Did you know that there are waterfalls right outside of LA near Malibu? Well, sometimes there is, obviously we are constantly in a drought, but even when the water’s not a-flowin’, the falls are still really fun to hike to, and beautiful to see!
Time: 2-3 hours depending on your amusement for waterfalls
Distance: 3.8 miles roundtrip
Bring: Hiking shoes, water, backpack (you need your hands for climbing), sunscreen, snacks
From Los Angeles, it’s about an hour depending on the dreaded LA traffic and your driving capabilities. Head west to the PCH (Highway 1), then head North. Keep going past Pepperdine, but don’t pass Pointe Dume. You should see a sign for Escondido Canyon on the right where there’s a parking lot you can park in, or street parking.
You have to walk up a paved road for about 0.75 miles, which isn’t very scenic unless you’re into real estate. But you’ll soon see the sign for the trail which goes through some forestry before opening up to the hiking trail.
This is the easy part, with only a 150ft incline increase over one mile.
After the easy part of the hike you’ll end up in a cute little tropical clearing where the lower, 50ft waterfall is. There’s a little pool under it, and if you climb up the cliff, a really pretty moss-covered nook you can (very carefully) step inside.
The next part isn’t so easy but it’s a lot of fun. I was not aware that the hike would require me to climb up the mountain using my hands, and at one point, a rope, but it was very interesting and exciting. It’s only a 0.15 mile climb, but you gain 200ft of elevation before you get to the base of the upper waterfall, which is three times as large.
I accidentally went the wrong way and ended up climbing higher, above the waterfall, before realizing I had missed the turn to get to the base of it, but it made for some breathtaking views of the entire mountain range and waterfall below.
This is above the upper waterfall…we accidentally climbed too high…
As I mentioned, the waterfalls might be dry if there hasn’t been any rain, but even dried up it was still beautiful, and definitely worth the climb to see it!
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