EVERYTHING EAST FORK2020-11-22T23:26:23-08:00

The saga of the East Fork chronicles a wild adventure of gold booms, mining towns, colorful old-timers and repeated natural disasters. The Indian petroglyphs, abandoned mines, old roads and bridges now leading nowhere are some remains of yesteryear. The river is more popular than ever and receives heavy visitation today.  

From its headwaters in the northern backbone of the San Gabriels, the East Fork begins at the confluence between Prairie Fork and Vincent Gulch and serpentines through a deep precipitous gorge before coalescing with other forks into the San Gabriel Reservoir. [Click on map for larger view]

East Fork Map




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 


  1. Jules October 5, 2017 at 5:03 pm - Reply

    Hey Buddy!

    Great site! Been exploring the mountains myself a little… thank you for putting this info together.

    Going to drop in from the 2 and end at the East Fork Trail Head next weekend.

    I know the mountain from Fish Creek down really well.

    Any chance you have a gps file or map you can share?

    Starting Friday Night… Coming out Sunday.

    2 fwy
    -> Mine Gulch (Fri Night)
    -> Middle Camp (Sat Night)(near Fish Creek)
    -> Parking Lot (Sun)

    Thanks again!

  2. Alden Anderson July 25, 2018 at 9:42 pm - Reply

    I love the East Fork. Such a beautiful area with an interesting history. I need to explore it more when I return to LA.

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