Big Falls Trail is a 0.7 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Forest Falls, California that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 0.7 miles Elevation Gain: 252 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

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The road leading to the trailhead may close seasonally. From May 2019 on, there will be no off-route hiking on this route. This means that at the end of the trail, where the waterfall is, you cannot venture past it and explore more. This is the result of many search and rescue situations here. People caught venturing past the railing can be fined. There is a large parking lot at the trailhead with BOTH free and PAID parking. The gravel lot to the left is free. The lined spots require a day pass which you can purchase at the general store a few miles down the road. Overnight camping is no longer allowed, but if you want to hang out for the day and set up a little picnic there are spots and bathrooms.

hiking
fee
15 hours ago

Awesome short trail, not so crowded at 1:00pm left around 4:00 and people started coming in like crazy ... Only downside is people leaving their trash behind. My kids are loving this new outdoor chasing the falls so we will be taking a trash bag on all our hikes and help mother nature showing my kids that we must all do more than what's needed and expected of us... hope to see some people doing the same..

hiking
1 day ago

The Forest Falls were impressive. A lot of people playing in the water, so not a quiet spot. Worth it to see the falls though. Parking can be problematic, especially with the amount of people there today. We did go around 1:00 after we did a different hike earlier.

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bugs
2 days ago

Great trail! Short and sweet with my dog, which are allowed if kept on leash at all times. A lot of trash, possibly from Memorial Day weekend still? Not this beautiful trails fault, I always pack a trash bag or two just for such an occasion! Picked up a bag full from waterfall area and a bag full parking lot. The 11thessential - a trash bag! We are stewards of the trail, each one of us :). Water flowing beautifully!

hiking
2 days ago

Bought an Adventure Pass at the little liquor store shortly before the hike where there is a cone and sign. Bring a trash bag to clean up trash left behind by others. The most disappointing part is the trash everywhere. This is everyone’s planet and we are all responsible to clean up. The hike is short and sweet. Perfect for families and pets.

hiking
4 days ago

Perfect little hike. Water was nice and cold. Sad to see so much trash left behind by idiots.

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rocky
6 days ago

hiking
8 days ago

Very easy but very steep keep on going to the top well worth it

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closed
10 days ago

anyone know if this trail is open again?

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closed
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rocky
27 days ago

This place is closed but there’s still many visitors. It’s a $1000 fine if caught so I guess come at your own risk. It didn’t seem like anyone was enforcing the closure. Parking is near a stream which almost immediately leads to the waterfall. It’s beautiful but it’s not a hike. It’s a short trail. Good for kids and dogs. Very rocky though!

hiking
28 days ago

Falls are really cool. Easy walk, must be able to cross a stream but there are plenty of places to do it without getting too wet. Gets crowded so go early.

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful hike, my it’s pretty dirty by the waterfalls. Beer cans and food plates everywhere. Wish i had a bag with me to clean it up a bit.

hiking
1 month ago

The falls are absolutely beautiful, the entire scenic panorama is stunning! The “hike” is really like a 5-10min walk to a small cascade and some open area where you can play/relax by the creek and when you continue of the trail from here it is a little steep but the climb is very short, another 5 min perhaps to the final viewing spot. Along the miniature ascent you can walk down to the water to view small cascades dip your feet in the water and set up yourself up a relaxation spot. It does need some love as far as trash maintenance, so bring an empty bag if you can and love your momma earth a little extra here! Such a great little escape for little ones and grow-ups alike <3

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snow
1 month ago

Right now it’s pure snow bliss and water falls . Pack for snow hiking gear

hiking
1 month ago

Love this spot

hiking
snow
2 months ago

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rocky
2 months ago

Decent hike and great view of the waterfalls coming down into the valley, it's just a shame the locals treat it so poorly leaving behind trash and graffiti everywhere. carried out someone's left behind diaper and glass bottle shard. The graffiti is mostly painted over on the rocks but you can still tell. It's a shame. Finding the actual trail was a bit of challenge as well from the parking lot. The large sign where you would think the tail begins is not the right spot. Look for the broken through short fence along the gravel parking area and start there. Overall enjoyed the hike. Good for beginners or people trying to get back into hiking. Don't see us going again but it's worth a look if you're in the area.

hiking
2 months ago

Too many fools leaving trash and diapers , I hate coming here because of that but it’s a great waterfall

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fee
icy
rocky
2 months ago

3 months ago

Contrary to what the last review says the trail is .07 and (notice their route LOL, people like this will be on the news as a search and rescue story) it's a beautiful easy walk. Kid and dog friendly. We enjoy coming here often.

hiking
4 months ago

Road is closed. Trail is not .7 miles, went .5 miles and didn’t even reach the trail head yet.

hiking
fee
4 months ago

One of my favorite places to hike - ever! the waterfalls are beautiful and you can choose how far you want to hike. You can choose to end your hike when you reach the first falls or continue up to reach the top of the waterfall and small pool beneath it. Great to bring your doggies here! BEWARE... Parking can be a bit of a mess. There is a large parking lot at the trailhead with BOTH fee free and PAID parking. The gravel lot to the left is free. The lined spots require a day pass which you can purchase at the general store a few miles down the road. Overnight camping is no longer allowed, but if you want to hang out for the day and set up a little camp there are spots and bathrooms.

hiking
4 months ago

Very beautiful, a little bit of snow on the ground which was perfect. What is dumb is that there is absolutely no parking and we got a 100 dollar fine for parking in a what seemed fine place to park. A police was hanging out there just to give people tickets so beware.

This is a great short trail, there are a lot of rock so wear good shoes.

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rocky
6 months ago

We took a chance and drove out from LA to do this hike. By far one of the best I’ve been on. It’s short due to part of the trail being closed but still amazing views. You can park near the start on the gravel for free or pay at a local store and park in the other areas. We got there early around 8am and no one was really there. It was very peaceful and relaxing. We will definitely be back to try the other trails

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