Distance: 5.5 miles+
Elevation: 600 ft.
Duration: 3.5 hours, including breaks
Level: 3/10 with a minor amount of rock scrambling to and from the falls.
Bring: 2 liters water, snacks, sunscreen, hiking shoes or boots, jacket/hoodie.
Dogs allowed on leash with well-trained owner.**
This has always been a good time of year to hike Fish Canyon--and it used to be the only time of year, since most of the trail is on private property. Strangely enough, the hiking area encompasses acres of land owned by Vulcan Materials. Part of it is a rock quarry, which provides rock for road building and freeway construction. You may ask yourself, why hike here? The answer is that once you get past the parking lot and beyond the first half mile entrance to the trailhead, you will enter one of the most lush, pristine, and gorgeous hiking areas in southern California. And a waterfall!
The area has remained in good condition for a very simple reason-- up until recently, it was closed most of the year and public access was restricted to a few weekends in the Spring. **So 'leave no trace' is the norm here, not the exception. (As it should be on all hikes everywhere--so much for my Sierra Club speech.)
See you on the trail!