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
583 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.

5 days ago

This was my 2nd time doing this hike in hopes that after the heavy rain there would be more of a waterfall but it was the same. Just a trickle. I also learned that there was a bigger waterfall if I continued to climb up. So I proceeded to climb. It was no easy task because there’s no trail. You are climbing up rocks and holding on to tree limbs. Every so often there were ropes to hold on to which was helpful especially when coming down. Unfortunately, the promise of a bigger waterfall was squashed because there was none. Very disappointing but I will say it was beautiful none the less. I’m glad I did it. The climb down was a bit tricky because it was slippery. The hike itself is very doable and it’s nice. Anyone can do it. Great to take the kids. I would do it again.

6 days ago

awsome

9 days ago

Nice hike, especially after a rain as the creek is flowing though the trail is a little slippery. First 7/10 of a mile is through a neighborhood and some nice ocean views.

1 month ago

This hike is ok. Waterfall is almost non-existent. If you like graffiti and douchebags getting drunk, this place is for you. It is easy for kids though.

hiking
1 month ago

Great, light hike for beginners. Had a great time out there.

hiking
1 month ago

Make sure you climb up to the 2nd waterfall! Take the path just to the right of the lower falls. It's treacherous, but totally worth it!

1 month ago

Not one of the better hikes in Malibu. There’s rarely any water coming over the waterfall. Half the hike is on pavement to get from the parking lot to the beginning of the trail. The trails aren’t well marked. Solstice Canyon is much nicer. Or Zuma.

hiking
1 month ago

This hike is really awesome. Unfortunately we went in November so there wasn't actual water in the waterfalls, but it was still a very fun hike and mostly in the shade.

hiking
2 months ago

Very quiet hike. Only saw two other people the entire time we were there. Mostly fully covered by big trees, so would be easy even in full sun, not like most socal hikes that are in direct sun. Waterfall was more like a trickle.

Ran into a fully grown deer at the fall sight, though. AWESOME

hiking
2 months ago

Waterfall is just a trickle this time of year. Go after a rain or in the spring

hiking
2 months ago

Great trail to hike, don’t like the parking! The parking lot is very small, gotta park in the street unless you get there early!

3 months ago

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

hiking
3 months 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.

hiking
3 months 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.

hiking
3 months ago

Beautiful seem hiking

hiking
4 months ago

The hike up the road to the trail entrance is as long as the offload part.
Beautiful waterfall area at the end.

hiking
4 months ago

Easy and beautiful. The scramble to the third waterfall is definitely worth the effort. One of my favorite LA hikes and perfect for beginners.

walking
4 months ago

it was fun to climb up to the upper falls. risky but worth climbing up.

5 months ago

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

hiking
5 months 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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