All that glorious rain that fell this winter made a dent in the 9+ year old drought through out the Los Angeles Basin. The impact of those rains is most evident in the San Gabriel Canyon. Both major dams are way up…and where the river was a barely a trickle where the East Ford and West Fork of the San Gabriel River meet the water is at near historic highs. All that water will eventually work its way down to recharging out depleted water tables.
To get there to see it and the wild flowers in bloom take the 210 towards Azusa, exit CA Highway 39 and head north into the Canyon. Word of caution, grab your Adventure Pass at the Rangers station at the mouth of San Gabriel Canyon to avoid a ticket for not having a permit.