Cottonwood Creek Trail

MODERATE 30 reviews
#37 of 121 trails in

Cottonwood Creek Trail is a 1.6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Pine Valley, California that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

1.6 miles
360 feet
Out & Back

dog friendly



nature trips

trail running





wild flowers


A fairly well maintained path for how narrow it is. Saw some sdg&e employees on our way back up. plenty of exploring around the falls area, we went in early April to find a considerably verdant creek bed and clean stream.

3 months ago

Short hike down to the “falls”... more like stream, but I’ll take it! Very slippery along the water, even on the dry rocks. Check yourself for ticks after. Found tons on us and the dog. Very nice surroundings and shaded.

3 months ago

It was a little confusing to get to at first because the entrance is hidden and unmarked, but I followed the trail map on this app and found it fine. Beautiful and serene views near the creek/waterfall

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Not popular at all. We had the falls to ourselves!

Tuesday, March 07, 2017

A short but nice hike. Great views and beautiful small falls after all the rain.

Sunday, March 05, 2017

We did this hike with the kids (ages 6 & 8) and had a great time. It was just the right length for a relatively easy hike and the waterfall was a beautiful highlight. We will definitely be back.

Sunday, January 01, 2017

This is a great short trail to do during the fall. If you do it after it has been raining you may even see a few waterfalls at the bottom of the valley. It may not be the best hike to do during a dry hot summer though.

Thursday, September 01, 2016

Not good no waterfall vary disappointed

Saturday, August 06, 2016

It's a very easy hike. Not worth doing in the summer so I suggest to go after a rain. Always fun to check out tho!

Saturday, June 25, 2016

A nice little trail easy to find off the the side of the road. My daughter and I decended down through the shrub and quickly we encountered a rattle snake sitting right on the trail, so we backed out slowly and called it a day.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Nice, rewarding hike. Beware the trail is not maintained ,so do not be surprised if you run into some ticks. Be sure to check yourself (and dogs) afterwards, and bring some tweezers.

Monday, April 23, 2012

Just read that last review...funny! I think I saw you down there today, Wade. I was just about to write a similar note about the trail head.

Getting there. Just after mile marker 15 on Sunrise Hwy, there are two GI-NORMOUS parking areas on either side of the highway. Park in the lot to the East (right, if heading from the 8).
Next, walk to the guard rail at the North end of the lot, and maybe 5 more feet past the lot. There is a more gradual trail here to get down. Alternatively, walk to the telephone pole at the end of the guardrail. There is another trail leading down here. (the one Jerry Schad mentions). (Don't do what the local had Wade do...descend sharply through shrubs. LOL!)

Trail is single track, slightly rocky in the beginning. The trail will meet with a dirt road. Take a sharp left onto that road and follow it around.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Don't miss the trail head... it is at the very north of the parking area by the guard rail on the east side of sunrise highway across from graffiti rock... a local directed us down the hill through the bush and that was no fun!

Sunday, December 26, 2010

nice, fun hike for all to enjoy. the waterfall is very beautiful and the rock formations are nice also. It can get a little slippery so be careful out there.

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recorded Cottonwood Creek 2/28 Dan & Ben

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