Big Falls Trail

EASY 122 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.

0.8 miles
187 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly



nature trips





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.

5 days ago

Was up here early this morning. Started around 5:30am - 3:45pm I only saw a small group of people hiking up the riverbed. They were lost. I was the only person back there today, it was nice and quiet. Saw a deer by the waterfall near the horseshoe. I love hiking back here. Lots of secluded areas to venture off into. Other waterfalls people don’t know are back here.

12 days ago

Was up here early this morning. Little patches of snow left. But really enjoy the outdoors. You can hike up the riverbed. It forks off to other areas deep in the woods. You can hike to the Horseshoe. I wouldn’t recommend it for beginners though. If your a female hiker go with someone, it gets pretty deep back in the forest. Not many people hike that far back.
I sometimes take people on outings:

13 days ago

If you love nature, this place is close to the city but feels like you are further into nature

17 days ago

I actually loved this trail, it’s very short but beautiful ❤️

27 days ago

Beautiful, easy, fast

1 month ago

Great parking, no fee parking area. Easy walk to the falls, kid and dog friendly. Beautiful scenery all the way, we went a week after the mountains got snow, falls were amazing.

1 month ago

Been walking this little trail for years. Nice but lots of tourist. I normally hike up the creek basin up to the Horse Shoe. Bear, Rattle Snakes during summer time. Lots of little hidden gems throughout the area. I love this area!

2 months ago

Great waterfall but city folk trash the place and do not pick up after themselves. Got stuck on this hike when I was 10 years old, before all the safety signs and handrail.

2 months ago

really pretty here, my friend got proposed at the very top near the waterfall! Full of great memories and an amazing view, I recommend climbing all the way to the top if you could by climbing over all the big boulders. Its a challenge but its worth iy

2 months ago

Short hike, but beautiful and fun.

3 months ago

Beautiful and big falls. Easy hike although a bit rocky at times. If it's spring time, I bet you'll need water shoes to cross the big creek.

3 months ago

More of a walk than a hike, but a really pretty waterfall. We had a great little picnic and the kids had fun playing in the water.

3 months ago

It was beautiful!!

4 months ago

Very short but very nice hike. Lots of people so get there early. Some rocks are loose so be careful when climbing. The waterfalls are all nice to see and the if you make it to the end the last waterfall is the best.

6 months ago

Nice trail, extremely short. Beautiful areas to let your dogs play in the water.

6 months ago

Trail is short and rocky. Lots of shade once at the Big Fall area.

Seems to have 2 parking lots, 1 requires a day pass. Smaller dirt lot seems to be free.

6 months ago

love it! great trails beautiful and clean.

8 months ago

Simple and clean

8 months ago

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

9 months 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.

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