Fall Creek Pt. 2
I had to go back to Fall Creek. Last time I was here I had one of my toughest hikes. This time I came in from the other direction, off of Big Tujunga Canyon Road, a half mile or so from Angeles Forest Highway. The conditions were better but it was still pretty rough, almost as if the trail has now been abandoned.
Nice view from the top. The trail, really an old road that no longer feels like one, is on the right side of this photo.
The trail is in decent shape, that is there aren’t any scary, washout-type problems. It is terribly overgrown in places, however, and covered with loose rock that’s fallen from above. Photo 5 – The deep gorge, from the other side of the canyon.
Photo 2 – At one mile, look to the right and find a mini-waterfall right off the trail, hidden behind the thick brush. Photo 3 – These concrete slabs are supposed to be bracing the road, but this batch has crumbled.
Across the canyon, awesome patterns layered into the rock. One part looks a lot like a picture of a giant dinosaur skull.
Looking up at the route I took the last time I was here, coming in from the east. I was up there someplace, I couldn’t really make out a trail. The flat patch of trees, shown in photo 2, was one landmark I did recognize. This turned out to be Fall Creek Camp.
As I scanned across the canyon I caught sight of the upper two tiers of the four-tiered Fall Creek Falls.
After descending for 1.7 miles I reached the bottom and the creek. I initially tried to bushwhack the half mile to the base of the falls but that didn’t last long. I found it way too overgrown. Photo 2 – Moon Rock
Typical of the route I followed, just super overgrown but usually I could make out a faint footpath.
I came out the other side and found the road leading up into the hills. Examining the map on my GPS I found I had lost the official trail right around the time I first reached the creek. I wanted to get to the this road, I just took a shortcut through the bush. I have no idea where the old road disappeared to, or if that short creekside section still exists. This side of the road was also a rocky mess, just a taste of things to come.
Photo 1 – After approximately a quarter of a mile I came to a sort of junction in the trail. The road continued up the hill. To the right was the turn-off for Fall Creek Camp. There was just barely a trail here. One of my guidebooks locates Fall Creek Camp as being down by the creek nestled among boulders. This is not correct. Photos 2 through 4 – Looking up at the hills above I could make out two trails. One was the continuation of the road I had been following. The second was the trail I came in on the last time I was here which starts two or three miles east. When I compared my GPS maps from the first hike and this day’s hike, I found I had turned around just 300 to 500 feet or so from this point, just a stone’s throw away. Still, looking at the crumbling trail supports on the first trail I took, I’m not sure I could have made it down to the camp safely.
I returned to the road and kept climbing. I had a nice view of the trail I came in on. It looks a lot less messy from a distance.
Photo 1 – Weird flower cluster growing in the middle of the trail. Photo 2 – The road was completely overgrown but at least I knew I wasn’t going to wander off as I was booked in by the hillside and the cliff. Photo 3 – After hiking another mile or so I came to a water crossing. I knew the road continued on but I just couldn’t find a clear way over to it. I decided to turn back here.