Nice little falls here in SD, when the water is running. Started at Boulder Oaks camp and went up to Kitchen Creek. Decent to the Falls themselves is a bit sketchy, but doable. Feb, had a nice stream of water over the rocks. Area is prone to rattlesnakes and other wildlife so just be aware.
This was a very challenging trail for me. I followed David's ribbons and some stacked rocks along the trail when you start going up. The picture that shows a small tree truck with bushes and dried grass that is what I put as a marker to start heading up from the service road. You will have to jump over some tree trunks, whack some bushes and step on some long dry wheats. Make sure you are fully covered with long pants and a long sleeve shirt because you will get a lot of the dry leafs all over you. You will get to a nice view that will over see the lake, BUT that is NOT the peak. Keep going left for another mile. The peak is where you will see this flat huge rock with an amazing view overlooking mountain peaks. Bring lots of water and snacks. Good luck and enjoy.
The cut off for the summit is quite overgrown and difficult to navigate. The route to the top requires some boulder hopping and a little scrambling. 3 summits for the price of one. The track I uploaded has the whole hike. Follow the ducks and the orange ribbon in the trees.
It's a nice hike with most of the trail clear cut. Although it does get narrow with some low lying overgrowth. A small amount of rock hopping to get to where the falls would, but not much water flowing this time if year.
It got very warm in spots where there was no breeze, so remember to bring plenty of water. Went through 2L of water by the time i got back to the parking area.
Will come back in the early Spring to check out the falls.
Mike S. on Kitchen Creek Falls Trail
We parked at the old bus stop. We walked a few feet across the street and started our hike. The noise from the 8 was not an issue. One of the reviews read, " the turn off to the falls was at 2.2 miles in. When we reached 2.2 miles in, sure enough, there was the not so well marked fork in the trail. Take it to the left, and you will hit the creek in about 5 minutes. We walked up stream for about 1/4 mile, took some great pictures and just enjoyed the view. We then headed back downstream for about 1/2 mile until we reached the top tier to the falls. The rocks were very slick and we did not want to risk it trying to climb down to the lower falls. Good day with good company and will definitely go back
I'm 62 years old, have always loved hiking, and thoroughly loved this trail. It's the first hike I've done in several months, and was a perfect one to get back into it. The scenery is beautiful-- it's early November, and we experienced SoCal's version of autumn color in all its glory on the cottonwoods and willows. This is a relatively easy hike, involving some level 1 scrambling to get down to the falls area in the creekbed. Due to the drought we've been experiencing, the creek and falls were bone dry. But the beauty of the polished granite creekbed was proof of water rushing through the area for eons. Several reviews described freeway noise and trouble finding the side-trail descending from the PCT to the falls area. I didn't even notice the freeway noise. The trail to the falls isn't marked, but it's the only side-trail off the PCT in the area, so it's easy to recognize. The trail down to the falls is at exactly the 2.25 mile mark.
I look forward to doing this trail again after we get some rain, whenever that may be!
Moderate 4wd trail in Corral Canyon OHV Park. Interesting and fun to drive. Great scenery and views. You'll want some decent ground clearance. We scraped bottom a few times in a stock Rubicon. Brush is tight.
Sidenote: We stopped at a little diner in Pine Valley just off the 8 on the way out to the trail. It's called Major's Café. Their pancakes are heavenly and I'm not even a fan of pancakes.