVER TO THE BRIDGE TO NOWHERE
I have a bunch of photos to post and plan to write more about our trip, but for now, here are some notes on what we found:
- Get there early. We arrived at the trailhead around 6:30 AM and the parking lot was nearly full. This was in February. I can’t imagine how busy it is late spring or early summer.
- There were lots of flowers that were starting to bloom. I would imagine that by the second week of March, it will be very beautiful.
- At first, some in the group tried to keep their dry. You’re better off realizing that your feet will get and going in on your own terms – ie don’t fall in b/c you’re trying to stay dry.
- At it’s deepest, the water was about mid-calf deep where we crossed. With the precipitation coming over the next few days though, this will likely change.
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The conditions were excellent for testing the winter traction devices I’ve received over that last few weeks:
- Spring Plate – Carbon/Graphite Fiber Insole – I’m still attempting to transition from heavy hiking boots to trail runners for the majority of my hiking. One step in this process is finding a way to eliminate the “bottom of foot” pain I usually feel. I’ve been working with the folks at MyFootShop to figure out a solution and these insoles seem to be really helping.
- Seek Outside
- Unaweep Divide 4500 Backpack – My first hike with this backpack. A little large for a hike like this, but I want to get some miles on it before my Utah & Colorado Backpacking, Hiking and Snowshoeing trip later this month.