Three Sisters Waterfalls Trail

HARD 230 reviews

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

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

river

views

waterfall

rocky

scramble

hiking
4 days ago

Amazing trail! Definitely not for beginners, though. There are a couple parts where you're ascending or descending what is almost a flat wall and a few sections where you're on a cliff edge (still walking, not hanging, but it's a narrow path).

Be sure to bring along plenty of water for everyone and wear appropriate shoes. The path separates and all the separate paths wind through the same valley, so just make sure you're headed in the right direction on a path that is safe for you. There are markers, but several different ones (pink arrows, white arrows, pink flags), so just stay aware of which way you need to go (follow the riverbed, which is more difficult on the way back because the river goes left and you need to go right to get out of the valley).

All in all, it was a pleasant hike. Great atmosphere, beautiful views, and a nice breeze. However, we went the day after rainfall, so it was cooler than usual. There are signs mentioning that the temperature can't hit 140 at the peak of the season, so check the weather before you go and plan accordingly and you should have a good time.

hiking
7 days ago

This is a pretty tough trail. The way to the falls is fun with some challenges. The trail is marked with spray painted arrows. The falls were dry when we went but we still enjoyed it. The hike back is hard. Bring a lot of water and go early to beat the heat. Gloves will help for using the ropes to climb. Overall it took us 3.5 hours and we stayed at the falls for a bit to relax.

8 days ago

hiking
18 days ago

We've heard so much about this trail and after hiking Devils Punch Bowl & Potato Chip Rock & some other difficult trails we decided to finally give it a try. This hike was awesome however I 100% recommend hiking shoes (NOT your average every day gym shoes) gloves, water, snacks & a hat. We started at 10:30 it wasn't that hot but hot enough to get fatigue going back up. We went to all the pools but there wasn't any water but going back is really confusing, they tell you to follow the pink ribbon but there was a coupe of diff pink ribbon trails & we ended up getting lost which scared the hell out of us considering it was already 2 in the afternoon. Going down & up the powder dirt made it difficult, the rope really helped so make sure you bring gloves. I do not recommend for people who haven't hiked before, it's def worth it, we are so happy we did it!

hiking
21 days ago

it's definitely not an easy hike. but you will be glad you did it at the end. it's more of a work out, leg day, than the gym. my legs were so days after lol
just bring tons of water and granola bars. or make sandwiches of going on a cute little date and eat them by the waterfall. you'll be filthy dirty by the time you are done. at least we were. but then we fell a lot and we are pretty good in shape lol

hiking
22 days ago

hiking
1 month ago

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.

hiking
1 month ago

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.

hiking
1 month ago

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!

1 month ago

great hike.

1 month ago

1 month ago

Love it

camping
1 month ago

1 month 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!!!

2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

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.

2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

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.

2 months 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!