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 two criteria: 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 out each waterfall and pick your own favorite. The list features the average trail rating of each waterfall hike as decided by the visitors of hikespeak.com. After you’ve completed one of these 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.
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.
This 4-mile hike ascends a mountain-framed canyon to a 30-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.
This 3.5-mile hike goes up Eaton Wash to a narrow stretch of Eaton Canyon containing a pleasant 40-foot waterfall.
This 3-mile hike leaves from Buckhorn Campground and visits a short waterfall in an enchanting glen of tall pines.
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.
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 1.5-mile hike visits a short seasonal waterfall in Point Mugu State Park on the west end of the Santa Monica Mountains.
This easy and level 2.6-mile out and back hike visits the ruins of a burned down ranch and a small waterfall.
This 5.33-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.
This 2.6-mile loop passes a short season cascade that park maps describe as a waterfall.
Or explore hikes around Los Angeles on the Hike Finder Map