The Forest Service reopened the Fish Creek Trail in August 2018, however Forest Road 1N05 remains closed due to logging activity. The trail is open but not accessible from 1N05. You must hike into the area to access it. Trail camps on this trail are not yet ready for use and will be available once trail maintenance has been completed.
To reach the trailhead, turn right (south) off Highway 38 about 6 miles past the Barton Flats Visitor Center on Forest Service Road 1N02. Follow 1N02 until it forks right to 1N05. Follow 1N05 (not intended for low-slung autos) about 7 miles to the trailhead (8,180′). From the Fish Creek trailhead, it is 1.7 miles to Fish Creek Trail Camp (8,600′). Water is available (normally) approximately 1/2 mile beyond Fish Creek Trail Camp (Fish Creek crosses the trail). During early spring, water may be found flowing directly through camp.
Three and three-tenths miles further is Fish Creek Saddle (no water-9,900′). Water is obtained from Lodgepole Spring (9,000′), seven-tenths of a mile down a trace trail to Dry Lake (9,000′), or packed up from Fish Creek. From Fish Creek Saddle, it is .9 mile to Mineshaft Saddle (9,960′) where it meets the Sky High Trail. The summit of San Gorgonio (11,499′) is 3.5 miles further.
A trail maintenance crew worked on Fish Creek trail Sept 15-16 2018 and cleared the trail to just past Fish Creek Camp. While more work is still needed, you can see how obscured the trail was before the project and how clear the trail now is in the photos below.