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Lytle Creek (Middle Fork)

San Gabriels beta posted by Jeremy Freeman

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As with all beta, use the information on this page with caution. Obstacles may change or may be dependent on conditions, as well as group skills and comfort levels. Rap counts may increase if downclimbs get rigged as rappels, anchors may get altered or re-rigged, and conditions will vary. Always be prepared for the unexpected (mental, or physical challenges, or gear needs that you did not anticipate), consider your options, and look for the safest alternative for your group to descend the canyon.

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Condition Reports for Lytle Creek (Middle Fork)

  1. SeanClimbRunCanyon
    August 20, 2014
    SeanClimbRunCanyon

    Difficulty:

    Moderate

    Skill Level:

    Intermediate

    Water:

    Deep (waist to chest)

    Thermal:

    Fleece/medium jacket

    Group Size:

    2 people

    Total Time:

    1 hour 5 hours


    Actual roundtrip about 4 hr 30 min. Wasted about 10 mins looking for the switchback trail after crossing the Middle Fork on the hike in. Rocky stream crossing somewhat ambiguous, crossable at multiple spots. Wasted another 20 mins having missed the "earth slope" drop-in, hiking much further upcanyon to drop in down an albeit easy short and low-angled rocky slope, then scrambling thru strewn logs and boulders along the streambed back down to vicinity of the drop-in proper just above the upper set of waterfalls.

    BTW, the "Cucamonga Wilderness" sign in Brennen info is no longer there, supposedly just upcanyon of where the incoming "High Road" and "Low Road" rejoined.

    Also, be aware of the "trad route" option that most parties use nowadays, which descends down the watercourse more so than the Brennen description. At the upper set of two waterfalls, the first 40 ft drop can now be rapped via a single bolt to go down the cascade from the lip of the LDC big boulder, instead of Brennen's dry rap via slings on a high tree at RDC. Ensuing 110 ft rap same as Brennen info. At the lower set of three waterfalls, the first 70 ft waterfall can be rapped from a tree sling directly over the cascade lip at LDC, down to a mid-ledge pool with two big logs, one floating and the other diagonally lodged and half submerged. Rap from twin bolts at the lip of the ensuing 60 ft cascade. Both with clear and easy rope pulls. Brennen info meanwhile describes a long dry rap to descend the combined lengths of those first two waterfalls, from different rap slings on high tree at RDC, down past small tress grown out of cliff that could snag the rope on the pull. The last 110 ft rap same as Brennen info, via rap slings on high tree at RDC rocky slope (do not use the single bolt), and make sure the slings' rap ring is placed high enough for pulling the rope from below. Overall, the longest rap for the "trad route" option is 110 ft, shorter than that of the Brennen description.

    Posted Aug 21, 2014
  2. Eric Holden
    June 15, 2014
    Eric Holden

    Difficulty:

    Moderate

    Skill Level:

    Intermediate

    Water:

    Deep (waist to chest)

    Thermal:

    1-3mm wetsuit

    Group Size:

    6 people

    Total Time:

    1 hour 11 hours


    Great trip, water was flowing but not strong. The third rappel ends in a pool that is chest high for me 6'2". Kids had to swim. Lots of stinging nettles everywhere, some Poison oak.

    Posted Jun 24, 2014
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