Taking the road less traveled.
So about a year ago I was out prospecting for gold in my favorite area of the East Fork of the San Gabriel river and I'd decided to try to hike out via the old High Trail that the old timer prospector George Trogden had built to access his cabin when the water levels on the river got too high for crossing. The trail hadn't seen any maintenance since Trogden's death in 1929, so the majority of it was washed out and/or overgrown with brush. It was really tough, but I was able to do it. And the awesome views were more than enough reward.
The site where George Trogden once lived
Views from the High Trail
Views from the High trail
Overlooking the "Bridge to Nowhere" from the High trail
So then fast forward to just a few weeks ago I was out prospecting my spot on the river and I was visited by my good buddy and fellow youtuber Alan aka Pharroah. Who had brought out a group of his friends to camp out overnight. That night while we were all hanging out I started telling Alan how I was able to find and make it through on the High trail. Alan is also an avid explorer and knows more about the East fork than anyone I know. He is the only other person I knew that had attempted finding it. And even he had failed. So he was very much intrigued by my story.
Camping out in the East Fork
Then this last weekend Alan had organized a clean up project where he got a group of people to hike 4 miles up the river and clean up a bunch of trash left by some low life litterbug. I joined them in that mission and we were able to haul out 23 bags of trash!!
The next day Alan and I headed out for the big adventure! We started hiking early and stopped for a quick break at the base of our big climb, about 5 miles up river, and we made some breakfast. Then we made the big climb up to the High trail, which we were able to find and follow all the way through to the Iron fork!! It was an awesome adventure, climbing high up on the mountainside with the bighorn sheep!! I would tell you more of the details, but Alan has graciously given me permission to use his videos in my Steemit posts (you can ask him if you don't believe me). So I'll just let his awesome video do the talking...
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*All videos are by Pharroah and are used with his permission
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