Jared, Kevin, and Jim at the Fish Fork trailhead, 7/2/2009.
The sign at the Fish Fork trailhead.
Kevin and Jared on top of Pine Mountain Ridge. Note trail sign to Little Fish Fork to the left of Kevin.
Kevin and Jared on top of Pine Mountain Ridge.
The sun set as seen through Vincent Gap.
Baldy/West Baldy as seen from the switchbacks down to Little Fish Fork
Baldy/West Baldy as seen from Little Fish Fork #2. Taken Thursday evening, 7/2/2009, at approx. 8:30 P.M. PDT.
Our camp at Little Fish Fork. This is the main tent site. Taken 7/3/2009. We saw only one other set of two backpackers and one group of three day hikers despite it being Fourth of July Weekend.
The sign at Little Fish Fork trail camp.
There's a smaller tent site, just big enough for a one man tent, slightly uphill from the main tent site. The tent is my new Big Agnes Seedhouse SL.
The trail sign(s) by Little Fish Fork camp. The camp is about 30 feet to the left (roughly east) of this sign. This particular sign indicates the trail back to Pine Mountain Ridge and the trailhead.
This is the second sign on the sign post by Little Fish Fork. This indicates the way to Upper Fish Fork camp and the Dawson Peak Trail. The split between these two trails occurs just beyond Little Fish Fork camp and is difficult to spot. To find the trail to Dawson Peak, one has to be watching for the remains of an old road bed *higher* up above the trail to Upper Fish Fork.
Little Fish Fork camp. Perhaps you could get a second tent in here, but there's really only one good tent site next to the sign at Little Fish Fork.
Kevin in his two man tent at Little Fish Fork.
There's an old, long unused grill at Little Fish Fork camp.
The creek just below Little Fish Fork camp. The creek water was cold and tasted good. I did not use a filter. The creek was deep enough to keep a tub of hummus cold for our lunch on Day 2. Yum! :)
The trail resumes across the creek just below Little Fish Fork camp. The trail is brushy but followable all the way to Little Fish Fork Camp. Beyond LFF, the trail becomes more difficult to follow.
My tent at Little Fish Fork camp.
The trail sign at Little Fish Fork camp as seen from my tent.
Across the creek from Little Fish Fork camp proper and about 100 feet further down the trail is this nice cooking area. Someone has constructed a nice fire ring, a rock that functions as a cooking/prep area, and some rock seats. Kevin, left; Jared, right.
Close up of the fire circle. There is another tent site down slope from this fire circle, but it's not quite as nice as the main tent site by the LFF CG sign.
Kevin, hanging out at breakfast.
The three of us ready to strike out for Upper Fish Fork. (L to R) Jim, Kevin, and Jared.
En route to Upper Fish Fork. Note loppers in my left hand. The trail is a bit difficult to follow in some spots, but not inordinately difficult for someone accustomed to spotting old trails.
Baden-Powell as seen from the trail returning from Little Fish Fork camp.
The main S ridge of Baden-Powell.
A distant view of some front range peaks of the San Gabriels including (L to R) Harvard, Wilson, Occidental, Markham, San Gabriel, Disappointment, and Deception.
Iron Mountain as seen from the small saddle above Little Fish Fork camp. If you look closely, you can see a section of the trail to LFF descending from the saddle.
Looking down toward Little Fish Fork from the small saddle. Again, if you look closely, you can see a small section of the trail. We did this section on the way in during darkness. Not recommended. Easy to follow by daylight; not so easy at night.
Iron Mountain from the trail to Little Fish Fork.
The turn off from Pine Mountain Ridge to Little Fish Fork is marked by this sign. This is the highest point on the route (elevation approx. 7500') to/from Little Fish Fork.
Another view of the sign, this time the old road bed that leads to Little Fish Fork is visable.
If one looks at the topo map, it is not necessarily clear what the route to Little Fish Fork from Pine Mountain Ridge is; there are a number of trails marked. In reality, the navigation is very straightforward. From the "Fish Fork Trail" sign atop Pine Mountain Ridge, follow the old road bed (which can be seen in the photo) to the small saddle with trees in it that is seen in this photo. From the small saddle, follow the switchbacks of a trail that joins an old road bed and then proceeds to Little Fish Fork.
Looking down from Pine Mountain Ridge toward the base of Iron Mountain and into the Fish Fork drainage. I believe the very apical peak to the right of Iron is Rattlesnake Peak.
Blue Ridge as seen from Pine Mountain Ridge.
Wright Mountain as seen from Pine Mountain Ridge.
Looking up Pine Mountain Ridge.
Baldy/West Baldy as seen from Pine Mountain Ridge.
Iron Mountain as seen from Pine Mountain Ridge. Note the notches east along San Antonio Ridge from Iron Mountain.
Another view of the notches east along San Antonio Ridge from Iron Mountain.
A lot of the trees in the vicinity have mistletoe, which is a sign of poor health. Unfortunately, the tree loss we have been experiencing over the last three or so years is continuing.
Looking down into Prairie Fork from Pine Mountain Ridge.
Looking at Baden-Powell and the major S ridge of Baden-Powell from Pine Mountain Ridge.
Vincent Gap, closer up.
General map of the area. Map courtesy of Matt M.
The small red star shows the location of Little Fish Fork Camp. The switchback in the old road bed (shown as a trail on this topo) is shown as NOT crossing the creek by LFF. The map is incorrect. The switchback DOES re-cross the creek, and LFF is in a wide spot on the old road bed.