Cooper Canyon Falls Trail

MODERATE 55 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

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

views

waterfall

wild flowers

rocky

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.

2 days ago

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

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24 days ago

Busy near the camps and parking, but quiet for much of the trail. Streams still running so made pleasant location for mid-hike picnic. Did the loop counter-clockwise finishing with the walk along hwy 2, which is nice except when being passed by motorcycles. Going this direction made the climb out of the canyon less steep than the single track near the trailhead.

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Moderate hike but a little tough climbing out as it's mostly up hill and high in elevation. Loved that it was clean and not crowded at all, allowing you to really enjoy nature as it's meant to be.

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Peaceful hike amongst some redwoods. Plenty of places for good snap shots. You'll be walking down hill most of the way there so the way back is a little tougher. There's a few easy streams to cross and you're shaded through most of the hike. Waterfall is stupidly located in the opposite direction of the one sign you'll encounter. Signs says water fall to the left... Ignore it. Continue right on burkhart trail and it's literally a few paces away.

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1 month ago

All 3 waterfalls were flowing and the water feels like it was in its 30's. We ran into maybe a handful of people which was great considering how crowded places are getting in the weekend. The views are great and the different water pools make this a great hike.

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Per my Fitbit this hike was about 3.5 miles from the start of the trail. The camp ground was closed so we had to park on the street and walk down to the camp ground which was about 1.3 miles, so total about 6 miles. I was not expecting the extra 2 miles from the car and back. The trail is a little difficult to find if you never been there, but if you walk down to the entrance of the camp ground toward the back you'll start to see signs for the trail. You can also park at the exit which is closer to the trail. There are nice big rocks to eat at and enjoy the waterfall. Definitely, take a snack or lunch!