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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.

Length 3.7 mi Elevation gain 626 ft Route type Out & Back

Dogs on leash

Kid friendly

Hiking

Mountain biking

Nature trips

Walking

Bird watching

Running

Forest

River

Views

Waterfall

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Muddy

Rocky

Fee

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Getting There

Fun trail with the first half through residential area. Opens up after with shaded paths and then to the waterfall. Some ropes are there but it becomes steep afterwards.

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. There is a $8 fee for parking in the lot. The very beginning of this trail may be on private property.

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Reviews (1639)
Photos (856)
Recordings (1394)
Completed (3679)
Justine Sosa
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarMon Jul 13 2020
HikingBugs

Small parking lot, more parking available on the opposite side of the road from where the uphill pave trail starts. Be careful when crossing with kids, there’s no street light and fast oncoming traffic. The hike was great and beautiful. The first waterfall was disappointing but in the middle of summer and this heat wave, it’s expected to be mostly dried up. I would like to do this hike again after a rainy day! Small bettle bugs appear on the ground every where, harmless but I’d be more worried on where you step, there’s horsesh*t on the trail. Good luck !

Miriam Rodriguez
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarMon Jul 13 2020
HikingBugsRocky

This was a great trail to hike. If you park in the parking lot it’s about a half a mile to the actual trail. Getting to the first waterfall is moderately easy but the second waterfall requires a lot of climbing on a steep trail. There’s a lot of loose gravel and dirt so please be careful. Otherwise super fun hike in Malibu.

Carla Gibson
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Hiking

Excellent hike! Shade, great workout, beautiful trees and flowers. Nice to get to a waterfall, even if it’s not so watery right now. A bit crowded on a Sunday morning but everyone was polite.

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Kate Caldwell
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Hiking

This trail was very pretty and easy! If you are a beginner, I highly recommend this trail. Since it is July, the waterfall was much smaller than usual. It was not too crowded (at 2-3PM on a Sunday), but be mindful to bring 1-2 liters of water. I saw many people carry their dogs, so also consider if your dog is fit enough for this trail and/or be considerate of the time you go at. The hike to the second waterfall is not safe due to the loose dirt and steep slope.

Oscar Interiano
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HikingBugsFeePrivate property
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Mika Eddy
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Hiking

Nice shady trail, moderate to easy with some tricky (slippery) areas and large rocks to scale (if you want to get the views). Our 20 lb jack russell loves this trail, but less athletic pups may have some trouble especially with the larger rocks.

Ma-anne Jugao
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HikingOff trail

The first falls is an easy hike. The second falls thou is harder than I expected. To reach the second falls, you need to hike further up, and it is not a safe hike ( IT IS NOT SAFE, I repeat).

Nigel Hordagoda
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Hiking

Nice hike, not crowded around 3-3:30pm

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Annie Chareonsin
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HikingBugsPrivate property

Disappointing waterfall, but a nice easy hike to get some workout

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Daisy Zachary
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarTue Jul 07 2020
HikingGreat!Rocky

up to the first waterfall is very easy to walkthrough, with rolling hills through the residential area. The second waterfall is found by using the path on the right side of the road, not the left with all the rocks. While it is steep, it's a lot of fun to get to. Both waterfalls are more like little streams but they're a beautiful sight. It wasn't crowded around 5pm on a Tuesday and was able to enjoy the second waterfall peacefully.

Danette Sanchez
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarMon Jul 06 2020
Hiking

Great trail, good for families. 1st water fall about 1.5 miles in. Not much water, but it was a fun way to spend a Sunday afternoon. Parking off of pch.

Renee P
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarSat Jul 04 2020
Hiking

Both falls are beautiful- not a lot of water coming down from either of them, but still a nice trail. I would not recommend doing the scramble up to the second fall unless you have excellent hiking boots. It’s super steep and easy to fall due to loose rocks. Most people were wearing masks and respectful with social distancing.

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Glen Johnson II
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HikingOff trailRockyScramble

Really cool easy trail. Highly recommend if you are in for a little climbing to the second falls! Amidst what you may read or hear, it’s worth it! The only real precaution, the climb up to the second fall is very slippery and can get a little sketchy but everywhere it gets really tough there is a rope to help and or someone who is willing to help! So bring good shoes and your camera :) We only recorded the way up which was actually done and can be done in less time but we off trailed a few times and recorded all the way up to the second falls Enjoy

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Bobby I
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HikingWashed out

Eh it was Ok, We did a quick Hike on a sunny hot day and ran the whole way back. The reason I gave it 3 stars was bc it was pretty short, crowded early with a bunch of people who didn’t have masks [Like I get its Hot but nnNO #Bye] & the heat dried up the falls which for some reason smelled like Sewer Expired Ass water! No joke. There was barely a tiny trickle.

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Hunter Dahlin
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Hiking

Little to no water

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Macy Dexter
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarMon Jun 29 2020
HikingNo shadeRocky

Beautiful trail! Wildflowers and an AMAZING waterfall at the end. Bring lots of water and don’t be scared of getting dirty/dusty.

John Casselman
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Hiking

Easy/moderate trail, two water falls, first one is good, second is way better. Although short, Its tough to get up to the second one, steep and loose footing

Pasplox Apples
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarSun Jun 28 2020
HikingOff trailOver grown

This trail is overrated. We went there at 8AM on a Sunday and it was packed—we had to park a few blocks down, and narrowly avoided getting a parking ticket. In order to get to the trailhead itself, you have to walk through a residential area for 15-30 minutes, with little to no scenery besides some very fancy houses and occasional glimpses of the ocean. Once we got on the trail, there were a lot of people, most of them in large groups and not wearing any face masks. The scenery of the trail was alright (Malibu has better hikes to offer), but it was hard to enjoy because of the large crowd. The trail also seemed to be heavily used by horses, as there were piles of excrement strewn throughout the path. As of 6/28/2020, the waterfall was still there, but very small. The waterfall was a highlight, but there were dozens of other people talking and playing music, so if you want to enjoy the waterfall peacefully, make sure to go at a less busier time. The trail does have a few offshoots, but they are all overgrown and littered with trash. We came out of the trail at around 9:30, and saw a ton of people coming in, so it’s definitely a bad idea to go then. Overall, I would not recommend this trail if you are looking for a peaceful excursion into nature, but if you are able to come very early and on a weekday, it might be worth your time. Also, if you are going, make sure to follow the directions listed on AllTrails, as the google maps location will lead you on a 30 minute detour with no access to the trail.

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Nathan Vanengen
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Hiking

Get there early, sunrise. Make your way to the upper falls, its a bit of a scramble. The scramble also separates you from the crowds. Follow me on Instagram @nathan_vanengen for a video of this falls and more amazing trails in the southwest :)

Gabrielle Simmons
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Hiking

THIS WAS NOT EASY!

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Elizabeth Piceno
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HikingRocky

Awesome waterfall once you climb from the first water fall

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