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Cottonwood Creek Trail [CLOSED] 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.

Length 1.6 mi Elevation gain 374 ft Route type Out & Back
Dog friendly Hiking Nature trips Walking Bird watching Running Forest Views Waterfall Wild flowers Wildlife Over grown Closed
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As of September 2020, trails in this area are closed due to wildfire. See park page for more information.

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Quinn Miller
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HikingOver grownRocky

This trail is way overgrown, you almost need a machete to get through it. The trail kind of just fades out in some areas and it's very rocky. Even finding the start of the trail was a task. At the end you'll find a small stream but there is not much to it this time of year. Thought this would be a fun little hike but it wasn't worth it and I was glad I had my GPS with me.

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Carmen Ramirez-Kinsey
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HikingBugsOff trailOver grownPrivate propertyScramble

Horrible. Got lost due to overgrowth.

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CC Perry
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Hiking

A lovely little hike to a secluded, swimmable spot.

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Karelia Macias
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Hiking

This is the perfect hike to do with your family, specially kids. Keep your energy for the way back after playing in water and take sunscreen, repellent and comfortable shoes.

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Jacob Dayz
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HikingBugsOver grown
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Ariana Leilani
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Kate Luera
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HikingBugs

Worst experience ever. Thousands of biting flys. We were attacked. So gross. And coyote poop all Over the trail

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Caleb Reece
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HikingBugsOver grown
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Kevin .
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HikingBugsNo shadeOver grown
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Aubrey Kaufman
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HikingOver grown

Hiked this trail today, and although I had a lot of fun, and it was a cool secluded trail with pretty waterfalls at the end...wanted to also warn about a few things. Overgrown at various parts of the trail, ticks (my brother pulled 2 different ones off of him), and a decent amount of poison oak. But other than that, overall good trail with nice views at the end.

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Charly Nevarez
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Hiking

Hicimos esta ruta con mi hija de 12 años y mis sobrinos de 6 y 9 años perfecto para ellos. En algunas partes el camino tiene mucha maleza por lo que es conveniente llevar pantalón y manga larga. fuimos después de una semana lluviosa por lo que corría bastante agua. las piedras están un poco resbalosas pero tendrán una caminata agradable.

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Tom Proctor
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Hiking

Good family hike. Took our four kids - ages 6, 8, 10, 12. It's long enough that you feel like you're getting some exercise, but not too long that the kids are whiny by the end. Lots of rocks for the kids to climb on when you get to the water. The water was flowing pretty well today. We went on a cool spring day, about a week after some heavy rains. I could see this being not as fun during the summer when it's hot and dry. If you're heading up the mountain, the trail head is on your right, at the far end of a big turn out. Because of the construction, however, there is not much parking right at the trail head. Room for two (maybe 3) cars. There was more parking across the street.

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Becky Sharbrough
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HikingOver grownScramble

Hiked today with husband and 16 month old in a pack. it was a beautiful cool day and no complaints except the over growth was tough on the baby for a little bit. we lost two pair of sunglasses, hope someone finds them and gets good use of them! Creek was flowing nicely and we enjoyed snacks by the falls before hiking out. highly recommend!

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Christieann Hill
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HikingOver grown

Had a hard time finding trailhead parking with all the construction. Trailhead is just past guard rail on northeast side of highway. Went down trail with another hiker and her dog. Trail is very steep & slippery for 1st part then gradually descended. Trail is very overgrown so would recommend long sleeves and pants to avoid prickly plants. We saw no one else and really enjoyed the beauty & solitude of the falls. Rocks were very slippery so caution is advised if going further up.

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Lourdes Enriquez
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HikingOff trailOver grownRocky

Awesome quick trail. Dog and kid friendly. But at the waterfall it’s very slippery. It’s also overgrown in some parts. There’s a construction site at the parking area. We parked to the left after passing the construction gates by a rock wall. Directly across the st by the beginning of the rail guard is where the trail begins. On the way down the trail to the left you will see the waterfall. That will be your goal. Follow the trail until you get to a point where AllTrails shows a left turn. It’s overgrown but there is a trail. Happy trails @lulu_and_nature

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Daniel Pearson
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HikingBugsOver grown

Perfect for dogs. Kinda overgrown but nothing to bad. Water is flowing slightly from the falls as of 24NOV19.

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Jessica Rousseau
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Went with my 6 y/o daughter a couple days ago. Saw a baby rattlesnake on the path. A little hard to find the entrance of the trail but just follow the suggestions of the other reviews and it will be right past the far right of the guard rail. Was a good hike to bring a kid or dog but there wasn't much water :( lots of pretty wildflowers though! And it was still a really cool hike.

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