Wendy Trail to Waterfalls is a 3.5 mile out and back trail located near Westlake Village, CA that features a waterfall. The trail is good for all skill levels offers a number of activity options. Dogs are also able to use this trail.
The trail begins with a slight downhill to a tree-lined creek bed, which sometimes has a little water. Shortly after emerging from the trees, you will arrive at a junction. Take the trail to the left, yes that's correct, up the steep hill. Not too far after reaching the top, you will come to an old windmill on the left side of the trail. Continuing past the windmill, the trail passes through a pleasant, shaded area, making several switchbacks. In short order, you will come to a trail running along the north rim of Sycamore Canyon. To the left is the Hidden Valley Overlook Trail. Go right, to join with Danielson Road a few hundred yards down the trail. Make a 180 and proceed on Danielson Road down into the canyon. Depending on the amount of rainfall, you may have to negotiate a stream crossing (easy rock-hopping) at the bottom of the canyon. After this crossing, you begin a moderate climb. In less than a quarter mile, you arrive at the first switchback, where you will continue to go straight on the spur trail to the falls. You now have only a few hundred yards to the falls. Be cautious climbing over rocks to get to the base of the falls.
I've been going on this hike ever since I was a little kid, and it never fails to satisfy. It has a beautiful view of the valley and is very scenic. Unlike most trails I've been on this one has a nice breeze throughout the trail so it stays moderately cool. My favorite part is climbing up the side of the waterfall. It's a great place to take pictures and rock climb as well.
I have hiked this trail a few times. I just returned from a hike today. I recommend you bring plenty of water since there is no drinking water along the trail like some others have ( Wildwood Park etc. ). If you go in the summer months there is no water from the falls-only a couple of puddles at its base. Spring would be the best if you want to see a WATERFALL.
If you don`t have enough energy I would suggest as soon as you climb that first steep hill instead of going left towards the old windmill take the right going through the flatter grassy trail ( you will encounter some animal feces so watch your step here ) that meets at the base of Danielson fire rd you would take the left ( dont get confused-another trail to your immediate left leads to the Windmill ) on Danielson FR and the climb is a bit more tolerable this way and there is a bench overlooking the canyon-maybe 50 yards from the split. If you look to your right you will see a Water tank and a paved rd that many mountain bikers use that leads to a Campsite ( about 2.5 miles from the watertank-approx )
Most of Danielson FR going to the Falls is downhill so be ready for some climbing back :)
Make sure you look at the signs along the trails because on some you can not bring a dog.
All in all this is a fairly easy hike just remember if you go in the Spring there is a lot of loose rocks onto the trail from the water runoff so be careful where you step.
P.S. If you want drinking water you need to go to the Satwiwa Native American Indian Culture center-which would be : Instead of climbing that FIRST Steep Hill take a right and go around and side of the hill.
This was a very beautiful hike and there were many people to talk with if you don't know which way to go. It took us 3 1/2 hours to do the hike. According to the instructions, when you join with Danielson Road a few hundred yards down the trail, DO NOT make a 180. Just turn left. The 180 makes it confusing. On the way back we decided to go straight down and take the flats through the meadow since we were getting pretty tired and didn't want to climb back up the original path and it was much quicker. There was a bit of a trickle at the falls but not much. Very pretty but not a place to lay around because all that's there are rocks. You can sit on a rock to rest but then turn around and go back. All in all, it was a nice hike and weather was great.
I really lovedi think this is a great hike in spring when everything is so pretty and green. It's a great hike for those who maybe just started to hike but are in decent shape. If you follow the map it rolp