My wife has the car today, so I have to walk to the trailhead, typically about 2.3 miles from my home in Azusa. But today I encounter an unexpected obstacle: water! As I reach the check dam where I cross the San Gabriel River, the river is flowing and blocks my route. I then head north on Encanto Parkway to the trailhead. There are less than a dozen cars in the parking lot. The temps are supposed to be in the high 80s today.
The fig tree still has its leaves. Occasionally small parties of other hikers pass me heading down. The sound of water in sections of the canyon below is most pleasant. I bypass Darlin’ Donna.
9:40 - Main creak crossing. It’s bone dry. Now I climb the east wall just enjoying the scenery. There are some noisy voices behind me so I keep a pace to reach the falls before them.
I enjoy the peaceful setting. A frog is croaking. The gooseberry bush is sprouting new leaves from it winter stems…might be seasonally confused. The large black willow tree is still in full leaf yet to display its gorgeous falls colors. I spot several more Dudleya densiflora plants growing from the sheer rock face that I don’t recall seeing before. A few people come and go. I chat with some. I never get tired of this wonderful setting.
12:05 - End hike. I neglected to count the cars but I’d guess there are less than a dozen. The thermostat in the car reads 88 degrees.
Epilog - Another thoroughly enjoyable visit to my beloved Fish Canyon. One might think I’d get bored with it after numerous visits, but to the contrary. Each visit adds to my love for its beauty.
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