My California - East Fork San Gabriel River

in travel •  13 days ago 

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For this weeks Show Us Your California contest by @socalsteemit I'm going to share some photos from my favorite river in Southern California...

the East Fork of the San Gabriel river!!

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Ever since my first trip to the East Fork over a decade ago I have been in love with this massive rugged canyon and the clear cold swift waters of the river that runs along it's bottom. On one of my trips up the canyon, about seven years ago, I was watching some gold prospectors digging along the river and I was inspired to try it myself. Well... I gave it a try and I found some gold! Right then I was hooked with the gold fever and I've been prospecting in the East Fork ever since. And here I'm going to share some photos from my adventures up the canyon this last summer. I hope you enjoy the scenery.

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Hiking by a massive rockslide in the canyon

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Getting ready to start digging

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My sluice box in the river

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Digging under a huge boulder

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Digging my way around the huge boulder

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Getting around the backside of the huge boulder


Views from my camp

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Selfie at the Iron Fork junction

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Beautiful canyon scenery

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Hiking through "The Narrows"

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High above the East Fork

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A nice little swimming hole in the river, perfect on a hot day

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Weighing out 21.5g of my East Fork gold to sell

Until next time...

I hope you have enjoyed this glimpse into

My California!!

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all photos by @derekrichardson

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Wow, that’s a lot of gold! Well done! The East Fork is a great trail too!

Yep. That was the gold I told you about at the meetup last summer that I sold to buy that POS Jeep I was driving there for a little bit. I was sad to have to sell so much, but that Jeep got me to work for a few months so I could save up some cash for the much nicer 4runner that I'm currently driving now. So it was definitely worth it.

Let me know if you're ever thinking about going up there. If I'm around I'd love to join you for a day or 2 of digging!

I was thinking about going up for the day on Monday... our Arizona trip got cancelled this weekend and I was looking forward to prospecting out there. Might head up to East Fork on Monday instead but wasn’t sure if water level would be too high or if it would be too cold right now... worth a try or not after the recent weather? Would you want to join?

Lets do it! I'll chat details with you on discord.


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That's a good haul. I've never gone past the narrows. I usually find a spot right by the old mine just below and behind the bridge to nowhere. But, I'm never gotten near what you got today. Well done!!!

Thanks dude! I love digging way up there passed everyone. And yep, that was a pretty nice little haul. But it wasn't easy. A lot of time and hard work that went into getting that gold.

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Pretty impressive haul of gold, not bad to get paid to dig around in a beautiful creek in a beautiful canyon :)

Honestly I usually don't even cover my costs. lol. But somedays I get lucky and find a really good spot. The truth is that the joy comes from getting to be out in the beauty of nature having fun and working hard. The gold is just a bonus, the icing on the cake so to say.

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I've made at least like 4 East Fork posts already. lol. I freakin' love that canyon. This post is probably still my favorite post that I ever wrote here on Steem.