It’s springtime and another hike to Fish Canyon Falls is in order. My buddy Tom has lived in Azusa all his life but has never been to the icon waterfalls in our nearby canyon. So we finally found a date and planned our hike. Visits to Fish Canyon Falls have been a springtime tradition for me for the last 10 years. In April 2005, Vulcan Materials began to provide free shuttle access through the quarry on select Saturdays. Now with the new access trail, which opened on June 21, 2014, hiking Fish Canyon is a 365-days-a-year possibility. And this will be my first time ever hiking it on Sunday.
We arrive at Vulcan at 8 a.m. and are puzzled to the find about a dozen cars lined up at the locked gate. It’s supposed to open at 7 a.m. We learn that there is a little fire near the month of the canyon so fire officials are checking to make sure it is safe to open the trail. Soon it is all clear the security guard arrives and opens the gate to the trailhead parking lot.
11:11 - Cross the main creek. It’s dry from lack of rain. I introduce Tom to the rare Dudleya densiflora and he is fascinated. We pause and admire the shire rock canyon walls. Tom is amazed at the rugged beauty of the canyon and its varied scenery. The falls come into view and Tom is excited.
12:57 - Leave falls. It’s getting warm now. We take our time as we continue to appreciate the plant life and the beauty of the canyon. Tom is an eager leaner as he continues to acquire the names of various plants.
2:37 - End hike. It’s 78 degrees. There are more than 30 cars in the parking lot.
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