Little Jimmy, a.k.a – old Gooseberry  4/5 (1)

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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:


  1. I’ve been trying to plan visiting this spring for awhile now and today I made the trip. I’m a California Native located in the San Fernando Valley. The spring is about 56 miles one way for me. The information and pictures on this page helped me greatly if not I would not have found the spring. As of 11/22/2021 the water rate was flowing really well filled my 8 aluminum bottles in less than 5 minutes sizes ranged from 16 fl & 12 fl bottles.

  2. 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!

How to Collect Spring Water

Drinking pure spring water is one of the most important things we can do for our health. Our bodies are over 99% water at the molecular level, so water affects every aspect of our biology. Yet, not all water is created equal. Almost all the bottled spring water available is pasteurized for shelf stability, which neutralizes many of the powerful health benefits such as increased hydrogen, healthy probiotics, and crystalline structure. For more about why unprocessed spring water is the best water to drink, read this.

The best way to guarantee you are getting real unprocessed spring water is to collect it yourself. This is a short and simple guide filled with information about how to gather spring water. We will cover how to find a spring, how to collect the water, how to honor the spring, how to store the water properly and other tips. is the best resource for locating a spring near you. However, not all springs are on the map. First, check the map to see if there is a spring in your local area. If there is, look at the reviews and comments. Has anyone shared helpful information about flow rate or posted a water test result? Is the spring in a pristine area? Do a bit of research and make sure the spring is safe to drink from. If you have any doubt about the purity, don’t risk it and get a water test, HERE. If you don’t see a spring on the map in your area, there still might be some that aren’t listed yet. First, ask the older generation who have lived in your area a long time if they know. You can also ask people in your community who might already get spring water such as people at a health food store or at a farmers market. Another great option is to view A US forest service map, where many springs have been marked. You can view these maps through the Gaia GPS or All Trails hiking apps on your phone. The map overlay you want is USGS Topo. Not all are easily accessible or ideal for drinking, but some are and it can be a fun adventure to find them. We have found over half a dozen great springs this way.

Once you’ve found your spring, figure out how you are going to gather the water. Is it right on the side of the road and easy to access or do you have to hike to it? We recommend storing spring water in glass instead of plastic to preserve the purity of the water. It is better for the environment, your body, and the water. Even BPA free plastic has toxic chemicals that can leach into water and cause health issues. If you do want to use plastic for safety reasons when filling at the spring, we recommend transferring the water to glass as soon as possible. FindASpring is sponsored by Alive Waters, which offers beautiful reusable glass. They have a 2.5 gallon option, which is a convenient size for carrying that isn’t too heavy. They also sell handles that you can use to transport the jugs even more easily. If you have to hike to access the spring, we recommend putting the water jugs into an extra large backpack to hike the water out with ease. We use Osprey packs that hold 2 jugs each. You can also use a wheelbarrow or even a stroller depending on how easy a walk it is.

Filling 2.5 Gallon Alive Waters Jug

When you get to the spring, remember to first give back before you take. Springs are considered sacred in indigenous cultures around the world for their life giving water and also as a connection to the inner earth. A powerful and simple way to give back is to clean up. Is there any trash that needs to be collected? Could you move any dead leaves or sticks to improve the flow rate? Show up in service. Some other wonderful ways to give is with a moment of expressing verbal gratitude, singing songs to the water, offering the water an ethically sourced crystal, a feather, or some other physical gift. Flowers are a popular and beautiful thing to offer, but please be careful to source organic ones as most flowers from the store are sprayed with pesticides and can be toxic to put near a spring. Also, flowers can attract bugs as they decay, so it can be best to offer them to the flowing water directly or a little downstream from the spring head.

When gathering the water, fill the jug as close to the spring head as possible, never gather downstream. Be very careful as wet glass is extremely slippery. Make sure the lid is securely fastened. When transporting the spring water home, the jugs can sometimes slide around the car. Secure them in place or wrap them with towels or something so they don’t crash into each other.

How you store your spring water is essential. It is not pasteurized like spring water from the store, so it will start growing algae if left in direct sunlight. This is good because it means it’s alive! If the water you drink can’t even support the most basic life forms, how do you think it will support your body? Store your water in a cool, dark place such as a dark corner, pantry or closet. The fridge is ideal if you have room. Some people prefer to filter their water through a Berkey filter before drinking, but if the spring is pure, it’s not necessary. We drink our spring water completely unfiltered.

How long the water stays good for depends on how cold a temperature it’s stored at. Spring water is best fresh. We personally do not prefer to drink spring water past 2 weeks old. However, we know other people that will drink it at a month old. It’s great to get in a rhythm where you know how long the water lasts you and put your collection day on the calendar in advance.

I believe that water is calling us to reconnect with her in the deepest way, to gather our own water. Just like our ancestors did. Our ancestors didn’t have fancy water machines. They also didn’t create villages or settle where there was no water. Water was revered as the center of the community and the nodal point around which life could spiral out and take root.

Here’s to restoring the sacred connection with the waters of life.

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