May 13th, 2006

Egrets Reading

Fish Canyon Falls

Fish Canyon Falls.

In the San Gabriel Valley area of Los Angeles County, it is a legend among hikers. A fairy tale....the beautiful princess (waterfall) that is hidden from view by the evil stepfather (rock quarry company) and the endurance trial that knights (hikers) have to take in order to catch a glimpse of the princess (waterfall).

Well, the fairy godmother (public opinion) of the princess(waterfall) has cast a spell of positive public relations upon the evil stepfather (rock quarry company) which has opened the castle doors (rock quarry company gate) to knights (hikers) seeking the princess (waterfall).

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Next Saturday is Vulcan's last "Open Saturday" in a while, so if you live in L.A. and have never seen this waterfall, next weekend would be a very good time to hike to it. From 7 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., hikers will be permitted to access the trail through the quarry. To get to the entrance, take the Mt Olive Drive exit off the 210 freeway in the city of Duarte. Go north to the first stoplight, Huntington Drive and turn right. Then, turn left on Encanto Parkway. Follow Encanto Parkway about a mile and a half until it dead-ends into the Vulcan Azusa Rock Quarry and park in the company parking lot.

Again, if you try to do this any other day other than next Saturday (5-20-06), you will have to park in the Fish Canyon Trail parking lot before the quarry and hike the killer bypass trail around it.