Big Falls Trail

EASY 58 reviews
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Big Falls Trail is a 0.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Forest Falls, CA that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and walking and is accessible from March until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

0.8 miles 187 feet Out & Back

dogs on leash

hiking

walking

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

Please be careful hiking beyond the looking point. Rocks are slippery when wet also watch for loose dirt and boulders. This waterfall is Not Recommended in January because snow of ice could be slippery when crossing rocks.


1 month ago

hiking

Beautiful area. Very easy hike. Lots of gnats/mosquitos, so take bug spray. As of 7/3 the area around the falls at the end of the trail is closed off. Rock slides maybe? But lots of other areas to explore. Definitely worth the drive.


1 month ago

hiking


1 month ago

Heaven on earth.


2 months ago

hiking

Great easy hike ! Wish the big fall was open but due to accidents it's closed to the public .Hopefully it will be open this fall.


4 months ago

walking

As of writing this, the trail is blocked once you get to the railing. It is moderately hiked and has low to moderate levels of steepness. The creek can be hiked either direction and makes a perfect add-on to an otherwise short hike.


4 months ago

hiking

First time here. And must say I did not have a good experience. Trail to falls is short if you can find the trail as it is poorly marked I ended up hiking about a mile past along the creek bed before realizing. Once on the right path I finally get to the falls and it was closed half way up just passed the railing. What I did get to see was beautiful but not worth the hour drive and misleading trail heads.


4 months ago

this place was beautiful! easy to get to the falls.


5 months ago

Really easy hike up to waterfall.. The waterfall was nice to sit by and eat lunch! Defiantly will be going back!


6 months ago

hiking

I went with my cousins and brother .. They are all younger so that just to show how easy this trail is.. The waterfall is of course gorgeous although the drought seems to have dried the stream a bit. Beautiful and easy love it


6 months ago

hiking

Rocky in certain areas, watch your footing. Family friendly. Have to cross the creek, you might get your feet wet. Short hike to the falls. Overall rated G for the easiness of the hike.


7 months ago

We went in the winter. It was dog friendly, amazing scenery. The hike is some what disappointing, very easy hike. It more like a walk to a waterfall. Ice and snow made the place even more majestical


8 months ago

hiking


9 months ago

hiking


10 months ago

This is one of the best waterfalls I have seen in Southern California. It almost doesn't qualify as a hike to me because it's so short and easy. The official trail ends at a viewing area for the waterfall, but the real fun is to continue on up each level of the stream creating the waterfalls. The main waterfall in the back is beautiful and there is often enough of a pool to partially immerse in (if you enjoy cold water). The only downfall, because it's so easy, is that it can get annoyingly crowded on weekends.


11 months ago

hiking

So much fun !! We loved this hike ! Our dogs loved it too . Playing in the pools near the water falls was their favorite


11 months ago

hiking

So much fun !! Our dogs loves it too ..


11 months ago

hiking

I like to go on weekdays. A lot less people than weekends and you have the falls all to yourself. My dogs love this hike. It's great on a hot summer day to cool off.


11 months ago

hiking


1 year ago

Beautiful in winter! Lots of rocks and ice to contend with. My dog ate it and fell down a segment of the waterfall which was sad, but he was ok.

Really wonderful area. Parking lot was littered with trash.

How someone could dump their garbage in a place like this is beyond me.


1 year ago

geocaching

I've been to this waterfall twice and it is enjoyable. It's a peaceful spot, especially if you get there early. There are plenty of places along the creek to sit and enjoy listening to the water. It is an easy hike, even suitable for children. Do however wear sturdy shoes - preferably proper hiking boots – so that you don't turn an ankle. You will be crossing a dry riverbed (dry as long as it isn't raining or flash flooding anyway lol), which is a rocky environment.

They prefer that you don't go past the observation point, but people do. There is nothing blocking you from doing it. I really recommend caution for a few reasons. The first is stupid people breaking glass bottles. If you are conscientious like I am, bring a trash bag and some heavy gloves and help with cleanup. Also be aware that the higher up you go, the more loose rock there is. There have been slides with resulting injuries and deaths. Do not push the limits of your capabilities and be aware not only of the environment but other hikers around you. Don't put yourself or anyone else at an unnecessary risk.