Cottonwood Creek Trail

MODERATE 8 reviews
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Cottonwood Creek Trail is a 1.6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Pine Valley, CA that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

1.6 miles 405 feet Out & Back

dog friendly



nature trips

trail running





wild flowers


3 months ago

Not good no waterfall vary disappointed

4 months ago

It's a very easy hike. Not worth doing in the summer so I suggest to go after a rain. Always fun to check out tho!

5 months ago

A nice little trail easy to find off the the side of the road. My daughter and I decended down through the shrub and quickly we encountered a rattle snake sitting right on the trail, so we backed out slowly and called it a day.

1 year ago

2 years ago

Nice, rewarding hike. Beware the trail is not maintained ,so do not be surprised if you run into some ticks. Be sure to check yourself (and dogs) afterwards, and bring some tweezers.

4 years ago

Just read that last review...funny! I think I saw you down there today, Wade. I was just about to write a similar note about the trail head.

Getting there. Just after mile marker 15 on Sunrise Hwy, there are two GI-NORMOUS parking areas on either side of the highway. Park in the lot to the East (right, if heading from the 8).
Next, walk to the guard rail at the North end of the lot, and maybe 5 more feet past the lot. There is a more gradual trail here to get down. Alternatively, walk to the telephone pole at the end of the guardrail. There is another trail leading down here. (the one Jerry Schad mentions). (Don't do what the local had Wade do...descend sharply through shrubs. LOL!)

Trail is single track, slightly rocky in the beginning. The trail will meet with a dirt road. Take a sharp left onto that road and follow it around.

4 years ago

Don't miss the trail head... it is at the very north of the parking area by the guard rail on the east side of sunrise highway across from graffiti rock... a local directed us down the hill through the bush and that was no fun!

5 years ago

nice, fun hike for all to enjoy. the waterfall is very beautiful and the rock formations are nice also. It can get a little slippery so be careful out there.