Summary: This is a wonderful hike or bike ride for the entire family. The scenery is spectacular, the trail as good as it gets, with bathrooms and picnic tables along the trail. If you enjoy fly fishing, this is also a designated wild trout stream, with catch and release restrictions. The entire trail is within sight and sound of the lovely San Gabriel River, with trees shading almost the entire length of the trail. Just after a rainfall, small waterfalls abound on the left side of the trail.
I enjoyed seeing almost a half dozen giant blue herons rising from the water like prehistoric birds with their giant wingspan. Watch the kids if they scramble along the creek, as I also saw a fat rattler on this hike as well. My destination on this hike was arbitrary (Glen Camp), but you can shorten the hike to suite your tastes (Note the scenery does get progressively nicer the further upstream you go). There are also 3 or 4 handicap fishing platforms along the trail.
Trailhead: From Interstate 10 or the 210 freeway, exit on Azusa and head north 12 miles or so, paralleling the San Gabriel Dam on your right. Park on the left at the signed trail head, about a mile past Rincon Ranger station. Your trail is a paved road runs parallel to the stream on the left side of the water. (Lat:34.2415 Lon:-117.86855)
Trail Guides for San Gabriel River - West Fork:
Hike Los Angeles Volume 2
by Dennis Gagnon (Western Tanager Press)
Trails of the Angles - 100 Hikes in the San Gabriels
by John W. Robinson (Wilderness Press)
Best Seasons: Year-Round
User Groups: Hikers, Dogs, Bikes,
Ranger Contact: Angeles National Forest (626) 335-1251
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by Jim Zuber, who has posted 104 other hikes on this site
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Reviewed by CPTaMerica on 11/20/2012
Easy walk. 12.5 miles RT. 800' elevation gain. Campground is nice, will fit at least 12 OR MORE tents comfortably on FLAT ground. Four BBQs and fire rings. Pit toilets. Great trout fishing. No water, stream 20' away, must treat. Cogswell dam and truck trail nearby. DO NOT MISS the 3 waterfalls 1/4 mile SOUTH of the campground in Glen canyon. No real trail to them, blaze your own. Careful on seeing the two higher ones, loose ground. DO not be afraid of the party going on the first mile of the route. After the first bridge in, there are NO partiers, graffiti, pizza toting, bear drinking revelers. Completely quiet and remote. Watch for bears. Explore the trails into several canyons along the way.
Reviewed by Viewer on 6/14/2011
Beautiful - I was very impressed by all the hard work that has gone into making this area clean of trash and grafiti. Kudos to all who made this happen. I was so entranced by the beauty I didn't realize how far we had walked. I almost didn't make it back to the car. Will pace myself better next time.
Reviewed by Moejoe on 2/20/2011
Easy walk in the park. One who mentioned trollers is right: all asphalt paved, 10 feet wide. Yet still available enough wilderness and its beauty. Äi not pay much attention to the grafiti/trash. Love the trail. I better use this to initiate Angelinos than the East fork. LOL
Reviewed by DS on 9/9/2010
Flat tarmacked road along the river. Great country side. Easy to walk. Should have taken my granddaughter in the stroller with me.
Reviewed by WSG on 8/4/2010
This concerns Bear Creek Trail. We hiked up making about 18 crossings each way. Creek and canyon is beautiful. Graffiti is so bad all the way up, I'll not go back.
Reviewed by Adam on 7/3/2010
Hiked part way up Bear Creek Trail at mile one of the west fork trail. There were a lot of creek crossings that I wasn't prepared for and I decided to head back to West Fork. The rest of West Fork was quite scenic and not too crowded given it was a holiday weekend.
Reviewed by James on 6/13/2010
Reopened about 2 weeks ago. Waterfalls very nice. Spotted Tiger Lilies several times - not seen elsewhere I've hiked. Glen Camp is nice with picnic tables, barbeques, modern outhouse. One tent there on Friday.
Reviewed by mg on 5/16/2010
Trail is closed about 1/2 mile past bear creek. Too bad- the scenery was wonderful! Saw a bobcat crossing the road, and a multitude of birds, including orioles. Will come back when the trail is open.
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