Fall Creek Trail is a 9.4 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Hidden Springs, California that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. 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.

9.4 miles
2,650 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash




nature trips







wild flowers




over grown



washed out

off trail

Directions from Pasadena, CA: Located off Angeles Forest Highway (County N-3) 4.5 miles south of the Monte Cristo Campground, hike in via Fall Creek Rd. 1.5 miles or Fall Creek Trail 3 miles.

21 days ago

Beautiful hike a bit difficult at points, do recommend downloading the trail.

6 months ago

It’s a fine hike down to the bottom of the ravine and back. but getting up the next hill seems impossible because the brush has all but reclaimed the trail after a short distance. best of luck!

11 months ago

The parking lot is more of a large dirt turn out area that has a white swing gate that is riddled with bullet holes. It's just before the dam so if you see a dam on your right you've gone too far.

This seemed like a really fun hike but like Paige wrote in a previous post the trail is not maintained. At the canyon floor about 2.3 miles into the hike you reach some switch backs where nature has taken part of the trail back. Unless you have a machete you will not be able to go on unless you are willing to push through dead and alive brush.

Leading down to the canyon floor is really nice and is in the shadows of the canyon and will make for a nice little 5 mile out and back hike.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Falls Creek Falls is located in San Fernando Valley off the side of Big Tujunga Canyon Rd. Trail head starts at the parking lot which can accommodate 5-6 cars, but parking doesn't seem to be an issue seeing that I spent 7 hours down there and did not see another person the entire time. There was no signage for parking fees, but I had an adventure pass out anyways just in case.

I would rate this as difficult because once you reach the bed of the canyon the trail will become convoluted and at times will disappear entirely. The trail is heavily overgrown with both live and dead vegetation, bringing something to clear is smart. Sometimes you will have to choose between walking over poison oak or wading through the river, waterproof shoes or not, you will get wet. The bushes here are pretty tick infested as well, full cover clothing is highly recommended. Good folks have left behind stone markers and ribbons to help best guide you to the waterfall, but it can still be easy to overlook these points.

This trail isn't maintained and seeing that this is not a popular hike I'd suggest attempting this in at least a pair. It isn't exactly a family friendly hike and I would advise against bringing a dog; there's so much prickly and/or poisonous plants scattered everywhere and at times it seemed unavoidable. I spotted large mammal tracks freshly made by the river and there are also dangers of rock slides in the canyon and I got unlucky enough to see one.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Review to follow.

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