We recently went backpacking up the east fork of the San Gabriel River. The river is well traveled by miners, bungee jumpers, and some of the folks that venture a bit past the bungee jumping spot to hang out in “The Narrows.”
We were a couple of the folks that ventured a bit past the bridge. The bridge was cool though. They had music and bungee jumping. The river (more like a creek) was flowing below, so there were quite a few people hanging out in the water below.
We clearly saw the tuba sheep, but on our way out we passed a chatty miner who let us know that we just missed 6 up on the ridge. Overall it was a good trip. Definitely the best hiking (near water) that we’ve experienced to date.
The one negative was the amount of miners that were up there. I understand the draw of mining, but some of the people up there are sketchy. I suppose for good reason. The main trail is something like 6 miles to the Bridge to Nowhere, and is traveled by all sorts of idiots without water, wearing flip flops, you name it. Some of those miners have a bit of coin on them after mining, so I can understand how they would be on edge with a bunch of teenagers running around. To a normal person, they seem like tweakers. They might be, but that just goes to show the level of sketch depending on who you run into out there.
I also had my first encounter with a rattlesnake. I’d never heard a rattlesnake before, but I knew exactly what it was when I heard it. It was near a boulder face that had some water trickling down. I walked up to the trickle and without knowing it the snake was right there. He didn’t see me at first, but when he did I jumped back a good 5-7 feet. Good times..
It was an overall success and we’ll likely go back. Maybe not quite as far into tweaker territory next time.