Sunday, July 22, 2012
Hike 2012.047A -- Lewis Falls, Angeles National Forest
First, Lewis Falls. I last hiked there just over a year ago. To get to the trail head, exit the Foothill Freeway (I-210) at Azusa Avenue and head north. As you approach the mouth of San Gabriel Canyon (about two miles from the freeway), you'll note the first of many white mileage marker signs. I don't remember exactly, but I think the smallest one I remember seeing around here is something over 14 miles. So figure on driving about 21 miles total from the freeway, past the two large dams, pass the turnoff for the East Fork, pass the OHV area, pass the West Fork Trailhead, pass Coldwater Campground, past the turnout for the Upper Bear Creek trail. Just at mile marker 34.54, you'll see a large, rusted sand dispenser that's been there for at least a year, even though it looks like Caltrans is done working the area for now.
The trail is not otherwise marked.
Most of the trail along this section is well-defined, and walkable without too much ducking. It seems a lot of work has been put in to clearing this trail over the past year.
This time, when I approached where I knew the falls would be, I stayed on the left side of the stream. It did require a little ducking and stretching, but it was not too hard to get to the pool level.
I also shot some close ups of the flowers, with the falling water as an out-of-focus backdrop.
Short hike, though with an impressive pay-off. Also, on the weekday afternoon I went, I had the trail to myself. That would never happen at Eaton or Sturtevant. Still, you'll need at least average dexterity to navigate the fallen timber. Because of the drive involved, you'll probably also want to combine a visit to this falls with another short to medium hike elsewhere in the canyon