Hikes to Los Angeles Waterfalls

There are quite a few waterfalls to hike to around Los Angeles. Most LA waterfalls are at their best in the early spring when rainstorms and runoff from snow provide the fullest flows. Some waterfalls dry out completely in the fall, so timing is important.

Below is a map with the locations of LA’s waterfall hikes along with a list that ranks the waterfall hikes based on the beauty of the falls and the quality of the trail to the tumbling waters. Escondido Falls comes in as the #1 waterfall hike around Los Angeles, but each trail is worth visiting. Check them out for yourself and pick your own favorite. The list also features the average trail rating of each waterfall as decided by the visitors of hikespeak.com. After you’ve completed one of these waterfall hikes, come back and give it a star rating. To discover waterfalls outside Los Angeles, you can search for waterfalls on the Hike Finder Map.

Highlights of Los Angeles Waterfalls

  • This 3.8-mile out and back visits a 200 foot waterfall that is split into two tiers. The upper tier is 150 feet tall and stunning after a rainstorm.
  • This 3.25-mile hike visits a 60-foot waterfall in a lush cottage-lined canyon.
  • This 4-mile hike starts at a rock quarry with restricted access and ends up at a stunning multi-tiered 80-foot waterfall.
  • This 1.6-mile to 3-mile hike in Monrovia Canyon Park follows an enchanting canyon up to the base of the 30-foot waterfall.
  • This 2.6-mile hike heads down Santa Anica Canyon's babbling creek to a 30-foot waterfall.
  • This 4.5-mile hike starts from the Switzer Picnic Area and descends Bear Valley to a spot below the 50-foot waterfall.
  • This 3-mile hike leaves from Buckhorn Campground and visits a short waterfall in an enchanting glen of tall pines.
  • This 3.5-mile hike crosses a level park into a canyon containing a lovely 40-foot waterfall.
  • This 40-foot waterfall can be reached via several trails in Wildwood Park for hikes of 2.5 miles or more.
  • This 1.5-mile hike visits a short seasonal waterfall in a coastal canyon on the west end of the Santa Monica Mountains.
  • This 1.3-mile round trip hike ventures into a rustic canyon to a double waterfall.
  • This 1.4-mile hike visits a multi-tier waterfall along the trail to Mount Baldy.
  • This easy and level 2.6-mile out and back hike visits the ruins of a burned down ranch and a small waterfall.
  • This 5 1/3-mile round trip hike in Placerita Canyon Natural Area follows Canyon Trail to the ruins of Walker Ranch and Waterfall Trail to an elusive falls in a sylvan canyon.

Hikes to Los Angeles Waterfalls

los angeles waterfall escondidoEscondido FallsForgettableAverageGoodGreatUnforgettable
This 3.8-mile out and back visits a 200 foot waterfall that is split into two tiers. The upper tier is 150 feet tall and stunning after a rainstorm.
los angeles waterfall sturtevantSturtevant FallsForgettableAverageGoodGreatUnforgettable
This 3.25-mile hike visits a 60-foot waterfall and a lush cottage-lined canyon.
los angeles waterfall fish canyonFish Canyon FallsForgettableAverageGoodGreatUnforgettable
This 4-mile hike starts at a rock quarry with restricted access and ends up at a multi-tiered 80-foot waterfall.
los angeles waterfall millardMillard FallsForgettableAverageGoodGreatUnforgettable
Closed. This one-mile hike visits a 50-foot waterfall up one of the most scenic canyons in the range.
Monrovia Falls hikeMonrovia FallsForgettableAverageGoodGreatUnforgettable
This 1.6-mile to 3-mile hike in Monrovia Canyon Park follows an enchanting canyon up to the base of the 30-foot waterfall.
los angeles waterfall trail canyonTrail Canyon FallsForgettableAverageGoodGreatUnforgettable
Damaged. This 4-mile hike visits a 40-foot beauty on the east side of the San Gabriel Mountains.
Hermit Falls malibuHermit FallsForgettableAverageGoodGreatUnforgettable
This 2.5-mile heads down canyon away from Sturtevant Falls toward a 30-foot waterfall. The lush canyon and the babbling creek are quite calming.
los angeles waterfall switzerSwitzer FallsForgettableAverageGoodGreatUnforgettable
This 4.5-mile hike starts from the Switzer Picnic Area and descends Bear Vally to a spot below the 50-foot waterfall.
los angeles waterfall cooper canyonCooper Canyon FallsForgettableAverageGoodGreatUnforgettable
This 3-mile hike leaves from Buckhorn Campground and visits a short waterfall in an enchanting glen of tall pines.
los angeles waterfall eatonEaton Canyon FallsForgettableAverageGoodGreatUnforgettable
This 3.5-mile hike goes up Eaton Wash to a narrow stretch of Eaton Canyon containing a pleasant 40-foot waterfall.
Santa Ynez Falls hikeSanta Ynez FallsForgettableAverageGoodGreatUnforgettable
This 2.5-mile follows a shaded creek to a gorge containing a short often small seasonal waterfall.
los angeles waterfall paradiseParadise FallsForgettableAverageGoodGreatUnforgettable
This 40-foot waterfall is located within Wildwood Park in Thousand Oaks and is reachable via several trails.
Point Mugu State Park hikeLa Jolla Canyon FallsForgettableAverageGoodGreatUnforgettable
This 1.5-mile hike visits a short seasonal waterfall in Point Mugu State Park on the west end of the Santa Monica Mountains.
Rubio Canyon Trail Los AngelesRubio Canyon TrailForgettableAverageGoodGreatUnforgettable
This 1.3-mile round trip hike ventures into a rustic canyon to a double waterfall.
los angeles waterfall san antonioSan Antonio FallsForgettableAverageGoodGreatUnforgettable
This 1.4-mile hike visits a multi-tier waterfall along the trail to Mount Baldy.
Solstice Canyon hikeSolstice CanyonForgettableAverageGoodGreatUnforgettable
This easy and level 2.6-mile out and back hike visits the ruins of a burned down ranch and a small waterfall.
Placerita Canyon Waterfall hikeLos Pinetos WaterfallForgettableAverageGoodGreatUnforgettable
This 5.33-mile round trip hike in Placerita Canyon Natural Area follows Canyon Trail to the ruins of Walker Ranch and Waterfall Trail to an elusive falls in a sylvan canyon.
Temescal Canyon hikeTemescal Canyon LoopForgettableAverageGoodGreatUnforgettable
This 2.6-mile loop passes a short season cascade that park maps describe as a waterfall.

 

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13 Comments on Hikes to Los Angeles Waterfalls

  1. Charlie M says:

    Awesome site, Seth! I’m heading out to Malibu next week for some hiking/camping with a friend from out of town, and your site is the best resource for great hikes.

    I live out in Yucaipa – was wondering if you planned a section on the San Bernardino NF and Mt San Jacinto areas. I just moved out to CA, and I’ve found some great hiking & gorgeous views out this way – e.g., Forest Falls [off 38], Humber Park [Idyllwild] – but I’m always looking for more places to explore.

    Again, thanks for the great site,
    Charlie

  2. Angela says:

    What is the name of the waterfall located in downtown Los Angeles that has been closed for decades? The structure is located past Broadway Street. It has a stamp on it that says “Port Morse.”

    • John Hunt says:

      That would be the Fort Moore Pioneer Memorial Waterfall located on Hill Street north of the 101 FWY

  3. Jude says:

    Can you tell me if lower Millard Canyons hike is open? And what are the hours?

    • hikespeak says:

      Unfortunately, last time I checked with a ranger (which was recently) I was told that Millard Canyon is still closed and recovering from the Station Fire.

  4. ana says:

    Can you tell me which one has the least amount of people and no graffiti.
    Is there really graffiti up there? That’s what I hear from some hikers. I know it’s hard to believe people can be so tacky.

    • hikespeak says:

      There is definitely graffiti at Hermit Falls. You should not (hopefully) see graffiti at other waterfalls. Escondido Falls, Hermit Falls, and Sturtevant Falls can certainly get crowded on weekends. Solstice Canyon, Switzer Falls, Monrovia Falls, and Eaton Falls can get heavy traffic too. Waterfall hikes are popular, but if you hike early on a weekend morning or on weekdays, you can certainly get these waterfalls to yourself.

  5. Steve says:

    We’re looking into the Devil’s Canyon hike in the Angeles National Forest. Is the trail open? And do you have a map or directions to the trailhead? It’s our first time in the ANF. Thanks.

  6. Trevor Carson says:

    I hike to a series of waterfalls up cooks canyon in La Crescenta. You have to hike a bit up the canyon past the trail, but it turns into a forested grotto with waterfalls. You should include this. I would be able to supply photos.

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