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

The park is open sunrise to sunset.

Loved this trail! Felt like a little kid all over again as we followed the river up and down. The waterfall wasn’t gorging but it was still beautiful and a peaceful rendezvous area. It’s a popular trail so don’t expect to be alone.

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4 days ago

Was an easy hike with nothing steep so would be good for all ages.

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7 days ago

Lots of horse poop

Easy to moderate trail, where good hiking shoes, there is a lot of loose gravel.

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15 days ago

Very dusty. Didn’t make it up to the upper falls. We scrambled up the rocks for a while then gave up. Very loose soil and lots of falling rocks. The lower falls had some water.

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muddy
no shade
over grown
17 days ago

This was a very crowded trail that was underwhelming to say the least. The first long stretch of the hike is just on pavement to get to the dirt trail. The trail is overgrown, and can be classified more appropriately as a walk than a hike. A straight path with nothing to look at but dirt and some unassuming brush. The waterfall was a big letdown as it was more of a trickle. It was small and had hardly any water and was not particularly beautiful or scenic. You could not climb around the waterfall either. I enjoyed this hike because I was with my best friends but I would not recommend this trail to anyone looking for a good hike or a beautiful view.

Great trail, lots of traffic but not so crowded that it ruined the experience. I went in the late morning and thought it was fine. Watch out for falling rocks near the lower falls, the footraffic from people hiking up to the upper falls caused some falling rocks.

This hike was moderate to easy. Brought my small pug and she was fine. Lots of creeks and a awesome waterfall. Beautiful as well!

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20 days ago

We did it early morning which was perfect. The hike was beautiful and pretty easy for our first.

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off trail
23 days ago

We parked on PCH because there was no more parking, wasn’t bad at all. You enjoy the beauty of the homes on your way to the beginning of the trailhead. Seeing the greenery post fires was great. The hike isn’t hard, good for a beginner. The waterfall wasn’t full but I can just imagine how beautiful it was right after the rain we had.

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muddy
25 days ago

Seeing the plant life bounce back after the fires was among the highlights - the resilience of life. The hike itself is pretty easy. The hardest part is the walk to the trailhead. Once you get there, it’s pretty much a flat walk with quite a bit of tree cover to keep you shaded. It takes about 30-40 minutes one way to get to the falls. You need to cross four streams on your way, but the water is shallow and trial pioneers left rocks and logs laying across the streams to pass easily.

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26 days ago

Hit the trail early, super nice hike with a pretty waterfall at the end. The trail to the upper falls is washed out leaving you with a crazy rock scramble with a ton of loose gravel. Too sketchy for the crew we were with so we had to turn around. Hit the trail early because it gets crowded fast!

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bugs
1 month ago

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1 month ago

This trail was great! I parked on the PCH to avoid the parking fee. It’s a little strange to walk through a neighborhood for 15-20 mins but worth it. There’s a stream running through and I quickly turned my headphones off to enjoy the sounds of the water. Gonna spend the afternoon at the tide pools now. Great day off!

Hiked in mid-July 2019. Upper falls were secluded and beautiful. Lower falls were underwhelming. The path itself is a nice stroll, not much incline. Lots of fire damage and new growth because of it. To get to the upper falls is a bit of a struggle, scrambling up lose rocks. Expect to get very dirty. You’ll be down on all fours on parts. Once you reach the falls, you can climb up the right side to stand behind the waterfall. A little slippery but very cool. There’s no parking at the trailhead so you park in a small lot off of the PCH and walk up the hill through a nice neighborhood to reach the trail. To avoid the $8 parking fee, park along the side of the PCH.

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over grown
1 month ago

Lots of poop and overgrown. Because of the fires the earth isn’t the greatest especially to scale the upper falls. Still worth the trip.

Awesome hike! Parked on the street PCH so we didn’t pay the &8 parking fee. Walk up a road continue when it says private drive and then take the trail to your left. Beautiful scenery easy walk.

Getting to the lower falls was a pretty nice hike, not too difficult. There are a few river crossings, but the water is very shallow and easy to cross. The hill to the upper falls is very sketchy, as other reviews mentioned, definitely not easy and will slide and/or fall easily. The area around the falls is shaded and cool. There is not too much shade getting there, so be prepared with sun block and hat! Parking costs $8 and they have a pay machine on site- parking lot is not huge, but we were able to find a spot immediately at 730am.

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over grown
washed out
1 month ago

This was an easy and great hike, perfect for beginner hikers! You will NOT be guided to the trailhead if you just type "Escondido Falls" into Maps; it will take you into a private neighborhood that lists the correct address to the trailhead: 27807 Pacific Coast Highway. Park on PCH to avoid that $8 parking fee. There are a few hills on the walk from the parking area to the trailhead, but becomes really flat with lots of shade once you pass the trailhead. Like I said, great for beginners and kids/pups! There is *supposedly* a way around the initial fall to find more waterfalls/punch bowls, however those hills/trails are quite washed out and are really dusty/unstable now so I would not recommend unless you have the endurance for a long and unsteady haul. My friend and I went about a quarter of the way on that hill before turning around due to fear of getting trapped at the top; Apple watch still tracked 28 flights of stairs solely from that small detour. Woah!

beautiful hike great for family a little steep for little ones but do able and nice view multiple river crossing would not try after it rains water might be to high

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blowdown
bugs
muddy
over grown
rocky
scramble
1 month ago

There was a lot of evidence of the recent Malibu fire but wonderful new growth taking over quickly. The trail was quiet and cool early in the morning at 6:30am. I saw a few snake tracks but no snakes. Plenty of wildflowers still but also plenty of mustard grass and bull thistles taking over the trails. Poison oak here and there but not too bad. The first Falls was pretty underwhelming. After reading the few previous reviews I attempted the scramble over the landslide of gravel scree up the side of the mountain to get to the upper Falls but it was just too sketchy for me while having very limited time. I’m bummed to not see the top but the way was obviously very damaged from the fire and rockslide activity. Didn’t think it was a smart idea to hurry up it alone at 6:30am.

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