Cooper Canyon Falls Trail

MODERATE 71 reviews
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Cooper Canyon Falls Trail is a 6.2 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Mt Wilson, California that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
6.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1463 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

birding

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forest

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waterfall

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Moderate hike, go straight at fork a mile down trail, don't go left towards cooper canyon campground. Steep route from trail down to waterfall pool, use the rope. This is one of the most enjoyable hikes around the Los Angeles area. The hike moves through pristine wilderness area along a magnificent section of the Pacific Crest Trail. Fragrant pine and cedar forests loom overhead with the soothing sound of trickling water in Cooper Canyon creek just dazzles the senses. After crossing the creek in Cooper Canyon you will see a large waterfall up to the left which is accessible by using a steep trail down to a large pool at the base. Cooper Canyon Falls just roars in the springtime! Continuing on, soon you will see Mt. Williamson emerging in the background and you will arrive at Little Rock Creek, a great place to have lunch before starting the final ascent up the trail. On the way back up you will encounter Rattlesnake Spring, a lightly cascading waterfall that sounds like a soothing indoor fountain and a much needed respite as you grind your way back up to Eagle's Roost parking area.

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1 month ago

We couldn't find the waterfall.

1 month ago

Thoroughly enjoyed this trail. The Canyon is much much cooler than the surrounding areas, probably due to the water. We didn't actually see the falls on our hike (our fault for not paying more attention to where things are), but thoroughly enjoyed the trip. The last mile hiking along highway 2 is rather mundane, but other than that, this is a great hike.

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2 months ago

There are two trails and one dirt road at the trailhead. We made the mistake of heading to the upward bound trailhead and found ourselves on Winston peak! It was a beautiful day and beautiful hike. Hope you enjoy it too.

2 months ago

Great moderate hike. LA was extremely hot and it was nice to be in the high elevation where it was 20 degrees cooler. Very few people on the trail and a lot of shade from beautiful redwoods and pines. There is still water in the river at the bottom of the trail but never saw the waterfall. Maybe next time. Would do it differently next time and probably not do the loop to avoid walking on the highway for a mile at the end.

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2 months ago

Beautiful hike with very few other hikers. Parked at Cloudburst Summit and decided to continue along the flat path instead of continuing on the PCT. There are two steep paths after you past the Burkhart Trail to get to the rope which leads to the bottom of the falls. Seems like the hot summer days has left just a trickle, but still a beautiful and peaceful area to relax. We tried to do the "loop" and continue back on Buckhart Trail to Angeles Crest Highway. Although Buckhart Trail is nice too, the walk back on the highway was seemingly dangerous and not as enjoyable if we had just walked back the PCT.

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2 months ago

Beautiful and relatively easy hike near Mt. Waterman in the San Gabriels. Trail is shaded by the massive pines and cedars throughout the valley. Maybe it was because of the temperature (90+), but we saw almost no one else on the trail. At this time, the falls are just a trickle...but still a serene and pleasant reprieve. Some trout in the pool at the base of the falls too!

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2 months ago

This hike was one of the easiest I been to.. really beautiful waterfall although it's really crowded.. and I couldn't enjoy the waterfall at all but either than that it was a nice experience. On my way back I found 2 other waterfalls and amazing views..

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3 months ago

One of my favorite hikes.. beautiful and pretty cool waterfall.

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