Los Angeles Hikes

Fish Canyon Falls Closed Due to Fires

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UPDATE 7/6/2016:

Fish Canyon still closed, confirmed after speaking to forest official. They are investigating the damage to the trail. The San Gabriel complex fire has been contained.

The 5-mile hike to Fish Canyon Falls, a beautiful and natural three tier waterfall, will be closed until further notice, due to the Fish Fire that started on Friday June 20th. There is no telling how long the hike will be closed, but I spoke to a Forest Service agent on the phone on 7/5/2016 and he replied “at least 2 weeks for forest servicemen to survey damage”. After they survey the damage, a decision will be made as to whether or not to open the hike to the public again.

The Fish Fire, named after Fish Canyon in Azusa, was supposedly started because of a brush fire. The reservoir fire was started because of a car wreck off the 39 freeway. As of 6/27 the Fish fire burned over 3500 acres of land. There was an initial fear for homes in Monrovia as the fire creeped next to some residents in the canyon.

Instagram user @mattmaxfeldt took this shot, hiking down from fish canyon during fires and before closure:

You may have seen the fires personally already. Two separate fires rage simultaneously, the Fish Fire northwest of Duarte California, and the Reservoir Fire between the Morris and San Gabriel Reservoir off highway 39. They fires have been dubbed the San Gabriel Complex Fires. According to LAtimes, As of 5/27 these fires have burned a total of 5,381 acres.

With such a large burn area, many local Los Angeles hikes have been affected due to the smoke from the fire. Currently, air quality near theses areas is significantly low. For the time being, please reconsider hiking anywhere near the locations of the two fires.

Instagram user @socaltravels reposted a photo of the Fish Fire:

A photo posted by SoCal Travels (@socaltravels) on

Depending on the damage to the trail, this hotspot hike may be closed off to the public for at least a few years. In 2009, the Station Fire wrecked havoc across the Angeles National Forest burning a total of 169,000 acres and threatening 12,000 structures. In late 2015, a majority of the affected hikes were finally opened up again. We may be looking at years of waiting until Fish Canyon Falls is opened up again.

There will be further reporting and updates regarding the closure of the Fish Canyon Falls hike. Please check back to this page for regular details.

3 comments

    • Bryan M on 07/21/2016 at 23:33

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    Thank you for the update, you’re the only place I could find a status of the Fish Canyon hike after the fire. I hope it made it through… This paragraph has some facts mixed up with the other fire:

    “The Fish Fire, named after Fish Canyon in Azusa, was supposedly started because of a car wreck off the highway. Dry brush ignited from the wreck started the fire. As of 6/27 the Fish fire burned over 3500 acres of land. There was an initial fear for homes in Monrovia as the fire creeped next to some residents in the canyon.”

    The vehicle that flew off the road and caught fire started the other fire – the Reservoir fire in Azusa Canyon, not the Fish fire. The Fish fire was in Duarte.

      • dventura on 07/22/2016 at 13:44
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      Thank you, I have updated the information. 🙂

  1. Reply

    The devastating San Gabriel Complex Fire that struck the mountains above Duarte has unfortunately damaged many portions of the Duarte Fish Canyon Falls Trail and it is now closed.

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