Fish Canyon Falls is a tiered waterfall in Los Angeles County, California, located within the Angeles National Forest in the San Gabriel Mountains. The sheer beauty of this trail, coupled with its ease, makes it one of the most popular hikes in the Canyon. 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. Email This BlogThis! The trail itself winds along a tree-lined canyon beside a babbling creek. Soon as that happened I asked if I could speak to whoever was in charge to ask some questions about the trail. Here we take on an easily accessible and scenic section of the canyon. 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. However, it can still dry up during the late summers of dry years. It has a 15-foot drop for the first tier about 10 feet for the second then about 50 down to the pool below. 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. Spearfish Falls. 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. http://www.accessduarte.com/howdoi/find/fish.htm, I don’t believe the damage was that serious Likely going to be a long time, if this ever does reopen. This trail is posted closed until September 7, 2017. 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. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, nature trips, and bird watching and is accessible year-round. It’s been over two years already. Unlike many seasonal waterfalls in Southern California, it has a fairly reliable flow year round, due to springs located further up the canyon. This is a guest report from MFCC member Andrew Massard recapping a Canyons trip he made on Sept 4-5, 2014. #1 Fish Canyon Falls Unclassified Updated: 2018-09-28 The falls drops a total of 80 ft in four tiers. Location & Directions. Fish Canyon Falls is the Unofficial name of this waterfall. 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! The trail was poorly maintained, and there was no water in the falls. For The Love of Fish Canyon Falls. Fish Canyon Falls itself is a beautiful 70-80 foot three-tiered waterfall. does anyone know if they re opened the trail? I love this trail , also one of the best I’ve hiked in So Ca.. The waterfall must be really beautiful this year, since when I went we were in a drought. 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. In the summer of 2014 a new trail opened through the quarry allowing hikers a much easier path to the falls. View this location in Google Earth Fish Canyon Falls is now reached by a moderate 5-mile hike described here. 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. This is one of my favorite trails in San Gabriel Valley. A 4.8 miles (7.7 km) round trip hike provides access to the falls. Hopefully this trail will not close because of the fire. Hiking trail, legend, paradise, right in our backyard! This 80 foot tall waterfall has three tiers and a beautiful, clear pool at the the bottom. http://www.accessduarte.com/howdoi/find/fish.htm. Spearfish Falls is slightly off the beaten path, but well worth the walk. The waterfall is nice treat when you make it to the end, though only runs during wet season. ridiculous! 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