Southern California Creeking
© 1996-2010 by Gary Valle' and Gary Gunder

East Fork San Gabriel River

East Fork Station to Camp Oak Grove



Angeles National Forest, north of Los Angeles, California


East Fork Station, at the end of the East Fork Rd. (1900')


1) 120  2) 120  3) 80  4) 100
Average: 105 fpm


Camp Oak Grove, just above S.G. Reservoir (1480')


When there is water, the San Gabriel River system offers enjoyable class III-IV+ paddling for experienced boaters. We can only imagine what it would have been like to boat here prior to the construction of Cogswell, San Gabriel, and Morris Reservoirs. The character of the East Fork is generally that of a constant gradient river, with cobble bars and numerous bends. A nice bedrock rapid is encountered after Cattle Canyon creek enters on the left and the river turns right. From year to year the hazards on this run vary. We’ve seen low bridges, strainers, undercut walls, metal debris, and cables and ropes, just to name a few.

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