Upper Hot Spring Canyon to Falls Trail

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Upper Hot Spring Canyon to Falls Trail is a 3.2 mile out and back trail located near Trabuco Canyon, 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. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

3.2 miles 454 feet Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

over grown

hiking
1 month ago

We were really looking forward to this hike but the over growth and ticks pretty much ruined the hike.

hiking
5 months ago

Definitely difficult to find the path at the beginning, but once you made it the trail was incredible!

hiking
6 months ago

Fun trail overall. Of course if the waterfall was there it would have been more exciting but that's ok. We had 12 people on the trail this morning ages 4-50 and everyone did great. There's a few places there's loose gravel dirt and rocks and a couple places the trail gets narrow but it's nothing unmanageable. Lots of rocks so wear good shoes. Also several parts that are overgrown so I highly recommend long pants. Nothing too major though, we made it all the way. Took 3 hours total there and back including stops and kiddos going slow at times. There were a few snake sightings from another group and we saw a couple up on the road. The reviews below had great explanations for how to get there since it's not labeled well. Thank you for that!!

6 months ago

Trail wax overgrown a bit and hard to follow at times. Had 3 small Kids with us and they made it but was difficult for them at times. Loved all the trees to duck under.

hiking
6 months ago

Trail is pretty overgrown and tough to follow but overall a pretty nice hike. The pools and waterfall are all low this time of year so it might be better after a recent rain. Not too difficult but should not be taken on by inexperienced hikers or kids.

7 months ago

We tried to look for it but got lost! Help!!! Can anyone give me directions?

hiking
10 months ago

Some thick brush to push through and an occasional need to back track, but so worth it at the end. The recent rains helped fill the stream and the falls. Check for ticks. I didn't find mine until the next morning and by then it was too late.

hiking
10 months ago

Fun trail. Lots of scrambling and ducking under things. Waterfalls are gorgeous too.

1 year ago

hiking
1 year ago

Very cool. Its turning into a tight tunnel, which I like, but with all the poison oak it makes you quite weary. A few trees have fallen over the old trail but its easy to get around. Bring something to cut the brush away, pruning shears work great. I found a tick on me so keep an eye out. It seems like there are 2 ways to start: The one on the map, North of Falcon or the way Nick Wil explains below (from the camp parking lot) Stay close to the bottom of the creek and you'll be fine.

hiking
1 year ago

Great hike. Made it to Upper falls but had no rope to go down to the Lower falls. It's really steep. Not that many people come out here. There was lots of flowing water too.

hiking
1 year ago

we did the first part of this hike last weekend without knowing. was pretty easy and had I known it ended in waterfalls we would have finished it. lol I'll definately bike the full thing next time. it was looking life a pretty neat hike.

also wood bring more water.

1 year ago

we did the first part of this hike last weekend without knowing. was pretty easy and had I known it ended in waterfalls we would have finished it. lol I'll definately bike the full thing next time. it was looking life a pretty neat hike.

hiking
2 years ago

First time there and YEAH trailheads hard to find. Park at the falcon group entrance gates and see the falcon trail sign to the left of gates? Follow down and pass mini wood bridge and 50 ft after youll come to Y in the trail, go right where stone arrow on ground is pointing. Pretty much follow streambed all way to the 1st big fall, youll know when you have to do some cliffhanger side mtn walking cautious stuff youre there. Trail is never more than five feet away from streambed so dont worry about getting lost.

2 years ago

hiking
2 years ago

I did this hike in early January and it was fun, but definitely hard to find the trailhead just going off of google maps. The trailhead is off of the back of the campgrounds . After heading down to the creek bed from the campgrounds, going left on the trail takes you to the waterfall. Throughout our journey, there were quite a few places where the trail veered off and sometimes we went the wrong way for a couple feet before we realized we weren't on the right trail. The trail was overgrown in a lot of places and if I go again I will definitely wear long pants, but I didn't see any poison ivy or oak. The waterfall was dry, but I can't wait to go back in the spring! Including the 45 minutes it took for us the find the trailhead, the whole trip took 2 1/2 hours.

hiking
3 years ago

Can anyone tell me how to get there?

hiking
3 years ago

This is a nice, very lightly traveled, down and back trail. The trail is less than three miles (if you turn around at the falls). We had a hard time finding the trailhead, but eventually found an entrance heading south down the hill of the Falcon group campsite road (no markings). It was located before the picnic table ring of the second group.

The trail was narrow and overgrown in some places. There were also a few spots with some small drop offs (10ft), so I would be very careful with any young hikers.

There were great canyon views away from the noise of the campgrounds. The falls dry up in late spring unless there has been decent rainfall.

hiking
3 years ago

hiking
4 years ago

Gave it a try on Sunday. But weren't really prepared. The trail was pretty overgrown and we were not dressed for it. So we never made it. Going to give it another go soon. But rangers reported poison oak on the trail and also hear that the falls were dry. Does anyone now if the falls have water all year around?