Buckhart Trail to Cooper Canyon Falls is a 5.2 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Mt Wilson, California that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
Directions from La Canada, CA: Drive 34 miles up Angeles Crest Highway from Interstate 210. Turn left into Buckhorn Campground and continue to the Burkhart Trail parking lot on the far side.
Did this in the snow, in just hiking boots. Snow was hard, so fairly easy to walk on. Bit tricky on the steeper sections.
Fortunately the last snow was more than a week previously, so others had hiked the trail, and their tracks were easy to follow, otherwise it would have been difficult to know where to go.
I did this back in August of 2016, forgot to write a review. I saved this one for middle of summer knowing it would be one place i could hike and stay cool. Perfect weather, a tad warm but still 20 degrees cooler then the cities, I went another 5 miles and back from where this map shows to Thrall peak. AND that 5 miles was fantastic, hard but worth every step, Lots of Deer, a fox, and many other critters, no humans, and amazing scenery.
I did that trail coming back from Cooper Canyon loop.
Great trail with amazing scenery. Difficult to hike through during the snowy season. Might not be kid friendly if you are trying to reach the waterfall as it's a 2 mile hike that takes about an hour and a half to complete each way. Waterfall is somewhat small but beautiful. I would recommend taking lots of water and snacks and to rest along the way. The waterfall is down a valley that you have to be very careful to climb down to. There's a rope tied to a tree that helps you get down to the base of the waterfall but I would be careful going down with kids and pets. Overall great trail but can be difficult for some people during the snow time. Great place to enjoy the snow.
Beautiful trees and redwoods. Really enjoyed this hike. We went out on Buckhorn and returned to Cloudburst Summit. Lots of tree cover on the trail. Really beautiful, steep at times, but not overly difficult.
The scenery is pristine and beautiful, though I wish there would've been more water at the waterfall. If you're going on a hot day, the walk back up the hill makes this trail feel more like a moderate hike. I'm sure it's a lot easier on a cooler day (it was in the mid-80s when I went).
Very beautiful scenic walk, nice descent which makes for a great uphill hike on the way back.
Nice hike into the canyon but an uphill slog on the way out. Really nice scenery though and some great redwoods.
This is a really nice hike as long as you're on the trail early. If you leave it till late in the day, the trail gets a bit crowded (and it is quite narrow in spots) and the return trip, out of the canyon, becomes a hot uphill slog. The waterfall is beautiful but VERY easy to miss since it is completely unmarked. The descent down the rope isn't difficult (we watched a young woman with a 40 lb. pack go up and down it with no issue).
This place is great and we came across snow on the trail while we were there not expecting to see any because the weather has been hot for weeks. Overall the trail was worth the drive and the waterfall was great. You do have to keep an ear out for the waterfall and the climb down to it is a bit tricky and there is a rope to use because it can get slippery.