Fish Canyon (via Van Tassel Ridge)
Distance: 8.8 miles round-trip
Elevation Gain: 3290'
Difficulty: Intermediate (some steep sections)
Time: 5-6 hours
A fun and challenging (but steep) hike near Azusa that takes you up and over a ridge and then down into a valley towards a 80-foot 3-tier waterfall. We will pass the Vulcan Materials Company quarry, where construction aggregates, primarily crushed stone, sand and gravel, are produced. The trail follows a fence behind a horse stable, then switchbacks uphigh along Van Tassel Ridge to get around the Vulcan Mining development at the mouth of Fish Canyon. It's about two miles to the top, with 1,400 foot gain. Next, we’ll descend steeply 1150' into Fish Canyon. Once we get to the main trail, we’ll rejoin the main trail, which is a short, 2 mile trail that still has some ups and a few downs before you reach the multi-part Fish Canyon Falls. This portion is an easy and shady hike in the canyon all the way to the falls. Trekking poles are highly recommended, especially for steep downhill portions.
Hiking boots with good tractionTrekking polesLong pants (poison oak on trail)3 liters water (minimum)Lunch and snacksHat, sunblock and sunglasses
From the I-210 Foothill Freeway, traveling west: exit at Irwindale Avenue in Irwindale. Turn right (north) and go 0.2 mile. Turn left (west) on Foothill Blvd. and go 0.7 mile to Encanto Parkway. Turn right (north).
Park in the unmarked flat area to your left.
From the I-210 Foothill Freeway, traveling east (or the I-605 traveling north): Exit Mt. Olive Avenue in Duarte. Turn right (east) on Huntington Drive and go 0.6 mile to Encanto Parkway. Turn left (north).
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