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Pretty hike. Kids loved it! Went when the water was rushing after the rain.

Super tiring but well worth the views at the top of horse thief peak. To get to the peak from the main divide head south until u reach the firebreak. Ocean views! I started at the end of mountain rd and it took me 3 hrs to complete this hike up and back.

I'd say it's fairly easy hike until you reach the end last 0.8 miles trekking poles will be needed. Beautiful 360 View once you arrive on top.

hiking
8 days ago

hiking
9 days ago

Awesome, long hike. Definitely go swimming naked in the waterfall, definitely run along the trail on the way down, and definitely get chocolate at the shop on the way out.

Good hike, not too challenging, the last mile to the peak is a bit steep, the view is worth it.

Ortega Falls

We used GPS to get right to the dirt parking lot where the Trail head began. There are no signs, but as soon as you park and look over the cliff you can see the Waterfall.

We originally planned on doing Ortega Falls and Tenaja Falls but the road past Ortega Falls was closed. We came from the 15 Fwy. Here are a few things you should know about the Hike....

~Adventure Pass is needed
~We clocked a 1.5 miles. We took the trail going towards the left. I have no idea if the one towards the right is easier.
~Wear long pants. My legs got scraped and bruised. You will be doing a lot of scrambling up and down the cliff. Almost as if you are rock climbing.

I also wear a long sleeve and wore gloves because it was cold and foggy the morning we went. They both helped during the hike. My arms were getting scraped by branches coming down the Canyon. And the gloves helped climbing back up.

Not a long hike and a really hard hike. But I had no idea what to expect. But it's a good little work out.

Hope my review helps.

This was a great trail. Super educational experience for the kids. Another super easy trail and a great kick starter if you have little ones. Wife and I's smallest kids (4, 3 and 1) walked the entire thing no problems. Our older three (11, 8 and 8) enjoyed reading all of the little signs and learning all about it.

backpacking
14 days ago

Super awesome little hike. Great for the whole family. Lots of water at the falls currently, due to the heavy rain fall lately. Not sure how long it will remain high.

hiked in and out with 5 kids...river crossing is a bit difficult for kids and you will most likely have wet feet.

hiking
17 days ago

With as much rain as we've had the trail is very confusing. You have to cross the water a couple times to get back on trail. Very beautiful!

hiking
19 days ago

Such a beautiful trail! Was trying to get to the falls trailhead but accidentally parked at this one and took it all the way to fishermans camp and back. You can make it to the falls from this trail but it is another 4 miles past fishermans camp and I didn't have the sunlight to go that far. It's about 3.5 miles one way to the camp with about 1750 elevation gain total. The river you follow was pretty full right now (Jan 2017) and there were lots of small waterfalls to see along the way. There was plenty of shade but if it's a hot day definitely go in the afternoon when the sun isn't so high and you will get shade almost the entire way. I almost lost the trail at one point because the water was so high and washed out part of the connecting trail across the river. Just look around a bit and you will find it! So worth it even if you don't get to see the falls. It took me about 3 hrs and went just over 7 miles (I stopped a lot to take pics and enjoy the view)

Beautiful hike during Jan and Feb. Just remember that the trailhead is not the same as the trailhead that takes you to fishermans camp. Enjoy the falls and pack out what you pack in.

on Ortega Falls

21 days ago