Buckhorn Flat to Cooper Canyon Falls is a 3.4 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Mt Wilson, CA that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible 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.
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).
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.
Awesome! Had trouble finding the falls but just kept fallowing the stream. Had to do a little rope climbing down to the falls but nothing to hard. Overall worth the hike.
It was a good hike. The waterfall isn't marked very well. Thankfully someone marked "waterfall" with an arrow with a sharpie on some signs or we would have missed it. Somebody also left a rope to help you get down to the waterfall!
Easy and fun hike. Would definitely do again. Kid and dog friendly. Hiked May 2015 with a group of 14 people and 4 dogs. Very beautiful!
An easy kid-friendly scenic 3 mile hike to Cooper Canyon Falls in the Angeles National Forest. (Date hiked: July 3, 2009.) Read the full write-up at: http://www.greeneadventures.com/2009/07/20/family-friendly-day-hike-to-cooper-canyon-falls/
Did only part of thi hike so far but will be back to finish. Hiked yesterday, 1/5/13, so there was snow the whole way. Should have brought the snow shoes. Should have brought the snow baskets for my trekking poles. Still, we got in 5.5 plus miles and enjoyed all of it. A real pleasure making fresh tracks in the snow beyond where anyone else had been.
Hiked down to the waterfall from the Cloudburst trailhead, staying overnight in the campground then back out along the same route - the PCT. This is a great hike for a family in that the camp ground has great amenities such as wood fired camp stoves, grills, benches and tables with water source being just adjacent (small stream), there's also a commode. I visited in early May and there were very few hikers with only one other group in the campground. The streams and waterfall had plenty of water flowing and trout were in the stream . Overall, a great weekend camping trip for the family. Watch the hike out though, roughly a 1K foot elevation gain in 2.5 miles.
Hiked from Buckhorn down to the falls in Cooper Canyon, then back up Cooper Canyon via the PCT and back to the car along the road for a loop. On the way down Buckhorn, followed a steep usage trail for a dangerous peek at one of the waterfalls along it. There was another marked on the USGS map, but I didn't find it. Buckhorn was the nicer canyon of the two. I had a lovely time at the accessible waterfall, although it was quite crowded as I arrived around lunch. At the top of the PCT, I found someone had put up a sign about the closure of the Eagle Roost area claiming that this closed part of the PCT, but I have looked at the forest order and it was obviously constructed not to close the PCT.