Three Sisters Waterfalls Trail

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Three Sisters Waterfalls Trail is a 3.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Descanso, CA that features a waterfall and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible from March until October.

3.9 miles 1223 feet Out & Back

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

river

views

waterfall

rocky

scramble


3 days ago

hiking

This hike is no joke! You will dehydrate if you don't take enough water. I advise you to go prepared with at least 2 liter of water for each person. I went at 8 am and it was already 80 degrees. Try to go as early as possible to beat the heat. I also recommend to take hiking shoes and work out gloves since there are ropes you will be using to climb and need good grip shoes so you don't slip and fall. It's a very hard hike which is why you need to go prepared with enough water and food. Take breaks as much as you can and be careful on where you step and of poison oak. The trail can be confusing so try to follow the pink ribbon. The scenery is nice but was disappointed to arrive to no waterfall, it is all dried up. So I guess if you want to se a waterfall you'll have to go during rain season or during spring. It's a good workout but again please take enough water. People had to be rescued by a helicopter due to dehydration so don't let that be you.


4 days ago

hiking

This was the most challenging trail I've been on. To get up to the falls, you will have to climb up and down hills and cliffs with the assistance of ropes others have secured to the trail. Once at the falls, the rocks are very smooth and slippery when wet. It's easy to see why improper footwear can lead to injury or death. Bring at minimum one gallon of water per person if you intend on hiking all the way to the falls. The day I went two separate groups had to take life flights out of the canyon... Which I'm sure made this the most expensive hike they've ever done. This trail is challenging, but not impossible for even a newbie adventurer like myself.


10 days ago

hiking

Great hike but not in the extreme hot weather. Make sure to check the weather forecast and also bring a minimum of a gallon of water per person. More is advised. Will definitely give you a workout!


12 days ago

great hike.


15 days ago


15 days ago

Love it


17 days ago

camping


18 days ago

Great trail for experienced hikers !! I brought 2;1/2 liters of water but almost ran out. Started around 9am finished around 2:30pm and it was so hot. Take breaks it will help. During the summer so bug repellent and sunblock help in the heat as well. Gloves .. Hat... Backpack. ... And good shoes are worth it or you might hurt yourself on the ropes and rocks. On bottom stick to the left to go up the water fall ..... When you come back stay to the right!!!!! The trail can be confusing so REMEMBER THE WAY YOU CAME IN. !!! Not for kids or pets. Loved it and probably will go again but will start earlier in the morning during summer because of the heat. The ropes weren't as bad as I thought but caution is advised especially at the top and when hopping the boulders and crossing the water fall. Better Trail markers would help a lot !!! Overall being prepared made it comfortable. It was a very beautiful and fun adventure!!!


1 month ago


1 month ago

hiking

Excellent hike. But don't underestimate the difficulty, the need for extra water, and the heat. The heat is what really does it. The water at the end is not water you want to get in it's pretty gross and stagnant at this time of the year, so don't expect to cool off in any water. If you want to see water, go earlier in the year. Other than that it's an amazing hike, it's a great workout, and still worth it and fun. Next time we will definitely bring more water.


1 month ago


1 month ago

hiking

Great trail - very varied and interesting. First section is a leisurely descent into the valley which slowly steepens, coming up to a very steep dusty slope with little foot grip which has ropes installed to help people down and several more rappel sections on the way down to the valley. Walk along the bottom of the valley is easy to get lost in as there seem to be many small side trails - when heading back from the falls make sure you shoot straight across the valley rather than getting sidetracked to the left.

Falls are almost dried up this time of year but there is a pool and some gently trickling water on the last fall which you can still have a dip in to cool off.

Not for the faint of heart - we saw two people get airlifted out on our hike and the guy we ran into from the sheriff's office said people need to get rescued every day. The ascent back up is much steeper than it looks, and there is absolutely no shade. Many people on the way back looked like they were about to pass out and were running out of water even though they'd brought gallons.

Would advise starting early and definitely need the advised gallon of water/person on this one.


1 month ago

HARD! Bring tons of water. Go early before it's too hot. I don't recommend this hike for anyone bringing kids or dogs. Just don't. Don't forget about plenty of water for the way back! Be safe!


1 month ago

hiking

Great hike! Recommend some climbing experience for the last half of the hike. Bring lots of water.


1 month ago

hiking

Very sandy and very tiring in the heat but very scenic


1 month ago

I did it!


1 month ago


1 month ago

hiking

This is an awesome trail. Take plenty of water with you. Very populated so get there early and bring gloves.


2 months ago

hiking

The trail is good, not great. I'm glad I did it but probably wont visit again because of all the poison oak throughout the hike. There was some pretty scenery and a fun sheer descent and ascent at the last half of the hike. It was fun and pretty easy for me but would be too technical for less experienced hikers. I would give a better rating if not for the massive amounts of poison oak all through out the trail. Me and my trail buddy both got swiped despite trying to be really careful. I went during the week and the trail was not busy so that was a plus.


2 months ago

hiking

Fun challenging hike that's pretty busy. Lots of exposure, so go early so you don't get hit by the sun too hard.