Placerita Canyon to Waterfall Trail

EASY 34 reviews

Placerita Canyon to Waterfall Trail is a 4.9 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Newhall, CA that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round.

4.9 miles 734 feet Out & Back

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

bugs

scramble

no dogs

This is an easy hike with lots of shade. The trail has heavy use with lots of families. There are several places to rest along the way including a picnic area. The trailhead has restrooms at the nature center. The waterfall is dry unless there has been recent rain.

10 days ago

Trail is closed due to the Sand Fire.

3 months ago

3 months ago

Currently closed due to fire damage

3 months ago

5 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

easy lots of shade no luck with water fall due to drought

5 months ago

love it with my daughter on father's day

5 months ago

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hiking
5 months ago

*Read on to hear about poison oak and bees!*

The trailhead is easy to get to, and there a few different paths you can take from the parking lot. The path we took (recorded below) was an enjoyable walk with plenty of shade and some picnic areas. There's barely any incline and currently no creek whatsoever. We chose to take the specific path to the waterfall marked after about two miles into the hike. That path takes you to a dozen stairs or so. Soon after that, some poison oak is marked, probably to show those who aren't familiar with what it looks like what they should be keeping an eye out for. Not far after that, it wasn't the oak but the bees that became an issue. Before we could get to where the waterfall was, there were hundreds of bees swarming, so we turned back.

The hike was nice, even in the 90+ degree weather, but it wasn't much of a workout and there's no water. I'd say it's good for a walk, listening to some birds, and having lunch with friends or family.

hiking
6 months ago

nice trail, dog friendly. Waterfall trail is really just a wet Rock. I could imagine how beautiful it would be if there were a nice flow of water but right now don't expect any. still a pretty canyon.

walking
6 months ago

I loved it ! A lot of trees and easy walk

hiking
8 months ago

Great trail. At times the trail is unclear because it overlaps with a stream. Waterfall wasn't so big but still a cool sight.

hiking
10 months ago

Great beginners hike. I went three days after rain the path was easy to find and easy to follow. Crowded with families and teenagers A good amount of rock graffiti that takes away from the trickling waterfall. There is a lower waterfall and you can climb up to another waterfall but both are very small and I would say cute... Overall C+

1 year ago

hiking
1 year ago

It was a beautiful fall day today with highs in the 70s. We started from the Nature Center and took the Canyon Trail to the left (east). The trail was well maintained and easy to follow. We came across a white oil spring and the Walker Ranch area with a fireplace. After a little over 2 miles in, we then headed south along Waterfall Trail for about 3/4 mile to the waterfall. It was very shady and the greenery was fantastic. Along the way, we saw 2 very large deer about 30 yards off the trail. The waterfall was more of a water drip at this time of year and with the drought. We'll be back in the Spring to see more water and hopefully a real waterfall. I highly recommend this hike for families and dogs. Easy hike. Beautiful scenery.

trail running
1 year ago

Good trail for trail running

1 year ago

It was nice and relaxing.

hiking
1 year ago

Not bad, easy hike, about 4.75 miles round trip from the nature center up to the waterfall, but no water, great scenery though!