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Old 12-22-10, 07:40 PM
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San Gabriel Bike Trail Conditions

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I was planning on biking on the trail tomorrow and I wanted to know about the condition it is in after the storm. We are going to start from Arcadia and get on the Rio Hondo trail and then bike to the San Gabriel Trail. I am worried that the first part of the Rio Hondo trail is going to be flooded because it passes next to a small lake.
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I was going to ask a similar question. I suspect that various gates are locked until the waters go down and the underpasses open. They do that on the upper lower SART. Similar in LA County?

Are the LARIO and SGRT open? Today they were getting hammered, so I suspect closure. I am thinking perhaps Sunday - but rain is in the forecast. This is so like winter in the NorthWet - but in the NW it can do this for weeks.

Over in Irvine the Peters Canyon trail is almost in the creek at the I-5 underpass, so expect mud and such if open tomorrow. There actually is mud on the top of the light fixtures at ceiling level. At one bend there is mud up to three courses shy the top on the far wall. Now, that would be a YouTube moment.

Some of my photos from Rain Week in January are on the trail page at Traillink.

<https://www.traillink.com/trail-photos/peters-canyon-wash-trail.aspx>

The underpasses are probably full of mud with weeds 4-5' up the ramp railings.
I almost went over to see this PM. but they were getting a heavy cell set on Deluge.

May have to do a beach ride. I will probably head up the San Diego Creek Trail and see how far I get tomorrow.
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Uhhhh, both the Lario and SGRT run through areas of the Whittier Narrows Dam flood control basin. I would expect parts of the trails down near Siphon Rd. or Lincoln to be either under water or covered with debris.
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I will go check it out tomorrow...If I can get in.
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Originally Posted by JustMe
Uhhhh, both the Lario and SGRT run through areas of the Whittier Narrows Dam flood control basin. I would expect parts of the trails down near Siphon Rd. or Lincoln to be either under water or covered with debris.
The street at San Gabriel Blvd/Durfee was officially closed due to flooding, so this sounds pretty spot on..
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Rode today from Downey up to Santa Fe Dam via the Rio Hondo river trail to Whittier Narrows to Siphon road. Had to take Lincoln as there is still lots of water behind WND, a lot of mud at the Siphon Rd and SGRT junction. They are letting lots of water down the San Gabriel. The concrete path to the dam was under water on the Pico Rivera side north of the dam. Further up at the 60 Freeway underpass was standing water. The pump must be out as this has been a problem for some time. I just go off road taking the ramps next to it into the rocks, dirt and mud. I just don't want to get my drive train wet more than i have to. I just glide through the mud at both points. Lots of water behind the Santa Fe Dam as well.
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I actually got back from the trail. i found the gate on valley blvd open but on the underpasses, they were all flooded and the water was moving rapidly. No point in trying to go for a run anytime this week over there. It would be best to take the bike trails on the streets but then again those are just as dangerous because of these wet conditions and cars driving right beside one. If anything, if i find the gate open to santa fe dam when i drive over there. I'll just be riding up and down the top. It's still a pretty long stretch and the very long slope is a good workout.
@LAriverRat yeah that standing water has made it a problem all the time, it's actually been months already, even when the river was dry, water would still be standing there, about 4 inches. people would ride fast and never realize the standing water, i would have to carry my bike and go around it :/
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Thanks for the current condition reports.
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Lots of water behind the Santa Fe Dam as well.

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How much is Lots? As I recall, the dam was designed as a dry dam and has all those rec facilities at the bottom - hostages to floods. Are they underwater or getting close?

I believe it was over 2 miles from the end of the dam to the trail down the face. Lots of dam there.
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About 4-7 in. i forgot which one always has standing water and A LOT after raining, under a freeway though or before you hit ramona blvd.
should be less now but a few underpasses dont drain water and it just stalls there for weeks
I'd still ride but I would recommend ride at a very slow pace where your not getting water flying on you or on the bike
plus the water is very dirty, health concern right there
i ride along the walls incase theres any muck of mud under the water and i fall to the side
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