Big Falls Trail

EASY 87 reviews

Big Falls Trail is a 0.8 mile moderately 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, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from March until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
0.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
226 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

Please be careful hiking beyond the looking point. Rocks are slippery when wet. This waterfall is Not Recommended in January because of snow and ice.

26 days ago

Simple and clean

Beautiful area and falls. Lots of room around creek and falls to eat a snack or lunch.

27 days ago

1 month ago

Very short, but pretty. I went on a weekday so it wasn't very crowded. You "can't" get up close to the waterfall it is closed off because of unstable cliffs and slippery slopes/rocks. Some people attempted to go up towards the waterfall and I noticed they kept slipping(they were all wearing gym shoes, which have no traction) I can see now why so many people injure themselves on this hike. Because the area is so easy to get to it was pretty trashed. Please if you visit try to pick up at least 3 pieces of trash that aren't yours.

1 month ago

Super short and easy trail. We went off on our own for a little bit of a challenge. It was ok but a gate keeps you from getting close to the water fall and the small narrow ledge for the closest photo opp is usually proceeded by a log line of people waiting to get up.

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1 month ago

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2 months ago

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2 months ago

This would be a nice hike if people hadn't trashed it so much. Lots of graffiti on rocks and trees and trash on the trail. Large crowds of people so you don't really get much peace. It is a beautiful waterfall and would be a very nice trail if you could keep it clean. Such a shame...

3 months ago

5 months ago

hiking
6 months ago

Short yet dangerous. One of the most serene walks I've ever been on.

hiking
7 months ago

Beautiful views and easy trail. Very very short though. We went and explored the area around the trail after hiking to the top, it's very easy to find your way around. No fear of getting lost.

hiking
7 months ago

The falls are permanently closed off due to the numerous amount of people who climb up the falls and seriously injure themselves. Emergency services are called almost every weekend to rescue and airlift these folks to the nearest hospital.
I have a relative who lives up there and I have personally hiked up to the falls several times in the past myself so this is a true statement.

hiking
7 months ago

9 months ago

hiking
9 months ago

Really cool and really fun. However, very easy to get hurt. When I was here someone fell and had to be air lifted out by a helicopter and everyone had to leave. This happens VERY often so be careful and watch your step to enjoy a beautiful waterfall and freezing cold water.

10 months ago

10 months ago

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11 months ago

Beautiful area. Very easy hike. Lots of gnats/mosquitos, so take bug spray. As of 7/3 the area around the falls at the end of the trail is closed off. Rock slides maybe? But lots of other areas to explore. Definitely worth the drive.

hiking
11 months ago