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Cooper Canyon Falls Trail [CLOSED]

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Angeles National Forest

Cooper Canyon Falls Trail [CLOSED] is a 6.2 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Mount Wilson, California that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 6.2 mi Elevation gain 1,358 ft Route type Loop
Dogs on leash Camping Hiking Nature trips Walking Bird watching Forest Partially paved Views Waterfall Wild flowers Wildlife Rocky Closed
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Note: As of October 2020, this area will be closed until April 2022 due to the Bobcat Fire. For updates, please visit: https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/angeles/alerts-notices 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.

Angeles National Forest 818-899-1900

From the 210 Fwy drive north up the Angeles Crest Hwy for approximately 37.5 miles past Buckhorn Campground to Eagle's Roost. Leave one car at Eagle's Roost parking area then drive the second car back down 5.4 miles past Buckhorn again to Cloudburst Summit parking area.

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Nav Coo
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WAS CLOSED AND YOU DIDNT SAY!

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Kristin & Wade T.
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Ilene P
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We did get very very lost and it did backtrack us, once you pass the group campsite keep going the waterfall itself is about 3miles roughly past that. There is a rope to go down to the waterfall. Besides that nice trail would do again!

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Chelsea Dreibelbis
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Richie Miguel
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The waterfall was beautiful! Tons of bugs in your face the whole hike though. the hike back up is tough. Total of 7.2 miles.

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Cristhian Mace
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I started at the Burkhart trailhead, jumped onto Cooper's Canyon trail, and continued onto the PCT when I reached the 2 Hwy. I crossed the hwy one more time before turning around. It's a proper moderate hike, with a lovely easy stretch down at the bottom of the canyon as you hike along the creek. The creek was dry in most places but a couple of pools still existed. It's hot in the sun and amazing in the shade, and thankfully there is some provided by mature oaks and pines. I really enjoyed this hike, but it's too hot today. I would love to come back when it's much cooler and hike even further. With the PCT available, this hike can be as long as I want!

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Lauren Castro
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Sean Park
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Matthew Bowes
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For those who couldn't/didn't find the waterfall, it's actually on the eastmost (right) side of the map. You see that beak shape on the upper right hand part of the map? Yeah, so, as you're headed east, you'll find yourself on the southern part of the creek on the trail. Do not loop back west, but rather continue east for another 200 feet. Keep looking at the stream, you'll see the falls. It's accessible at the top fairly easy, and there's a rope to help you down that's just off the trail, but the rope deteriorates and use at your own risk.

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Aaron Hatch
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Lots of gnats. Waterfalls were hardish to find but rewarding. Very refreshing. Might be worth coming earlier in the summer when it hasn’t been so hot for long.

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joel farelli
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Walked back the way I went in.

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Monica Bell
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The only reason I give this trail 3 stars is because I don't know what happened, but our "6 mile loop" turned into 14 miles because after the waterfall (which is wonderful), we thought we were going the right way but ended up going several miles further up the mountain. We did a few out and back attempts on what we thought was the right trail but eventually gave up, as it was getting late in the day and we didn't want to get caught in the dark! We went back the way we came, and in the future, I will just do this as an out and back to the waterfall, and forget the loop. the trail is pretty poorly marked and in the middle of the week, we saw few other hikers. The waterfall is wonderful and there was enough water to fully immerse ourselves, which was freezing but so refreshing, as this is a hot hot trail with minimal shade. I really wish the description was a bit more detailed since there are few markers.Also, no cell service so be sure to download or screenshot any info you need.

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Carly Wade
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Followed the trail exactly as mapped. Somehow missed the waterfall- even checking repeatedly that we continued on the mapped trail. No signage to indicate location of the waterfall on any of the trails. Walking on the highway is pretty scary-tons of motorcycles willing to risk their lives and everyone else’s cause they wanna go fast. No shoulder through most of it. In terms of difficulty it was a little workout. I’m 4.5 mos pregnant and was able to do it with breaks and lots of water. Any intel on where the heck the waterfall actually is would be cool.

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Junior Hernandez
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Very busy

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Dan Davidson
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I have been hiking this trail for several years now. I park my car at cloudburst parking lot just north of Mt Waterman Ski lifts. I hike down the path towards cooper canyon campground. I then continue to copper canyon falls and spend some time enjoying the waterfall. The views are amazing and very peaceful and great place to take an hour drive and get out of the city for little bit. I then head towards Burkhart Camp ground. Once you walk through the campground back to Cloud burst parking lot you will walk along the road about two miles and total round trip hike is around 8 miles and should take you about 3 hours walking non stop or make a day out of it.

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Hien Mao
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Matthew Zaragoza
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Starts off really shaded but then ends up exposed in the sun try to stay away from the highway

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Ana Castro
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HikingBugsGreat!No shade
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Carol Martinez
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7-31-20 Friday Funday hike! Today we visited Cooper Canyon Falls. It is so beautiful and serene!

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Judy Tran
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Arlene Zhuravlev
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Please do the whole loop... I didn’t the first time ... big mistake I love the view near the camp.... but the road back was trash... I suggest walking from the camp and back... skip the road...

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Maria-Katrina Rodriguez
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