Explore the most popular waterfall trails in Cleveland National Forest with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

nature trips
22 hours ago

Great Hike. Not suitable to bring pets or your children coz theres a lot of boulder climbing, steep trails and also we got lost a little bit coz theres no signs anywhere. Advisable to start in the morning when theres plenty of sunlight. It was raining today and it made a great waterfall. Just be careful coming up there coz it gets foggy during this time. Advisable to bring walking sticks too. Going back is harder than we thought it would be. Overall, amazing experience.

on Eagle Rock via the PCT

1 day ago

Did this trail today, a beautiful clear Sunday. What an awesome hike! Arrived around 11am and there were about 20-30 cars already parked along the sides of the road. It definitely wasn't crowded though. We've been wanting to hike on the PCT "someday" and this is a great hike to accomplish that on. Well marked & maintained trail. Beautiful scenery that changes from a tree-canopied creekside path for the first mile and half or so, to rolling grass fields until you arrive at Eagle Rock. On the hike back we saw a couple groups of people on horseback. It seemed to go much quicker on the way back. Roughly 3hrs round trip including about 20min taking pix at Eagle Rock. We stopped at Lake Henshaw (like 10min away on the road back) to eat and it hit the spot! Great service and generous portions. Definitely recommended!

Got their early and was drizzling rain. Gorgeous hike. I really enjoyed it! You will cross a small stream several times but you wont get your feet wet. They say this is a popular trail and I can see why. I recommend hitting it early to beat the crowd.

it was a great hike well worth the trip. some things to be careful of is the drive there turn in to a dirt road and it could flood out during the rainy time. also on the trail it self there are two ways you can go, you can go straight down a loose dirt clif or you can stay left and do a easier trail it's easy to miss.

Definitely not as hard as they make it sound. Moderate at most. Hiked it today in the rain after recovering the last month from surgery and it was fine. A little slippery if you step directly on the rocks. Half of our group swam in the 46 degree water because it was just so beautiful. Recommend bringing change of clothes/towel/etc. there were unfortunately some humans defecating around the waterfall-so watch your step! One member was unlucky to find this out the hard way-gross!!!

Also tons of poison oak-so don’t go off if the trail or let your dog wander.

Definitely worth the drive! Very nice people on the way up and down! I honestly was sliding on my butt for a lot of the way down. Make sure to bring plenty of water! The photos on the website don't do service to what it feels like to be there. Definitely the hardest hike I've done but I did all of it! I went from 12:30-4:30 during March and it was perfect!

Can’t believe this is in San Diego. A must do!!!

Just beautiful! I would definitely call this a moderate hike. My six year old was able to complete it. Well worth the $10 permit.

Beautiful view

Water is flowing decently right now. The weather was great, 50 and overcast with a stiff breeze, a light mist, and heavy clouds around the top of surrounding mountains. I brought two medium size dogs and they loved it also. definable a must do in the area if it's rainy season.

Great hike today out to Eagle Rock. It was cool and drizzly, especially in the open areas. Directions on this app were spot on. Took about 2.5 hours at a leisurely pace. Beautiful changes in scenery and topography. Pretty easy hike.

Just got through today, raining during midday has made rocks very slippery but well worth the challenge, waterfall was a great place for some scenic photos.

Love this trail....is the water flowing? I want to hike here tomorrow. Haven't been s since may/July when there was actually water flowing ..anyone been there the past couple days???

The best after a rain!

Can people please indicate if the falls were flowing when they hike 3 Sisters? Thanks

great hike relatively flat great scenery

Hiked it on Sunday and it was very hard and kind of scary especially at my age of 66 but I made it. The climb back was the toughest

20 days ago

Nice hike and a beautiful waterfall. Wouldn’t want to do this in the summer. All uphill coming back but worth it.

It was fun but to get to the start of the trail it takes four miles of off road driving and an extra quarter mile walk. While on the trail, there is a stream and there are areas where you have to cross the stream while walking on rocks. Since the trail is out and back, there are lots of people walking back and forth so if you are walking through a small, narrow area, you have to watch out.
At the end of the trail, there is a waterfall but it’s probably not as big as you’re expecting. I feel like in order to get to said waterfall, you have to be careful, and really climb on rocks and over the stream. You can have children and dogs on this trail.
At the beginning of the trail, after the extra walking, they have a wagon of water bottles you can have only asking for a small donation.

Plot twist! The workout is in the way back! Getting to the waterfall isn’t too bad, there is a steep area that used to have ropes. Someone who was familiar with the trail mentioned it since they are no longer there. About halfway down there is a second spot that gets tricky, that area thankfully still has two ropes. There is a small parking lot for cars and two porta potties. Would totally recommend this hike.

23 days ago

Great hike on the easy side of moderate. Great scenery along the whole route and the rock is a perfect backdrop for memorable pictures. Great for kids.
Only word of caution above the usual for SOCAL (heat, plenty of water, snakes) is watch climbing on the granite. It's a very effective skin remover

on Ortega Falls

rock climbing
25 days ago

Great for rock climbing.

26 days ago

Nice nature hike. Diverse plant life, particularly enjoyed the scent from fig trees and sound of croaking frogs in the late evening.

Fun and beautiful. But seriously lacks respect! Trash and graffiti everywhere. I will be coordinating a meet up/ clean up on Sunday, February 18. Call or text for more info 619 669 5114. My name is David!

First timer! This was definitely one of the most enjoyable hikes I’ve been on in San Diego. The steep part with the sand was scary on the way down, I ended up just scooting on my butt. There is a bit of rock climbing you will do on the way back up and I recommend going on all fours on the sandy part towards the top. Don’t use the ropes that you see, you don’t need them. The waterfall and creek was beautiful and worth the trip! Wear long pants, hiking shoes and long sleeves so you don’t get scratched up. Also if you have gloves bring those too as you will be using you hands a lot. Bring lots of water and don’t bring your dog!! This is not a hike for dogs.

This was a great hike and was pretty easy overall. I think the key is to go when it is cool out. Had it been summer this would have been a very painful hike. Lots of landscapes and ending at eagle rock is awesome!

Much harder than expected but incredibly rewarding! You will definitely need to be prepared to use your hands on the hike. Especially on the way back. It’s very steep and hard to grasp rocks at times because of the moving sand. Make sure to have plenty of water for the way back to the car. We drank most of ours before heading back up and it was a huge mistake!

It is a relatively "short" hike but strenuous in parts. About a mile in, the trail slopes down significantly and the trail turns to sand in spots. Take your time and ease on down. At the bottom, then follow the creek up to boulder field at the bottom of the falls. There are arrows pointing the "easiest" way but go what works for you. Take in the sights and take your time. All worth the trip. Bring the right shoes and plenty of water. I suggest getting their real early as it is highly traveled and the 12 mile dirt road to the parking lot is about 1.5 car widths at most points.

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