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.

16 hours ago

Great family hike. Kids enjoyed climbing trees, finding tadpoles. It is an easy walk with gentle grades.

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5 days ago

Hard trail for me. A fire access road takes you up towards the trail, which doesn't start for a good 1/2 mile. No waterfall or streams found in the summer time. I bet it's beautiful in the fall and spring season.

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7 days ago

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10 days ago

Great hike to lower falls for kids. Saw a rattlesnake so keep your ears open. The top falls should be accessed by upclimbing the rope just to the right of the lower fall. The path that has a fence clearly trampled from people not obeying directions is not correct. The rope is hanging next to the falls along some roots that look climable. Not for the faint if heart. Follow the All Trails Map. Went up the wrong way further over near the fence and it was sketchy sketchy sketchy. Loose gravel, rocks flying from others. Found the correct path with 4-5 ropes on way down and helped 6 people come down this much safer route. If you went the wrong way up, When you get to upper falls and you are looking at the falls, look to your left. You will see a trail going under a branch. Take it. Go down, and the T go right. You rock scramble, then head up the trail to your left. Keep left up slightly and look down to see ropes. Down climb one at a time and make sure you wait for others to be cleared before you go as rocks could fall and hurt those below. Ropes are the way to go and a fun!

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16 days ago

I Hurd in the summer the waterfalls a slow and low and the winter is when it's big and full

16 days ago

does anyone know if the waterfall is dried up?

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17 days ago

17 days ago

Easy but nice hike. mostly shady.

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22 days ago

Hike starts off from the small parking lot through neighborhood streets before getting to a more traditional trail. The path towards the first fall is easy and shaded. At this time the waterfall is more of a trickle. The path to the second fall is a bit more fun and intense requiring ropes and some large rocks to traverse. The trail to the second fall isn't well paved therefore follow,unfortunately, the graffiti and trash left behind by people. The second fall trail starts off to the right of the fall through a broken metal fence. The gravel is loose and sandy so be be to sure to wear hiking shoes with lots of grip. There are lots of rocks so slipping could mean a nice little battle scar to take home. The second fall also has very little water but was still fun to climb up the moss laden walls and hang out at the top for some almost IG epic photos lol.

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23 days ago

Great hike. Lots of shade. Upper falls was a bit tricky to find and pretty steep. Especially for kids. The hike to lower falls was amazing and would do again. Went with kids (5, 7, and 8 year old) and they loved the water fall even though it was mostly dried up (7/23/17).

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26 days ago

Just Completed today 7/20/17 The waterfall is almost dried up for the season unfortunately. Will have to make it a point to come back after winter!