The weather is forecast for a summer storm over the weekend, but I don’t think it will affect my hike. As usual, I arrive at the trailhead at opening time to get an early start.
Cooper Canyon Falls or Lewis Falls (see Seasons of the San Gabriels at Dan's Hiking Pages).
I start to feel some light sprinkles so I pick up my pace. Elderberry (tree), phacelia, chemise, California fuchsia, and Leafy daisy are added to our blooming list. As I approach the falls, the only sound is the voices of the crowd.
The falls are merely a trickle wetting the rock face. The pool is mostly dry with only a few inches of water in the deeper section. Tadpoles swim around the pool and tiny frogs jump around the rocks. The criminal vandalism blights the setting.
11:25 - Leave falls. My pace is causal as I continue to enjoy the plants and scenery. Occasionally I am passed by other hikers coming and going. The cloud cover keeps the temperature down but it’s quite humid. But I’ll take humidity that comes with the fresh aromas following a rain (later I learned that there is a word for that smell: petrichor. Here is a link that describes the fascinating science behind it). I eat a lone ripe blackberry. I love Fish Canyon. Summer is not an ideal time to be here, but there is still a beauty, and the clouds and rain have made it pleasant today.
1:30 - End hike. There are lots of cars in the parking lot.
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