Fall Creek Trail

MODERATE 4 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
3047 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
4 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
4 months ago

Review to follow.

5 months ago

hiking
7 months ago