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Hike Organizer: Paul Kemp
Location: Duarte, CA
Hike Difficulty: Moderate, 5/10
Distance: 5 miles round trip
Elevation Gain: 900 feet
Time: 3-4 hours
THERE IS A LIMIT ON NUMBERS FOR THIS HIKE SO IF YOU RSVP 'YES' AND THEN CHANGE YOUR MIND, AS A COURTESY TO THOSE ON THE WAITING LIST, PLEASE UPDATE YOUR RSVP ASAP.
Fish Canyon is just two miles off the Foothill Freeway. It is an integral part of the San Gabriel River system, which connects the mountains to the sea.
The Fish Canyon Trail leads to one of the most beautiful local waterfalls in the region located in the pristine Angeles National Forest. Along the 5-mile hike you will find impressive greenery. The canyon is full of Big-leaf maples, California bays, alders and live oaks. In springtime you will see an assortment of wildflowers including the California poppy, lupine, campanula, larkspur and brodiaea line the walls of this enchanted forest. Stone foundations, walkways, and walls of old cabin sites from the early 1900s can be seen. The cabins were destroyed in a fire and flood in the late 1950s. The culmination of the hike is the breath-taking Fish Canyon Falls. This waterfall drops 90 feet in three stair-stepped tiers, finally sliding its way into a large and clear pool.
Vulcan Materials provides free shuttle access for hikers to reach the Fish Canyon Trail on certain days of the year. There are only 2 scheduled days left for this year, one of which is today. The van service transports hikers from Vulcan's parking lot through the quarry to the beginning of the trail at the bridge. Bring your hiking boots, lunch, and some water.
DIRECTIONS: From the I-210 Foothill freeway, traveling East, (or the I-605 traveling North): Exit Mt. Olive Ave in Duarte, turn right (east) on Huntington Drive and go about 1 mile to Encanto Parkway. Turn left (north) and continue travelling about 1.3 on Encanto Parkway. You will pass the entrance to the Encanto Equestrian Center (marked with a yellow sign) which is a dirt road going off the left. In another 0.5 miles there will be a large dirt parking lot which is the entrance to Vulcan Materials, so park here.