Wednesday, December 6, 2017, 8:30 a.m.-12:00 noon: West Fork of the San Gabriel River: Leader: Mickey Long. Grade: Easy, nearly level, 4 miles round trip.
This trip will explore the winter plants, especially trees and shrubs of this mountain streamside. We will walk the paved road along the river to discuss the woody plants and their ecosystem as a whole. Interesting annuals will not be overlooked. We will hike in along the nearly level road about 1.5 to 2 miles and return.
Directions: The West Fork trailhead is approximately 25 miles northeast of Pasadena. Take the 210 Fwy (Foothill Fwy) east to exit at Hwy 39 north in Azusa. Travel north into the mountains (past both the Morris and San Gabriel Reservoirs) to the junction with the West Fork San Gabriel River road, which branches to the left immediately before the river (it has a locked gate). Meet 8:30 a.m. at the paved parking area on the left (west side) just past the bridge over West Fork. Toilets are located near the parking area. Wear good sturdy shoes or boots and a hat, bring water and snacks. A Forest Adventure Pass is required for parking. Heavy rain cancels the trip.