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The San Gabriel River is a tremendously popular outdoor recreation destination that attracts thousands of visitors who hike and picnic along its banks, pan for gold, and wade its cool pools. The river is also an important source of high quality drinking water for downstream urban residents. Conservationists and recreation interests have proposed National Wild & Scenic River protection for portions of the river on National Forest lands to preserve its outstanding recreation opportunities, wildlife habitat, and water quality.

Visitors enjoy several developed picnic areas and campgrounds along the roadaccessible segments of the river, while the East Fork Trail is perhaps the premier wilderness experience in the Angeles Forest, with its majestic peaks, large meadows, and diverse landscapes. The Gabrielino National Recreation Trail provides access to the upper West Fork’s majestic alpine scenery, waterfalls, and steep cliffs. The paved West Fork National Scenic Bikeway Trail offers a unique walking and bicycling experience along the lower West Fork and provides handicapped access to one of the few catch and release trout streams in southern California. All three forks support rare native fish, including the endangered Santa Ana sucker, Santa Ana speckled dace and arroyo chub. Portions of all three forks also provide habitat for endangered frogs and birds that depend on river habitat.

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