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Fish Creek Trail [CLOSED] is a 13.2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Angelus Oaks, California that features a river and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, nature trips, and bird watching and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length 13.2 mi Elevation gain 2,578 ft Route type Out & Back
Dog friendly Hiking Nature trips Bird watching Running Forest River Views Wild flowers Rocky Snow Closed
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Note: As of 8/17/20, the San Gorgonio Wilderness is closed due to the Apple Fire. For more information, please see https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6902/

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Mark Doty
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Horseback ridingOver grownRockyWashed out

This was a difficult trail on the upper side with some rockslides tough areas to send Not recommended for the mild

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Nghia Do
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BackpackingNo shade

Backpacked June 20, 2020. The last 5-mile drive to trailhead was rough, but a lot of sedans were able to make it with no problem. The 1st 2 miles of trail was badly damaged due to forest fire, so forest crew made a new trail parallel to the original path. Fish Creek Camp had no water; we had to hike 1 more mile beyond planned camp to find water source. Dry Lake was beautiful and was still filled up.

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brian clark
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recently did this trail. there are a few downed trees after fish creek camp that are tough to get around but otherwise the trail is in great shape. road there is easy for higher clearance vehicles (I drove a mazda cx 5 awd). fire damage is bad until the camp.

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Britton Barnes
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Hiking

Road is still closed at Heart Bar.

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Jacob Terrell
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Hiking

The 7 mile dirt road to the trail head is rough, but I did it in my subaru WRX. Takes patience and I hit a couple rocks but didn't damage my car. I would say if you have a longer sedan this is a huge no go, you'll get caught on large humps. If you have a shorter 2wd car that has OK clearance it's doable, but you will hit one or two rocks. That 7 miles took me 45 minutes each way. Will probably take a truck 25 min. My GPS said 10.12 miles one way to the top from the trail head. We were on the trail for 10 hours including stops. It was a long day but a beautiful trail. Elevation gain is relatively gradual, I never felt like I was climbing stairs. Small creeks at the bottom, but I don't think any of the halfway water points had water. We brought 4 liters each and had water to spare. The trail was really well marked. Never got lost or thought we were lost.

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Jordan Bernal
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So high clearance is recommended but not a necessity. I drove my 2013 Yaris with no bumps on the way up, and one knock coming down.(driver error) the trail is about 18 miles not 8 or so like the page says. It is a very constant slope. I'm a newer hiker and I only stopped on the way up for some water and to have a lunch break at 10,500ft. Very do able if you're ok with 10 hours of hiking. I brought 100oz of water with me and had some to spare on the way home. All together the best hike south of the Sierras. :)

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Alana Hansen
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Hiking

Started at Aspen Glen on account of the road being a bit too much for my tiny car. Hiked up to the summit and back. The view and the mountain itself are just breathtaking.I would suggest camping and doing it in 2 days or start hiking very early as we had to practically run down the mountain before dark.

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Andrejs G
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Running

Had a wonderful trail run in end of May. Drove up the Fire Road and that was a bit annoying. 4-wheel drive not necessary, but some ground clearance will definitely help with a few sections. Started off a bit late (around 9 in the morning). Chilly in the low 30's, but was warming up steadily. Trailhead starts off at around 8k ft or so, and took me just about 2 hours to run/jog up to 11.5k ft Gorgonio Peak (which was cold, windy). My first real trail run, so time is a bit slow and I stopped for lots of photos. Gorgeous views all the way! Talk about clean air, solitude, that outdoors smell.. Passing through the campgrounds was great, lots of friendly hikers. Total run time was around 4.5 hours, and just at about 20 miles. Altitude makes it oh so difficult if you're not used to it.

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Radha Khalsa
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Hiking

Gorgeous! You need a four wheel drive vehicle to get to the entrance. Within a half hour, you've hiked into an old growth silver pine forest. The hike is moderate, and the climb is unceasing. It's the fastest way to get to Dry Lake. Very beautiful!

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Teal Greyhavens
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Shelby Benjamin
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John Martin
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Garrett Stack
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John Martin
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David Lawson
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Joshua Rau
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whei whon chang
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Matt G
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Michael C,
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Joseph Saller
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Walking
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Ralph Bates
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Andrejs G
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