Escondido Falls Trail

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Escondido Falls Trail is a 3.7 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Malibu, California that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
3.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
702 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

muddy

rocky

Take I - 10 freeway west to the PCH. Head towards Malibu and make a right turn onto Winding Way. Park in the lot and follow the trail signs.

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5 days ago

Nice hike. The toughest part was the road leading to the trail. The water fall was dry and pretty much non existent.

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9 days ago

Nice easy hike t the lower falls. Wasn't expecting much water with it being Oct, but there was a bit of a trickle dribbling down the mossy fern covered rocks. If you decide to do the upper falls climb I would suggest bringing some gloves and shoes/boots with good traction. Currently the upper falls are dry, but it's a fun challenge to scramble up. Using the rocks and tree roots as much as possible makes it a lot easier. There are several paths for getting up and down so its easy to not know which way to go. Look for the shoe prints of others and when you get close to the top you can see a small path along the edge of the hillside to the left. Head for that an you will see the upper falls. It's more of a challenge to work your way down without slipping. This is where the gloves wil come in handy. Found the best method is using the rocks and scramble down almost in a crab position.(Cant fall very far if you are already low to the ground).Overall it's a nice hike with a fun challenge if you are up for it. I will definitely come back in the spring when there will hopefully be some water.

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13 days ago

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14 days ago

Great trail. Well maintained and it crisscrosses over a creek bed that might have had water in it at some point but doesn't now. A nice change from some of the exposed ridgeline or fire road trails in the area. Only drawback was the first big portion from parking to the trailhead is walking along a road. A not busy road, but still a road.

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Beautiful seem hiking

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