Category: waterfall hikes

Carrizo Plain National Monument: Soda Lake Overlook and Wallace Creek Interpretive Trail

Carrizo Plain National Monument: Soda Lake Overlook and Wallace Creek Interpretive Trail Location: Carrizo Plain National Monument, eastern San Luis Obispo County. Both trail heads can be accessed from 7 Mile Road. The turnoff is on Highway 58, 51 miles east of San Luis Obispo, 35 miles west of I-5 at Buttonwillow and 55 miles…

Soda Lake, Carrizo Plain, San Luis Obispo County, CA

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Massacre Canyon Falls

Massacre Canyon Falls Location: North of San Jacinto on Gilman Springs Road. From the 60 Freeway in eastern Moreno Valley, take exit 68 for Gilman Springs Road and follow it southeast for a total of 10.6 miles. In 0.6 after the interchange with Highway 79, look for a small dirt parking lot on the right…

Waterfall, Massacre Canyon, San Jacinto, CA

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Three Sisters Falls

In memory of Rob Melone Three Sisters Falls Location: Cleveland National Forest between Descanso and Julian, San Diego County. From I-8, take the Highway 79 exit (40) and head north for 1.3 miles. Turn left on Riverside Drive and go 0.9 mile to the “downtown” area of Descanso. At the market, turn left on Viejas…

Three Sisters Falls, Cleveland National Forest, CA

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Cottonwood Creek Falls

Cottonwood Creek Falls Location: Cleveland National Forest, southeastern San Diego County. From I-8 about 40 miles east of San Diego and 10 miles east of Alpine, take the Sunrise Highway/S1 exit (47) and head northeast for 1.8 miles. Just before mile marker 15.5, you’ll come to two large dirt lots on either side of the…

Cottonwood Creek Falls, San Diego County, CA

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West Fork Lion Falls

West Fork Lion Falls Location: Middle Lion Campground, Los Padres National Forest north of Ojai. From Highway 101 in Ventura take Highway 33 north for 28 miles. Turn right onto Rose Valley Road (about 14 miles past Ojai) and follow it 4.8 miles to a junction. Turn right and drive 0.8 mile to the campground.…

West Fork Lion Falls, Ojai, CA

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Kitchen Creek Falls

Kitchen Creek Falls Location: Boulder Oaks Campground, Cleveland National Forest. From San Diego, head east on Interstate 8 for about 50 miles. Take the Buckman Springs Rd. exit (51), turn right and make the first left onto Old Highway 80. Go 2.1 miles to a large dirt turnout on the right side of the road,…

Kitchen Creek Falls, San Diego County, CA

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Stoddard Canyon Falls

Stoddard Canyon Falls Location: Angeles National Forest south of Mt. Baldy.  From the 210 Freeway, take the Baseline Road exit and go west for 0.7 miles.  Take a right (north) onto Mills, go 1.1 miles and bear right onto Mt. Baldy Road.  Drive 6.4 miles and turn right onto Barrett-Stoddard Road.  Take a sharp right…

Stoddard Canyon Falls, Mt. Baldy, CA

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Tangerine Falls

Tangerine Falls Location: Montecito, south of Santa Barbara. From Highway 101, take the Olive Mill Road exit (94A) and head north (left if you’re coming from Santa Barbara; right if from Ventura or L.A.)  Go a total of 2 miles (Olive Mill becomes Hot Springs Road along the way) to East Mountain Drive.  Turn left…

Tangerine Falls, Santa Barbara, CA

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Santa Paula Canyon

Santa Paula Canyon Location: Thomas Aquinas College, between Ojai and Santa Paula. From the intersection with Highway 33 in Ojai, take Highway 150 east for 12 miles. Just before the entrance to the college, look for a small, unsigned entrance to a dirt lot on the left side of the road. From Santa Paula and…

Santa Paula Canyon, Ventura County, CA

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Third Stream Falls

Third Stream Falls Location:  Eastern end of the San Gabriel Mountains near the town of Lytle Creek.  From I-15, take the Sierra Ave. exit. Turn left at the bottom of the ramp and head northeast for 6.5 miles (Sierra becomes Lytle Creek Road.) En route, stop at the Lytle Creek Ranger Station to pick up…

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Millard Canyon Falls

Millard Canyon Falls Location: Angeles National Forest foothills, above Altadena. From points east and south, take I-210 to Lincoln Ave. Bear right on Lincoln and head north for 1.9 miles. Turn right on Loma Alta Drive and follow it 0.6 miles to Chaney Trail (easy to miss). Turn left and follow Chaney Trail for a…

Millard Canyon Falls, Angeles National Forest, CA

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Wind Wolves Preserve

Wind Wolves Preserve Location: South San Joaquin Valley, south of Bakersfield. The entrance is on Highway 166, 13 miles east of the junction with Highway 33 and 10 miles west of the junction with I-5. The physical address is 16019 Maricopa Highway, Bakersfield, CA 93311. If you’re coming from the east, the entrance will be…

Clearing with benches in the wetlands at the Willows, Wind Wolves Preserve, San Joaquin Valley, CA

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Josephine Peak via Colby Trail

Josephine Peak via Colby Trail Location: Angeles National Forest. From I-210 in La Canada, take Highway 2 (Angeles Crest Highway) northeast for 10 miles to a dirt turnout by mile marker 34.55 (shortly beyond the Switzer parking area, about a mile past Clear Creek Junction). The trail head is unsigned. While no signs indicate that…

Aerial perspective of Colby Canyon, Angeles National Forest, California

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Cedar Creek Falls (West Approach)

Cedar Creek Falls (West Approach) Location: 15519 Thornbush Road, Ramona. From Escondido, follow Highway 78 east for about 18 miles. In downtown Ramona when Highway 78 turns left, stay straight and follow 10th St., which soon becomes San Vicente Road, for a total of 6.8 miles. Turn left on Ramona Oaks and follow it 2.9…

Eagle Peak seen from the San Diego River Gorge Trail, Cleveland National Forest, San Diego County, CA

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Dawn Mine

Dawn Mine Location: Angeles National Forest above Pasadena. From the 210 Freeway, take the Lincoln Ave. exit and head north for 1.9 miles. Turn right on W. Loma Alta Drive, go 0.6 miles and turn left on to Cheney Trail. Follow it 1.2 miles to a junction with Mt. Lowe Road (also known as the…

Trail descending to Millard Canyon in the Angeles National Forest, CA

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Tahquitz Canyon

Tahquitz Canyon Location: Tahquitz Canyon Visitors Center, 500 W. Mesquite Ave, Palm Springs.  From the Riverside area, take I-10 east to Highway 111.  Take Highway 111 southeast for 15.3 miles.  Continue straight onto North Palm Canyon Drive and go 2.6 miles to Mesquite Avenue.  Turn right and follow Mesquite 0.2 miles to the Tahquitz Canyon…

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Upper Hot Spring Canyon

Upper Hot Spring Canyon Location: Cleveland National Forest, Falcon Group Campground.  From Orange County, take I-5 to Highway 74/Ortega Highway.  Go northeast for 25.8 miles to unsigned Long Canyon Road.  Turn left and go 3 miles, following the signs to Blue Jay and Falcon Group Camps.  Just past the entrance to Falcon Group Camp, park…

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