Big Falls Trail

EASY 116 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
187 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

bugs

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.

1 day 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.

walking
15 days 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!

hiking
1 month 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.

1 month 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

1 month ago

Short hike, but beautiful and fun.

hiking
2 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.

2 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.

2 months ago

It was beautiful!!

hiking
3 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.

5 months ago

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

hiking
5 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.

5 months ago

love it! great trails beautiful and clean.

7 months ago

Simple and clean

7 months ago

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

8 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.

8 months 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.

hiking
9 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...

hiking
Thursday, December 08, 2016

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

hiking
Tuesday, November 08, 2016

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
Thursday, November 03, 2016

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.

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