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Big Falls Trail [CLOSED] 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.

Length0.7 miElevation gain216 ftRoute typeOut & back
Dogs on leashKid friendlyHikingForestRiverViewsWaterfallWildflowersBugsRockyClosedFee
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Note: This trail is closed due to the El Dorado Fire. The road leading to the trailhead may close seasonally. Please DO NOT park in undesignated spots as you are likely to get towed. Adventure Pass or National Parks Pass is required for entry. Due to many search and rescue situations in the past, hikers may not venture past the waterfall at the end of this route. 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.

Restrooms/Campgrounds/Forrest Patrols.

California Travel and Tourism Commision, P.O. Box 1499 , Sacramento, CA, 95812-1499, Phone: 800-862-2543

Directions from Bear Valley/Woodlands, CA: Travel west on Highway 38 to Valley-of-the-Falls Boulevard. Proceed about 3 miles and park in the parking area adjacent to the Falls Picnic Area.

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Lindsay Lendhurst
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Closed

Still Closed- 10/14

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Tang Backstrom
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HikingGreat!

Still close

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Mikey Hensel
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HikingClosedGreat!

Temporarily closed

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Pedro Castaneda
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Hiking

One of my most favorite water falls that i have been too. Making it to the very top requires a little scrambling and rock climbing, but its doable. So many places to relax and enjoy nature

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Dominic Montano
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HikingGreat!

It’s not closed it’s open. It’s basically a walk to the falls. A lot of bugs bring bug spray!

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Elizabeth Abarca
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WalkingGreat!

It’s not Closed. We went on a Monday and arrived at 12:00. Just two vehicles and a few people there. No fees to park. At first hard to follow where the trail starts and ends. it’s best to ask for directions among the visitors.

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Sylvia Carrillo
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HikingClosed

Trail still closed.

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Jesica Garcia
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HikingGreat!

Can anyone tell me if waterfall trail/picnic area are open ? Thank you !

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Ali Hernandez
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The trail is temporarily closed.

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Brianda Cts
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I went today and the road was closed, where does everyone that go there park at?

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Shelly Vernon
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HikingClosed

Beautiful falls and pools. Trail and area technically closed until May 2021, but we did it anyway and it was beautiful.

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JOY FORTICH
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wondering if this open now?

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Justin C.
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Closed due to Apple Valley fire.

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Shannon Sun
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I cannot believe there are so many amazing falls near Riverside where I have been living for 10 years. Must to go!!!

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Christie Chorbagian
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really beautiful. definetly go early unless getting a day use spot and staying the day.

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Mark English
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HikingGreat!
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Shayna Treat
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FeeGreat!

This was my first hike in California. We found it just driving around the mountains. I was not disappointed! super simple, fun little hike. we just took it slow and enjoyed the scenery. They dont tell you there's waterfalls in Cali so it was a nice surprise to stumble across. Saw lots of kids and seniors and pups enjoying themselves as well.

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Jordan Taft
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HikingFeeRocky

This was a simple hike. it can be pretty rocky in certain areas but my friends were fine hiking in running shoes. there were several good pools for swimming.

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Shelby Meyer
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Super fun trail, we brought our 16 month old daughter so the hike wasn’t too bad! The first little water fall isn’t hard to get too, but the water fall with the little ponds at the end is a little more tricky to get to with a baby but still a lot of fun! Make sure to get your adventure pass before going so you don’t get a ticket, the little general store where you can get the pass is past the post office. Definitely recommend!

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Christine Marie
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My rating is not for the easy/paved trail to the waterfall. I take the river straight up and also make use of the rocks/cliffs for scrambling and climbing to go past the outlook area for the waterfall. I wouldn’t recommend this route for beginners, you’ll need to find ways to scale and get around. The regular path up is very easy and it’s a beautiful hike either way. Definitely bring good shoes with GRIP, the rocks are slippery. Also try to bring a change of clothes and some water shoes. The water is crystal clear, cold, and beautiful!

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Daymar Hernandez
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This place was so beautiful!. First make sure to get your adventure pass for $5 to be able to park at the falls main parking lot. The store is called Elkhorn General Store just about 5 mins from the lot. The hike to first little waterfall is easy, maybe like a 10-15 mins walk. We hiked with our 16 month old and 8 year old. There's a little river stream as you hike which is nice As you keep hiking to the bigger waterfalls it does get a bit harder and rocky but if you are up for it, its super fun. We didnt get to the bigger waterfall because of the baby but heard from others that did go, that is worth it! I recommend this place for a nice fun adventure with family and if you love nature!

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Miriam Eufracio
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Great trail. Awesome falls we hiked all the way up. The only downside we had to park down the hill because gate was closed and they said parking was full. When we hiked up, they were letting a few cars in, we complained and said we had handicap and they said no it's full too. We continued to the parking lot and all the handicap spots were free and still many parking. We wanted to go back to get the van but we said oh well he will probably say no again.

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