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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
According to Vulcan's website this is the last access day for 2012. The water level this time of year will be lower than in the picture, the waterfall itself may have slowed to a trickle. Just a warning so you are not too disappointed when you get there!
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. The van service transports hikers from Vulcan's parking lot through the quarry to the beginning of the trail at the bridge. According to Vulcan's website this is the last access day for 2012. 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.