Ultimately the City of Duarte holds the primary decision on whether to repair the damaged trail resulting from the Complex Fire however as of September 2018, the assessment is that the trail is defunct and will not be repaired. If someone could provide an update. Hike report: Fish Canyon Falls - May 24, 1997 Photos When I bought John Robinson’s Trails of the Angeles: 100 Hikes in the San Gabriels on April 25, 1995 (6th Edition, Jan. 1990), I began to comb through the book with eagerness to explore the San Gabriels. Nevertheless, I have decided to keep the description of the difficult version of the hike on this site for historical interest and for reference if it ever again becomes accessible. A very popular hiking trail. Was just wondering if anyone would know if the trail is open. But unfortunately this trail has been CLOSED for nearly two years to be exact. Parking is free! Here a mountain stream passes through hundred … In the summer of 2014 a new trail opened through the quarry allowing hikers a much easier path to the falls. Coordinates: .mw-parser-output .geo-default,.mw-parser-output .geo-dms,.mw-parser-output .geo-dec{display:inline}.mw-parser-output .geo-nondefault,.mw-parser-output .geo-multi-punct{display:none}.mw-parser-output .longitude,.mw-parser-output .latitude{white-space:nowrap}34°10′52″N 117°55′32″W / 34.1811°N 117.9255°W / 34.1811; -117.9255, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Fish_Canyon_Falls&oldid=861610512, Los Angeles County, California geography stubs, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 28 September 2018, at 17:46. Posted by Hiker Dan at 7:53 PM. Hiking trip report, map, and photos for Fish Canyon Falls, located in Angeles National Forest, California. Beautiful trail in Duarte/Azusa, Ca. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. It's way too risky. Just minutes from downtown Steamboat, wilderness comes to life with a splash at the legendary falls, easily accessible for the entire family. The sparkling creek dances and bubbles over boulders and is often graced with quiet pools. The 80-foot, three-tier waterfall is one of the very best in the San Gabriels, when in season. From wildfires and rockfalls to access rights litigation and quarrying of the surrounding mountains, the area has seen a bit of it all. If you're lucky, the wildflowers will be in full bloom! Spearfish Falls. This trail is still closed BS. Loved this trail too bad it’s closed hopefully someday it’ll reopen. Trail has been closed indefinitely. The trail itself winds along a tree-lined canyon beside a babbling creek. Likely going to be a long time, if this ever does reopen. Olive Drive. See Fish Canyon Falls Hike Description at Dan's Hiking Pages NEXT > Fish Canyon Falls Plants - May 28, 2011 PREVIOUS > Fish Canyon Falls Hike - March 19, 2011. Photo by Mitch Barrie / CC BY-SA 2.0 The falls are located about 2 miles (3.2 km) northwest of Azusa on the Fish Canyon Creek. The trail head is a little hard to find and not well kept when u start out. Fish Canyon Falls is a tiered waterfall in Los Angeles County, California, located within the Angeles National Forest in the San Gabriel Mountains. Take the 605 freeway to its northern terminus at Huntington Drive. Unlike many seasonal waterfalls in Southern California, it has a fairly reliable flow year round, due to springs located further up the canyon. It is best to call ahead if youre headed into the higher elevations during the Fall, winter … A small percentage of the trail is on private corporate property (Vulcan Mining / Materials) and a small percentage of the trail is administered by the United States Forest Service however most of the property falls under the administration of the City of Duarte. The waterfall must be really beautiful this year, since when I went we were in a drought. great trail with lots of water and beautiful waterfalls at the end. Fish Canyon Falls Trail [CLOSED] is a 7.5 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Duarte, California that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. Fish Canyon Falls Location: North of Azusa in the Angeles National Forest. I loved this trail .. too bad the fires ruined it . Such a great hike to beautiful falls. The company just moved their equipment all over that mountain n the city of course won’t do nothing because the city makes no money with us m with Vulcan it gets serious dollar..come on people complain n make ur voices heard n if we have to let’s go fix the trail ourselves, one my favorite trails has been gone for over 3 years. So he brought me as far as he could take me, the trail is severely messed up, had to use ropes to get across some areas, making it nearly impossible to get to the Falls and extremely dangerous with 20-30ft shear drops on un-stable ground. Really fun hike when the creek is running high. When one have to use their hands and feet, you are almost there. It’s been over two years already. View this location in Google Earth Four tiers of it makes it magnificent.Watch out for cactuses though they’re everywhere. Fish Canyon Falls is the Unofficial name of this waterfall. At the end of the trail there is a three stage water fall. Coordinates: 34.18115, -117.92566 Elevation: 1350 feet USGS Map: Azusa 7 1/2" Directions are not available at this time. Fish Canyon’s history is one besmirched by a number of incidents which have rendered the stunning 80-foot falls in its depths inaccessible for much of the last hundred years. The access trail is located on Vulcan Materials Company's Azusa Rock Quarry property. Spearfish Falls is slightly off the beaten path, but well worth the walk. Highly recommending this hike. This is a 5.0 mile out-and-back hike with 750 cumulative feet of elevation gain that takes about 2-4 hours to complete. This is truly devastating. I was immediately drawn to Fish Canyon as it was billed as "one of the top natural attractions of the San Gabriels Mountains.” http://www.accessduarte.com/howdoi/find/fish.htm. Long story short, we ended up renting their poles because they said they required a specific line, and you had to buy their bait. The trail to the waterfall begins on the north side the Latchstring Inn restaurant and guides you to the bottom of the canyon where it … The waterfall is nice treat when you make it to the end, though only runs during wet season. Driving around canyon lake having a hard time finding a place to fish as parks were closed or full. The changing of the leaves normally peaks during the first week of October. I would take an elevation mask for a more intense hike. Follow Encanto Parkway towards the hills until you come to a junction with a sign labeled "trail" that points towards a parking lot to your right. I love this trail , also one of the best I’ve hiked in So Ca.. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, nature trips, and bird watching and is accessible year-round. It has a 15-foot drop for the first tier about 10 feet for the second then about 50 down to the pool below. However, it can still dry up during the late summers of dry years. Not to be confused with Fish Canyon Falls on the east end of the Angeles National Forest, the Fish Canyon Narrows reside on the far west end of the Angeles in the Sierra Pelona Mountains north of Santa Clarita. does anyone know if they re opened the trail? Than need to rebuild and reopen this trail. Morning ride at Fish Canyon. https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/california/fish-canyon-to-fish-canyon-narrows Check out the Fish Canyon Falls. Trails are a bit narrow if you’re afraid of heights or falling stick to your left at all times. Spoke to the manager of operations where he explained the fire and why it's closed, but also the city hasn't made any effort to fix the trail and probably won't by how bad it is. 4 years later and the trail is still not open? I am totally waiting for it to reopen. It plays a great part for a more marvelously flowing waterfalls. Wonderful scenery along the trail. Fish Canyon Falls resides in the Angeles National Forest near Azusa in Los Angeles County, California. It is a three hours 4.8 Miles trail, Altitude change is about 400ft (A very pleasant walking trail). Drive to the end of Encanto Parkway, and park in … I wish I could just have this trail back in my life. Beautiful Fish Canyon Falls - A vivid narrative and photos of a springtime hike to this iconic waterfall in the Angeles National Forest above Azusa on May 7, 2016; presented by Dan Simpson of Dan’s Hiking Pages and Blog Found this place and decided to check it out. Bobcat Fire burned through this area again. Fish Canyon Falls itself is a beautiful 70-80 foot three-tiered waterfall. Old San Gabriel Canyon Road Trail [CLOSED], San Gabriel River Bike Path- San Gabriel Canyon to Seal Beach, Falls Trail to Monrovia Canyon Park Trail [CLOSED], Little Dalton Canyon via Lower Monroe Trail, Clamshell Peak via Lower Clamshell Truck Trail [CLOSED], Silver Mountain via Silver Fish Trail [CLOSED], http://www.accessduarte.com/howdoi/find/fish.htm. Spring is the perfect time to hike to this beautiful, three-tiered waterfall nestled in the hills behind Azusa. This is a guest report from MFCC member Andrew Massard recapping a Canyons trip he made on Sept 4-5, 2014. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. Every year, Vulcan Materials (the mining company that owns the land at the trailhead) gives access to the Fish Canyon trail a … I’ve been hiking this trail for over 16 years,n I did the trail before Vulcan cooperated to let us in through their job site area /it’s all baloney Hiking trail, legend, paradise, right in our backyard! Email This BlogThis! 28 likes. The creeks during the rain or right after is the best. It is administered by the USDA Forest Service. Also they believe this trail will be permanently closed. This is one of my favorite trails in San Gabriel Valley. The water was flowing decent when we were there, but since this year was so dry, I would imagine it has been a lot more crazy in years past. The one downside to the trail was the ticks, I had about 3 or 4 on me about half way through. The falls are located about 2 miles (3.2 km) northwest of Azusa on the Fish Canyon Creek. Fish Canyon Falls is a tiered waterfall in Los Angeles County, California, located within the Angeles National Forest in the San Gabriel Mountains. Hopefully this trail will not close because of the fire. A full trek of Fish Creek from the lower Salt River end to it's boxed-in origin near Windy Saddle is a hearty 16 miles! This is one of the tallest fall in San Gabriel Valley and it is 80. feet. This trail is posted closed until September 7, 2017. A 4.8 miles (7.7 km) round trip hike provides access to the falls. Clear and fresh high alpine water roars down Fish Creek Canyon, spilling over the magnificent 280-ft Fish Creek Falls, one of the most popular destinations around Steamboat Springs. Though a little shorter than Bridal Veil Falls, most people consider Spearfish Falls (sometimes called Little Spearfish Falls) to be the most stunning in the Canyon. Spearfish Canyon is a beautiful drive any time of year, but Fall offers the most colorful drive through the Canyon, as Mother Nature paints the leaves in shades of yellow, gold and red to accent the evergreen backdrop. Fish Canyon Falls Trail [CLOSED] is a 7.5 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Duarte, California that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. It is located in the heart of Spearfish Canyon near the Savoy area. At 9 a.m. Thursday, they pulled into the Fish Creek Falls parking lot with Justin Dillie, owner of Love Climbing Adventures, for their first attempt. I hope the city will repair it at some point, but I am doubtful because if the severity of the damage. http://www.accessduarte.com/howdoi/find/fish.htm, I don’t believe the damage was that serious Fish Canyon’s rock walls amplify the acoustics so that the roar of the falls is quite impressive. ridiculous! Go right on Huntington Drive for about .6 miles and then take a left on Encanto Parkway. Directions to trail head: From the Foothill Freeway (I-210) in Duarte, exit on Mt. For The Love of Fish Canyon Falls. The beginning of the trail is the greatest elevation gain and will kick your butt if your not used to hiking, make sure and save some energy for going up it on the way back! Unlike many seasonal waterfalls in Southern California, it has a fairly reliable flow year round, due to springs located further up the canyon. The sheer beauty of this trail, coupled with its ease, makes it one of the most popular hikes in the Canyon. The trail was poorly maintained, and there was no water in the falls. Trail has been closed indefinitely due to fire damage. Here we take on an easily accessible and scenic section of the canyon. The trail has been consumed by the San Gabriel Complex fire (all of it).. No report yet as to when it will re-open, but it will be months if not years. With a strong tuna bite in the area of Block Canyon, known as Fish Tails, going on for more than two weeks, and a beautiful weather window, we knew heading out to that the area would be anything but free of traffic… My best advice is to not even try a way around or even going when they're closed. A survey of the damage by the City of Duarte, the U. S. Forest Service, and the San Gabriel Mountains Trailbuilders along with other representatives from various agencies was conducted, and the assessment was that the damage was heavy enough to warrant the closure of the hiking trail with no recommendation for efforts to repair the historic trail. Fish Canyon Falls is now reached by a moderate 5-mile hike described here. Scenic Fish Canyon and its iconic Fish Canyon Falls offers a splendid hike. Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest. Prior to 2014, the falls were very difficult to reach due to the private Vulcan Materials quarry in the mouth of Fish Canyon, which required a long and exposed bypass hike over the neighboring ridge. Please note, that's easily accessible not easily traveled. I asked for him to take me as far as he can with supervision, just so i can see the trail because i own a landscaping company and I'd love to fix it for free just to open it back up (I dont though shhh.) Love Climbing Adventures, or LCA, is the only outfitter authorized by the U.S. Forest Service to offer ice climbing exhibitions at Fish Creek. The Duarte Fish Canyon Falls Trail can be accessed through the Azusa-Vulcan access trail that travels through the mining and quarry operation before reaching the “Old” trail. Fish Canyon Falls is open to the public April – September 7 am to 7 pm & October – March 7 am to 5 pm, 7 days a week. Your furry friend is only allowed on Saturdays and Sundays, but that’s the only time we can go adventuring anyway so it’s not a problem for us! The falls drops a total of 80 feet (24 m) in four tiers. This 80 foot tall waterfall has three tiers and a beautiful, clear pool at the the bottom. It takes me about 45 mins nonstop to the end and 30 mins for return (faster if I jogged). We hiked this the day after the trail reopened. It really is an intermediate hike. This page is devoted to the Fish Canyon Falls Trail in Duarte, California, and its restoration. As the elevation changes nearly 2,000 feet from one end of the Canyon to the other, the weather and the stage of changing leaves can vary. The Fish Canyon Trail and Fish Canyon Falls were involved in the 2016 Complex Fire, with 95% of the trail falling within the burn area. Soon as that happened I asked if I could speak to whoever was in charge to ask some questions about the trail. Distance: 0.0 mi. …. However, it can still dry up during the late summers of dry years. For information or inquiries about the area as well as current conditions, visit their website. Too bad it was so damaged by 2016 fire and subsequent heavy rain. Fish Canyon Falls Looking down at the parking lot from the Van Tassel Ridge “After years of limited accessibility and maintenance, the Duarte Fish Canyon Falls Trailhead is now safer, wider, and more accessible and hikers will be able to experience the 80-foot, three tiered waterfalls recently named the most beautiful falls in Southern California” Duarte officials said on the city’s website. The trail was cool, a little boring but did have a nice waterfall at the end. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, nature trips, and bird watching and is accessible year-round. Very beautiful with so much vegetation. Fish Canyon Falls is one of the hidden wonders of the San Gabriel Mountains, and its access is so limited that most people have never heard of it. Decided just to walk into the gate of the mining company, knowing I'd be stopped by security. Sorry Everyone :(, Love the hike!! (0.0 km) Location & Directions. #1 Fish Canyon Falls Unclassified Updated: 2018-09-28 The falls drops a total of 80 ft in four tiers.