Hikes to Los Angeles Waterfalls
Numerous waterfalls can be seen on hikes around Los Angeles. Most LA waterfalls are at their best in the early months of the year when rainstorms and runoff from snow provide the fullest flows. Some waterfalls dry out completely in the fall, so timing is important.
The list below offers a general ranking of LA’s 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 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.
A map with the locations of each LA waterfall hike is below the list. To discover waterfalls outside Los Angeles, you can search for waterfalls on the Hike Finder Map.
Hikes to 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 and a lush cottage-lined canyon.
|Fish Canyon Falls|
This 4.8-mile round trip hike leaves from an active rock quarry and progresses up a beautiful canyon to a mesmerizing multi-tiered waterfall.
This one-mile hike visits a 50-foot waterfall up one of the most scenic canyons in the range.
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.
|Trail Canyon Falls|
This 4-mile hike visits a 40-foot beauty on the east side of the San Gabriel Mountains.
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.
This 4.5-mile hike starts from the Switzer Picnic Area and descends Bear Vally to a spot below the 50-foot waterfall.
|Cooper Canyon Falls|
This 3-mile hike leaves from Buckhorn Campground and visits a short waterfall in an enchanting glen of tall pines.
|Eaton Canyon Falls|
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|
This 2.5-mile follows a shaded creek to a gorge containing a short often small seasonal waterfall.
This 40-foot waterfall is located within Wildwood Park in Thousand Oaks and is reachable via several trails, including a 2.55-mile loop.
|La Jolla Canyon Falls|
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|
This 1.3-mile round trip hike ventures into a rustic canyon to a double waterfall.
|San Antonio Falls|
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.
|Los Pinetos Waterfall|
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 Loop|
This 2.6-mile loop passes a short season cascade that park maps describe as a waterfall.
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