Ortega Falls

MODERATE 17 reviews
#14 of 85 trails in

Ortega Falls is a 0.3 mile loop trail located near Lake Elsinore, CA that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and walking and is accessible from December until May.

0.4 miles 49 feet Loop

hiking

walking

waterfall

rocky

hiking
1 month ago

no waterfall in late september, beautiful hike though, nice scene of the ocean through the mountain peaks

3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

Nice little hike, unfortunately no water here in early June so I'd recommend coming after a few heavy rains in Fall or Spring. Cool views though!

hiking
3 months ago

A must see after a heavy rain. if you scramble to the top there are small rock pools to enjoy.

rock climbing
4 months ago

Good work out nice rock climbing no water :-(.

hiking
4 months ago

did this short trail, more of a beaten path than a trail. nice scenery for a short hike. highway noise is a constant. hoping for a waterfall because of the recent rains but it was a very small trickle. trailhead is a turnout with the path being visisible on the side the top of the falls is visible from the same turnout so you can see if there is any water on it.

5 months ago

Very short trail but my kids had fun climbing the rocks, no water at the falls at this time.

hiking
7 months ago

Lots of Big Rocks, so short and much fun hiking to the water and all around the area!
In the shortness of the hike- at some spots, climbing over or finding the right trail to use can be a bit tricky, but it's all in one area and exciting once you get up to the slick rocks.
A week ago there was only a dog bowl size pool at the bottom of the waterfall

9 months ago

1 year ago

I came to look for a waterfall but went bouldering on rocks instead. At this time, it's nOrtega Falls :(

1 year ago

there is no water right now it dried up.

hiking
1 year ago

The falls are in full view from the trail head. Took about 15 minutes to make it down. It was quick and very easy there and back. I thought with all the snow that fell last week, we would see a great water fall but only a trickle. Still great little hike.

hiking
2 years ago

Nice short hike but no water at the falls when I went 4 days ago. Hopefully we get some good rain soon so I can finally see it flowing!

hiking
3 years ago

Fun short hike. Technical rocks strewn about. Be prepared to go up and down over rocks. Good shoes a must. Pack water if you aren't used to climbing over rocks. Trails lead off in various directions. All will take you to the riverbed. No water in summer FYI. Only water in winter. Park at the major turnoff where there is a trash can and a trail marker. Visit the candy store on your way back to Oc for a drink and snack.

hiking
4 years ago

Great hike nice views after rains. Make sure to go the entire way up the falls, we almost turned back before we noticed a trail leading area above the falls.

hiking
4 years ago

Easy hike with a neat waterfall. I love the Ortega Highway.

hiking
4 years ago