trips & events
Region: California/Hawaii Activity Type: Hiking/Walk Place: San Diego , CA
Anyone know of any cool waterfall hikes in socal??
Where in SoCal are you looking for? There is Eaton Canyon here in Pasadena. That is the only one that I have been to-it was an easy hike and the waterfall was a good size. However, it does get crowded. There is also a waterfall in Joshua Tree but I have not been there in a very long time
Sturtevant Falls in San Gabriel mtns. trail end in a falls. But not great amount of water. Icehouse canyoln has a running steep stream in winter and melting ice. in Baldy mountain. I think the best hikes would be ,instead ,in long shaded trails with active streams and wildlife. It is usually too hot in California. Even walking overlooking the cool Pacific ocean would be wonderful.
Sea of Cortez is a great place to camp on beaches and get in the ocean water . Walking along shores and canyon. But is a wild primitive place close to southern California.
There are several around but most of them are probably really dry right now. Always a lot of people tho. The one with short hikes got lots of graffiti and crowded. Try Trail Canyon Falls. I'm sure there are water but probably almost dry by now.
If you want to go to Palm Springs, there is a waterfall hike in Indian Canyons (south end of PS). The waterfall is small, but very pretty, and the latter half of the hike is pretty challenging.
Bridge to Nowhere - I had done this wonderful hike twice and there can be plenty of water around - check it out - https://www.hikespeak.com/trails/bridge-to-nowhere-hike-los-angeles/ - David from Palm Springs
Here is a link to the Top 10 Waterfalls in SoCal: http://www.world-of-waterfalls.com/top-10-southern-california-waterfalls.html I have been to Sturtevant, Escondido Falls (my favorite), Three Sisters Falls, and Big Falls. These are all easy day hikes.
There are also smaller falls up the Santa Cruz Trail near the Santa Inez River just north of Santa Barbara off Hwy. 154 (Oso Creek through Upper Oso Campground). In Southern California, the waterfalls flow more in the late winter and early spring in conjunction with rainy season. I'm all in.
The santa cruz trail also has some great views and also river camping with day hikes for people that don't want to go to the backcountry. In the SB front country there is also the seven falls trail, folks can branch off to do cathedral peak (bring a rope for the top for those who aren't mountain goats) and there can be swimming holes. Would need to be in spring though for either of those to have waterfalls. Was just back in Manzana last weekend and the creeks are bone dry.