This was supposed to be a cakewalk in the canyon, but turned out to be a lot more arduous than you'd expect for a 5 mile, 500' gain hike in the Angeles National Forest. Several years ago, two fires swept through this canyon, which meant that the storms of a few years ago washed out a good part of the trail. So, I found myself wet to my knees from numerous stream-crossings, with minor scratches from bushwacking through fallen, dead trees, with muddy jeans from crawling under branches blocking what faint trail was there and from sliding down steep slopes when the erosion was such that I couldn't get any footing at all. However, I did manage to see the poison oak before brushing against it and had a lot more fun than you might think from my description of this hike.
After all these minor tribulations and obstacles, including passing a privately held property inholding where a guy is building an enormous house in the national forest with "do not enter" signs blocking the public access to the trail (which we ignored since it's illegal for him to block the public access), we eventually ended up at a gorgeous waterfall. Unlike some of the other waterfalls close to the city, such as Eaton Canyon Falls in Pasadena, Sturdevant Falls in Santa Anita Canyon, Millard Falls in Altadena, and Monrovia Canyon Falls in Monrovia Canyon Park, all of which simply empty into a pool at the bottom, this one has several lower mini-cascades beyond the pool it empties into, which adds to its beauty.
However, since the non-existent trail in parts makes this a bit more of an adventure than I want to do on a regular basis, I'm going to mark this waterfall as "done," but I think I'm going to wait a few years for conditions to improve before I tackle this one again.
in a distant waterfall
the washed out trail