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Fish Canyon Waterfall should be perfect after the rain

Fish Canyon (via Van Tassel Ridge)

Distance: 8.8 miles round-trip
Elevation Gain: 3290'
Difficulty: Intermediate (some steep sections)

Time: 5-6 hours
Parking: free

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.

BRING:

Hiking boots with good tractionTrekking polesLong pants (poison oak on trail)3 liters water (minimum)Lunch and snacksHat, sunblock and sunglasses


Directions:

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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  • Dewey

    Hiking Fish Canyon the day after it had rained was perfect. The ground was moist but not muddy. You can get good traction in the soft dirt going up and down the steep sections, unlike last year when the trail was dry, dusty and the loose dirt increase your chance of slipping.

    March 3, 2014

  • Jing-Ni

    Watch out for the loose soil after the rain, especially the 1st mile, a friendly reminder from King Alan :)

    2 · February 28, 2014

    • Paul W

      Tell the king the trail was ok. We had to overcome fallen trees, rock piles, little missing dirt here and there on the trail but otherwise it was wonderful. The hike was so pleasant I won't miss the next rain :)

      March 3, 2014

  • Christine

    Make sure the trail is open tomorrow. They have a schedule online.

    March 1, 2014

    • Paul W

      We did the hike. It was awesome.

      March 3, 2014

  • LA

    Thanks for organizing, Paul! The wet soil made for perfect traction and trail was so much easier to traverse than last summer. Couldn't have been a more perfect and beautiful day for this kind of 'animal' hike, ha:)

    1 · March 2, 2014

  • Paul W

    This hike rocks. The air was so fresh after the rain I felt like I had a new lung. Cool weather made the steep incline and decline easy to surmount.

    March 2, 2014

  • Simon L.

    Have fun guys...sorry won't make it I will be training for Solvang century ride next week.

    March 1, 2014

  • Paul W

    The waterfall should be pouring thunderously after all these rains.

    February 28, 2014

    • Jin Z.

      hey Paul, I'm here but. But I don't know anyone.... And it's very crowded here, where do I find you guys?

      February 28, 2014

    • Jin Z.

      Wait.... Never mind.. Wrong message

      February 28, 2014

  • LA

    Hello! Due to possible snowy conditions in the Baldy area, we are postponing the Mt. Baldy hike to Sat, Mar 29. As for this Sat, we will host a hike to Fish Canyon (waterfall) trail in Azusa. This is an 8 mile intermediate hike that has some steep sections, but is beautiful, esp just after the rains. Good traction boots and poles are recommended! Meet at 7:30am at REI for carpool. More details to come manana!

    February 27, 2014

    • Paul W

      Matt, see all my comments about the changed venue.

      February 28, 2014

    • Roger

      How will the rain on Sunday effect the hike??

      February 28, 2014

  • Erik

    Sorry, prefer not to hike in the mud.

    February 28, 2014

  • Paul W

    Hello folks, the Mt. Baldy hike is cancelled due to the rain and the slippery condition on the trail. Therefore, we are changing the venue to a safer place. This event will go on rain or shine. Actually, I think it would be much more fun if it rains. We'll quit whenever one of our companion says he or she has had enough and we'll head straight to have a bowl of hot noodle. And, the rest is up to your imagination - roasting cotton candy in front of the fireplace, smelling the decadent violet, um... :)

    1 · February 28, 2014

  • Jin Z.

    This is going to be my first meeting with the group, is there anyone I can contact about it?

    February 24, 2014

    • xing z.

      Hello, Jin, I stayed in Oxford, Ohio in 1986-1987. Welcome you for living in Los Angeles.

      February 26, 2014

    • Jin Z.

      thanks xing....

      February 27, 2014

  • Paul W

    Hello everyone, please note this hike has been postponed one day to Sunday, March 2. Please do us a favor and change your reservation to "No" if the new date does not work for you. Thanks

    February 25, 2014

    • Bill S.

      Yeah, so far it looks like it will get muddy at the base due to the rain, but will snow up top. I don't have proper snow gear so I will pass this one up if the forecast stays the same.

      February 26, 2014

    • Paul W

      Hate it when it rains on my parade. We'll see...

      February 27, 2014

  • Jon

    Sorry can't make at Sunday got another hike plan that day.

    February 25, 2014

  • Shenny

    Unfortunately can't make Sundays, but generally free Saturdays.

    February 25, 2014

    • Paul W

      See you at the next event :D

      February 25, 2014

  • Erik

    I'm in unless the trail is closed due to that snow that might fall later this week.

    February 25, 2014

  • Paul W

    I've uploaded the Big Horn Sheep Survey education pdf but I suppose it won't show up as a link. If you are interested, you can go to "More" above, and choose "Files". Then you'll be able to see the document I've uploaded. Happy trails!

    February 21, 2014

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