Fall Creek Trail

MODERATE 6 reviews
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Fall Creek Trail is a 10.1 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Acton, 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.

DISTANCE
10.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2608 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

birding

camping

hiking

nature trips

walking

cave

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

muddy

old growth

over grown

rocky

scramble

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.

hiking
12 days 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.

hiking
8 months ago

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.

hiking
8 months ago

Review to follow.

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