Photo by Jason Hickey


The saga of the East Fork chronicles a wild adventure of gold booms, mining towns, colorful old-timers and repeated natural disasters. The abandoned mines, old roads and bridges now leading nowhere are some remains of yesteryear. 

 From its headwaters in the northern backbone of the San Gabriels, the East Fork serpentines through a heavily wooded forest and a deep precipitous gorge before it coalesces with the other forks into the San Gabriel River…


The East Fork begins at the confluence between Prairie Fork and Vincent Gulch. It has two main forks: Prairie and Fish Fork. It then turns west and flows into the San Gabriel Reservoir. [Click on image for larger view]




Mines of the East Fork, 1980. John W. Robinson

Mines of the San Gabriels, 1973. John W. Robinson

The San Gabriels II, 1983. John W. Robinson

A Guidebook to the San Gabriel Mountains of California, 1970. Russ Leadabrand

A History of the San Gabriel Mountains, Part I & II. Charles Clark Vernon

Early Gold Mining Days in the San Gabriel Canyon, Frank Rolfe

Los Angeles Star. Various issues from California Digital Newspaper Collection

Azusa Herald, Various issues from Azusa, city website.

Trails Magazine, Summer 1936, Summer 1938. From Department of Parks and Recreation Trails County of Los Angeles