Little Jimmy, a.k.a – old Gooseberry


Posted: August 11, 2019

Category: California, View All

6063 Park Dr
Wrightwood‎, California‎ 92397
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Here I reveal the location of the secret spring that I harvested drinking water from when I’m in Los Angeles. It’s by far the best water around. If you live in this area of Southern California, I highly recommend that you check it out.

To get there, head east out of Los Angeles, get onto Highway 2 entering Angeles national Forest, drive about 35 miles in until you reach mile marker 66.28 and there will be a large pullout on the right, park there and hike up the steep hill for about 200 yards.

The GPS coordinates are: 34 20 41 N – 117 52 7 W

A little ways back on the road, mile marker 65.5, there is a trailhead that leads up to Little Jimmy camp and the spring source is just a little bit past there. The hike itself is a gorgeous mile and a half, approximately. Unfortunately, that distance makes it difficult to carry any substantial amount of water back to the car. However, should you choose the latter option here are the roadside trailhead GPS coordinates are: 34 21 10 N – 117 50 7 W

Either way, the water is well worth the trip.

Here’s a video of me talking and harvesting on location:

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  1. Dane says:

    7-7-2020 Report:
    The flow was strong, filling up a 1.5L Nalgene in < 4 seconds. Very cold as well. Taste was clean, fairly smooth, with a hint of iron/rock.
    Better than the local stream/surface water you can find in So Cal.

    This is a big stop on the PCT for the thirsty and can be quite busy sometimes. Please be respectful to hikers seeking refuge. There are a limited numbers of benches(logs/rocks).

    The ~2 mile hike in is pleasant but mostly uphill. I recommend taking a good pack and some 1 gal plastic water containers (like the kind sweet tea/lemonade comes in from fast food).

    Definitely worth a visit if you've never stopped here before. Also the trail camp is nicely developed and .1 mi from the spring. Great place for a first time backpack!

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