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.

Highlights of Los Angeles Waterfalls

  • This waterfall is split into two tiers. The upper tier, which is harder to reach, is 150 feet tall and stunning after rainstorms.
  • This beautiful 60-foot waterfall is up a lush cottage-lined canyon.
  • This mesmerizing multi-tiered waterfall lies within an inviting canyon behind an active rock quarry.
  • This 30-foot waterfall can be reached on short to moderate hikes up a wooded canyon in Monrovia Canyon Park.
  • This 30-foot waterfall is downstream from Sturtevant Falls in Santa Anita Canyon.
  • This 50-foot waterfall in Bear Valley is reached on a downhill hike from the Switzer Picnic Area.
  • This short waterfall borders a glen of large pines in a canyon below Buckhorn Campground.
  • This lovely 40-foot waterfall is tucked into the rugged canyon behind the tame Eaton Canyon Park.
  • This 40-foot waterfall drops into a cattail-lined pool in Wildwood Park.
  • This short seasonal waterfall graces a coastal canyon on the west end of the Santa Monica Mountains.
  • This double waterfall is a short distance up a rustic canyon with historical features.
  • This multi-tier waterfall tumbles and slides down the side of Mount Baldy.
  • This short waterfall is located next to the ruins of a fancy ranch home in a Malibu canyon.
  • This elusive waterfall is short in height and season, tucked away in a sylvan canyon near Placerita Canyon Natural Area.

Hikes to Los Angeles Waterfalls

Escondido Falls Hike - Los Angeles Waterfall

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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.
Sturtevant Falls Hike - Los Angeles Waterfall

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This 3.25-mile hike visits a 60-foot waterfall and a lush cottage-lined canyon.

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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.
Fish Canyon Falls Hike - Los Angeles Waterfall

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This one-mile hike visits a 50-foot waterfall up one of the most scenic canyons in the range.
Millard Canyon Falls Hike - Los Angeles Waterfall

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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.
Monrovia Falls Hike - Los Angeles Waterfall

Trail Canyon Falls Hike - Los Angeles Waterfall

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This 4-mile hike ascends a mountain-framed canyon to a 30-foot beauty on the east side of the San Gabriel Mountains.
Hermit Falls Hike - Los Angeles Waterfall

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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.

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This 4.5-mile hike starts from the Switzer Picnic Area and descends Bear Vally to a spot below the 50-foot waterfall.
Switzer Falls Hike - Los Angeles Waterfall

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This 3.5-mile hike goes up Eaton Wash to a narrow stretch of Eaton Canyon containing a pleasant 40-foot waterfall.
Eaton Canyon Falls Hike - Los Angeles Waterfall
Cooper Canyon Falls Hike - Los Angeles Waterfall

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This 3-mile hike leaves from Buckhorn Campground and visits a short waterfall in an enchanting glen of tall pines.
Santa Ynez Falls Hike - Los Angeles Waterfall

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This 2.5-mile follows a shaded creek to a gorge containing a short often small seasonal waterfall.

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This 40-foot waterfall is located within Wildwood Park in Thousand Oaks and is reachable via several trails, including a 2.55-mile loop.
Paradise Falls Hike - Los Angeles Waterfall

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This 1.3-mile round trip hike ventures into a rustic canyon to a double waterfall.
Rubio Canyon Hike - Los Angeles Waterfall

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This 1.4-mile hike visits a multi-tier waterfall along the trail to Mount Baldy.
San Sntonio Falls Hike - Los Angeles Waterfall
La Jolla Canyon Falls Hike - Los Angeles Waterfall

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This 1.5-mile hike visits a short seasonal waterfall in Point Mugu State Park on the west end of the Santa Monica Mountains.
Solstice Canyon Falls Hike - Los Angeles Waterfall

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This easy and level 2.6-mile out and back hike visits the ruins of a burned down ranch and a small waterfall.
Los Pinotes Waterfall Hike - Los Angeles Waterfall

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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.

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This 2.6-mile loop passes a short season cascade that park maps describe as a waterfall.
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19 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.

  7. Paul says:

    Can you tell me the name of the park near Monrovia where there is a beautiful and easy to walk trail that leads past cute little cabins and eventually to a waterfall? It is not a long walk but very beautiful. Thanks

  8. AM says:

    Are any of these waterfalls currently flowing, or are they all dried out until spring?

  9. Patrick says:

    Are any of the waterfalls flowing at the end of June trying to plan a little hike and I want to go to a waterfall

  10. David Alvarado says:

    Hi. Great info, thanks for the posts. I am hoping that some of these falls are kid-friendly (4 year old) either walking or on my shoulders. We want to hike as many as we can before school starts in a couple of weeks. Any recommendations where the falls would have water at this time? Thank you in advance.

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