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North Fork San Gabriel River
Country United States
State California
Physical characteristics
Main source Near Falling Springs
Angeles National Forest, San Gabriel Mountains
3,275 ft (998 m)
River mouth West Fork San Gabriel River
Near San Gabriel Reservoir
1,552 ft (473 m)
Length 4.5 mi (7.2 km)
  • Location:
    Camp Rincon, near the mouth
  • Minimum rate:
    1.16 cu ft/s (0.033 m3/s)
  • Average rate:
    6.6 cu ft/s (0.19 m3/s)
  • Maximum rate:
    276 cu ft/s (7.8 m3/s)
Basin features
Basin size 18.6 sq mi (48 km2)

The North Fork San Gabriel River is a tributary, 4.5 miles (7.2 km) long, of the West Fork San Gabriel River in the Angeles National Forest of Los Angeles County, California. The river originates at the confluence of Soldier Creek and Coldbrook Creek in the San Gabriel Mountains below the village of Falling Springs and flows down a steep canyon in a southerly direction to join the West Fork near San Gabriel Reservoir. The North Fork Canyon provides the route for SR 39, one of the main access roads to the Angeles Forest.

Crystal Lake, the only natural lake in the San Gabriel Mountains, is located above the headwaters of the North Fork in the Crystal Lake Recreation Area at an elevation of 5,600 feet (1,700 m). The area has campsites, trails and picnic areas and is one of the more popular sites in the Angeles National Forest.

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