Kitchen Creek Falls Trail

MODERATE 58 reviews
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Kitchen Creek Falls Trail is a 4.6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Pine Valley, California that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

4.6 miles 931 feet Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

This is a moderate hike along the Pacific Crest Trail out to a series of waterfalls at Kitchen creek. The trailhead is just off the highway and easy to find. The terrain and trail are easy to navigate although there are some steep parts near the water which you can choose to avoid. There is ample space to lounge by the water so I would suggest you plan on hanging out for a bit before heading back!

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9 days ago

great hike after it's been raining! surprised it's not more popular.

11 days ago

nice lil workout

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22 days ago

Looking at the tracks here, and the pics. You guys need to go to the bottom of the falls. The waterfall is a cascade over 120foot. Once you hike down to the creek. You don't cross. Stay against the rocks and hike back up towards the left. You'll come to the edge of the canyon and make your way down(about 300foot elevation loss here) the steep dirt trail. You'll see the creek again. Then you need to hike upstream til you see the falls. It was beautiful when it flows nicely.

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23 days ago

Good hike on the infamous PCT. We explored and adventured the entire sections of the waterfall. The most challenging was very steep hike down to the bottom of the creek pool, then hiking back up, boulder climbing to get the 100+ ft. waterfall. It's a tough, but well worth the view and relaxation. We were the early birds at the start of a cold and windy day. Other hikers started to come as we were trekking back to the boulder creek trailhead.

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1 month ago

Best after a rain. Need to do some trail blazing to actually get to the falls, but nothing crazy.

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3 months ago

Waterfall is nice and the trail could be from moderate to hard. Hardly recommended!!!

3 months ago

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4 months ago

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.

4 months ago

Nice trail but no water. I am definitely going back when I can see some rain in SD.

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4 months ago

Beautiful easy hike. Some slippery rocks though, wear shoes with good grips.

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8 months ago