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
633 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.

hiking
11 days ago

Easy hike through nice houses... Disappointed waterfall but then again it's so cal so was expected

16 days ago

Cool

1 month ago

It was a beautiful hike with lots of trees and nature, but there was not much water. We were able to see a little bit of the falls, but it was obvious that the water was going down. So if you want to see the falls, go sooner than later! Still beautiful, for what it is, even though it smells like sulfur.

hiking
1 month ago

Really pretty hike! Dog friendly and the waterfall is a great spot to sit before heading back.

hiking
1 month ago

Great, easy hike. Dog-friendly and lots of shaded areas.

hiking
1 month ago

Family friendly hike. There was resident's honking at everyone to move, there was plenty of horse poop, and the waterfall was dry like trickles falling, and it smelled horrible. when you get to waterfall becarefull while I was there all the loose rocks had 8 hikers fall.

1 month ago

Loved this hike! My 5 year hiked the whole way. The “weeping wall” or falls is really beautiful. I would definitely do this hike again.

hiking
2 months ago

Not that too tough of a hike. Loved the shade and the destination was beautiful.

2 months ago

Great workout! Very limited parking and it fills up fast!

2 months ago

first time really like it

3 months ago

Easy hike , good for kids and nice waterfall at the end. Can climb the hill next to falls if you are up to it. Be careful of loose rocks.

3 months ago

Always a really fun hike although the waterfall is normally pretty dry

3 months ago

Neat little hike, with the chance for some decent rock climbing if you’re up for it. The falls were a little underwhelming (dry).

3 months ago

Parking limited. Crowded in some spots. Crossing at little creeks along the way. Nice under 5 hike in and out but can get crowded.

3 months ago

Packed with kids due to the easy pace of the hike but a nice payoff at the falls.

3 months ago

Fun quick hike with climbing

3 months ago

Good

4 months ago

Too many people

4 months ago

Had a great time! Made a quick edit of the hike.

5 months ago

This trail is beautiful. Last year the waterfalls were running strong. There are a lot of options on this trail to hike at different levels. We enjoyed it very much

5 months ago

Needed very map directions for second waterfall .

5 months ago

Good trail but seeing where the second waterfall is. Any advice ?

rock climbing
5 months ago

Once we got the the end of the trail, people seemed disappointed all the water was dried up and turned around. A friend and decided to keep going and you can go way back up behind the waterfall. Just be careful there are some nasty spills if you have to question it don’t do it.

walking
5 months ago

Too many people not enough parking. Park on PHC. Seriously, so many people on this hike! You hike through a neighborhood before you get to the trailhead. The people driving in the neighborhood seem to resent the hikers (they drive fast and honk horns). When we get on the trail there is a bunch of horse droppings, like a lot. we got to the first falls but the only water that was there was stagnant and stinky. We climbed up a very sketchy trail that was falling apart with each step. Very loose dirt. BE CAREFUL! The second fall had a little more water but still nothing to write home about. Honestly, I wouldn't recommend this hike to anyone. Head to Angeles National Forest.

5 months ago

Cool hike, interest little waterfall. We had a great time.

6 months 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 months ago

awsome

6 months 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.

6 months 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
7 months ago

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

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