DUARTE, CA, June 28, 2016 – Both the Fish Canyon Falls Trail and the Duarte Transit Saturday Shuttle to the Falls are closed until further notice due to damage the trail sustained during the recent San Gabriel Complex fire as determined by the Los Angeles County Fire Department.
In the coming weeks after the San Gabriel Complex fire is fully contained, a geologist and County Fire experts will be on site at the Fish Canyon Falls Trails area to assess the extent of the damage to the trail and determine what repairs are needed. Collectively, the Los Angeles County Fire Department, Vulcan Materials Company and the Angeles National Forest will teams will deem when the trail is safe for public use. Unfortunately, initial assessments indicate the trail has been heavily damaged throughout the entire length and only the first portion of it is accessible. The reports about the upper trail portion, closer to the falls come from firefighters who were in the canyon that reported of landslides, fallen trees and debris blocking the trail. Some good news...The new interpretive sign and beautiful stand located just past the steel bridge was somehow spared.
The City of Duarte first implemented the free shuttle service on April 9, 2016 and was set to run the service through July. The vans ran between the Fish Canyon Falls Trailhead, 3901 Fish Canyon Road, and the Duarte/City of Hope Gold Line station, located along Duarte Road, just west of Highland Avenue every Saturday from 7 a.m.- 6 p.m., with pick ups on the hour and on the half.
The City of Duarte and San Gabriel Mountains Forever recently came together on Saturday, May 21st at 8:30 a.m. and held a press conference highlighting Duarte’s free shuttle service. However, with the recent fire, the shuttle service is now closed and the City anticipates reopening the service in the fall, once the trail is determined to be safe and open to the public.
For additional information on the Fish Canyon Falls Trail Shuttle or the Duarte Transit, please contact the City of Duarte at 626-357-7931.
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