48 Photos - Apr 21, 2015
Photo: FISH CANYON FALLS HIKE - APRIL 19, 2015
 
It’s springtime and another hike to Fish Canyon Falls is in order. Located in the Angeles National Forest just above Azusa and Duarte, Fish Canyon Falls is one of most beautiful waterfalls in the San Gabriel Mountains.
 
For this hike today, I connected with my buddy Tom who has lived in Azusa all his life but has never been to the iconic waterfalls in our nearby canyon.
 
Read the narrative of our hike at Dan’s Hiking Blog:
Fish Canyon Falls Hike - April 19, 2015
http://danshikingblog.blogspot.com/2015/04/fish-canyon-falls-hike-april-19-2015.html
 
See Fish Canyon Falls trail guide at Dan’s Hiking Pages:
http://www.simpsoncity.com/hiking/fishcanyon.htmlPhoto: Fish Canyon trailhead, Vulcan Materials, Azusa, Calif.
8:15 AM - Begin hike.Photo: Giant blazing star (Mentzelia laevicaulis), Fish Canyon access trail through Vulcan Materials propertyPhoto: Fish Canyon access trail, riparian corridorPhoto: Spanish broom (Spartium junceum) on Fish Canyon access trail, AzusaPhoto: Fish Canyon - bridge crossing from Vulcan Materials property into the Angeles National Forest. From here it is 2 miles to Fish Canyon Falls.Photo: Elegant clarkia (Clarkia unguiculata) on Fish Canyon TrailPhoto: Fish Canyon Trail, Angeles National ForestPhoto: Caterpillar phacelia (Phacelia cicutaria) on Fish Canyon TrailPhoto: California or western thistle (Cirsium occidentale) on Fish Canyon TrailPhoto: Fish Canyon Trail, Angeles National ForestPhoto: Fish Canyon Trail, Angeles National ForestPhoto: Fish Canyon Trail, Angeles National ForestPhoto: Periwinkle (Vinca major) on Fish Canyon TrailPhoto: One of several interpretive signs on Fish Canyon TrailPhoto: Fish Canyon Trail, Angeles National ForestPhoto: Fish Canyon Trail, Angeles National ForestPhoto: Matilija poppy (Romneya coulteri) on Fish Canyon Trail. Their blooming period is March through July. This is the first bloom I’ve seen this year.Photo: Fish Canyon, Angeles National ForestPhoto: Fairy lantern (Calochortus albus) on Fish Canyon TrailPhoto: Darlin’ Donna Falls, Fish CanyonPhoto: Maidenhair fern (Adiantum capillus-veneris) at Darlin’ Donna Falls, Fish CanyonPhoto: Riparian setting along Fish Canyon Trail, Angeles National ForestPhoto: Creek crossing, Fish Canyon. The creek at this location is dry due to low amounts of rainfall this season.Photo: Tom Sanchez is introduced to the rare San Gabriel Mountains dudleya (Dudleya densiflora)Photo: Rare San Gabriel Mountains dudleya (Dudleya densiflora).
See my blog post for more about this rare plant:
http://danshikingblog.blogspot.com/2011/07/fish-canyon-and-dudleya-densiflora-july.htmlPhoto: View north on Fish Canyon Trail, Angeles National ForestPhoto: View north from Fish Canyon Trail, Angeles National ForestPhoto: Bush monkeyflower (Mimulus aurantiacus) on Fish Canyon TrailPhoto: Nearing Fish Canyon Falls, Angeles National ForestPhoto: Fish Canyon Falls, Angeles National ForestPhoto: Fish Canyon Falls, lower pool, Angeles National ForestPhoto: Fish Canyon Falls, main pool, Angeles National ForestPhoto: Fish Canyon Falls, main pool, Angeles National ForestPhoto: Fish Canyon Falls, lower pool Angeles National ForestPhoto: Fish Canyon Falls, main pool, Angeles National ForestPhoto: Fish Canyon Falls, Angeles National Forest - Tom Sanchez and Dan SimpsonPhoto: View south on Fish Canyon Trail, Angeles National ForestPhoto: Mexican or Indian pink (Silene laciniata) on Fish Canyon Trail, Angeles National ForestPhoto: Heading south on Fish Canyon Trail, Angeles National ForestPhoto: Prickly pear cactus (Opuntia sp.) on Fish Canyon Trail, Angeles National ForestPhoto: Heading south on Fish Canyon Trail, Angeles National ForestPhoto: Old Cheezer Mine site, on Fish Canyon Trail (location of the matilija poppy and Dudleya densiflora interpretive sign)Photo: Riparian (streamside) setting along Fish Canyon Trail, Angeles National ForestPhoto: View south on Fish Canyon Trial toward Vulcan Materials’ Azusa Rock quarryPhoto: Canterbury bells (Phacelia minor) on the riparian section of the Fish Canyon access trail through Vulcan Materials propertyPhoto: Walking south on the Fish Canyon access trail through Vulcan Materials’ Azusa Rock quarryPhoto: 2:37 - Fish Canyon trailhead - End hike. It’s 78 degrees. There are more than 30 cars in the parking lot.
 
Beautiful weather, lovely wildflowers, rich vegetation, rugged scenery, a fine trail, a splendid 80-foot waterfall, and good company—what a rewarding hike!
 
Read the narrative of our hike at Dan’s Hiking Blog:
Fish Canyon Falls Hike - April 19, 2015
http://danshikingblog.blogspot.com/2015/04/fish-canyon-falls-hike-april-19-2015.html
 
See Fish Canyon Falls trail guide at Dan’s Hiking Pages:
http://www.simpsoncity.com/hiking/fishcanyon.html