Family events are a major element that make the City of Duarte a beautiful, vital, and fun place to live. Duarte has an active and diverse population that works with the Parks and Recreation Commission on annual family events and activities in the parks and community facilities including the Teen Center and Senior Center. The City offers a host of enriching special events and activities for residents of all ages, from preschoolers to older adults. Family events are a priority in Duarte with the Summer Concerts in the Park series, Family Swim Days, City Tree Lighting Ceremony, Annual City Anniversary Picnic, Family Recreation Classes and much more!
22nd Family Wilderness Day
Saturday, April 2
Rain Date: Saturday, April 9
Check In For Hike: 7:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. and board shuttle to trail head.
Hiking Information: 4-mile round-trip trail, sturdy shoes a must, no strollers allowed.
Park Activities Begin: 11:00 a.m.
Barbecue Lunch: 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Location: Encanto Park, 751 Encanto Parkway
Fee: Adults/Teens - $20 Children - $15 (8 - 12)
Children 7 and under are free. (This is a wilderness trail with uneven narrow dirt paths, a water crossing, high cliffs, and loose footing. Parents must exercise their own discretion. Not recommended for children under 5 years of age. Extreme caution must be taken during this event.)
The City of Duarte Parks and Recreation Department invites you to hike to one of the most beautiful waterfalls within the San Gabriel Mountains National Monument. The falls and streams should be spectacular and the trail will be ready for your family and friends to enjoy. The Fish Canyon Trail will lead you through the site of what was one of the premier outdoor recreation destinations in the San Gabriel Valley. During the early 1900’s there were over 50 cabins in the canyon and even a dance hall at the mouth of the canyon. Most of the cabins were destroyed in the 1958 fire and the flooding the next year. Remnants of the cabins will be found along the trail. Guide books describe the falls as, “One of the top natural attractions in the San Gabriel Mountains. When the water runs high, the falls are a spectacular delight plunging 80 feet in three stages into an emerald pool.” Hikers must be transported to the trailhead by a City of Duarte shuttle to start your fun hike that will include free gold panning along the trail. Hikers will navigate the trail on their own and will be returned to Encanto Park for a BBQ lunch and exciting park activities including a 24-foot climbing wall for beginning and experienced climbers!
Pre-register to ensure your participation. Limited to 350 hikers. Entry fee includes shuttle to trailhead, park activities, & BBQ lunch. Commemorative t-shirts may be preordered for $15. Private vehicles will not be allowed to drive to the trailhead and the trail will be closed to the general public during this event. Register at the City of Duarte Parks and Recreation Department, 1600 Huntington Dr., Duarte, 91010, Monday - Thursday 7:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m., or mail completed form with a self-addressed stamped envelope and payment to the above address. For more information call (626) 357-7931. No dogs will be allowed on the trail or in city buses.