I love Fish Canyon. It’s one my favorite trails and certainly my favorite waterfall in the San Gabriels. I always look forward to the access days provided by Vulcan in the springtime. This year I hit the trail on April 7, one week before the access days began, in order to check trail conditions before the crowds. I usually hike Fish Canyon on several of the access days in spring, but this time I decided to use some restraint in staying away the last three weeks to focus on some other things. This weekend seemed ideal.
My plan is to meet my friend Ray and his group at 8 a.m. I arrive at the Vulcan Materials shuttle loading area right on time but the group is not here yet. Lots of hikers are waiting for the next van. After waiting 20 minutes with no sign of my group, I decide to catch a van and hit the trail.
8:23 - Begin hike. It’s a beautiful sunny day but it’s still cool in the shady canyon right now. There are many more flowers in bloom than a month ago. My pace is casual as I soak in the beauty around me. I stop often to photograph flowers. Morning dew still sits on the plants. Everything is green. The deciduous trees and other plants are now pretty leafy. I love the aroma of nature. Hikers pass me coming and going.
I cross the creek easily and begin the climb up the east canyon wall. Encounter a dog owner who is belligerent about keeping his dog off a leash. The falls come into view. As I get closer I hear a pleasing melody from an ocarina (a small, round wind instrument similar to a recorder or flute).
I leave the falls at 10:33 with Ray and the group. We stop occasionally to look at flowers. Still lots of people coming. The weather is spectacular. I lead the group on the side jaunt to see Darlin’ Donna. We enjoy a pleasant stroll down the trail.
Epilog - Another thoroughly enjoyable hike in my beloved Fish Canyon! Met some nice people. Perfect weather, splendid trail, green vegetation, spring flowers, flowing creek, and a handsome waterfall cascading 80 feet to the delight of hundreds of hikers.
|Prickly Pear Cactus
Other plants I saw blooming in Fish Canyon today are listed below in the approximate order in which I encountered them. The asterisk (*) indicates that the plant is featured in my Fish Canyon Trail Plant Guide (April 2011).|
See Fish Canyon Trail Plant Guide (April 2011) (PDF) See Plants and Wildflowers in the San Gabriel Mountains at Dan's Hiking Pages