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Kitchen Creek Falls Trail

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Lake Morena County Park

Kitchen Creek Falls Trail is a 4.6 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Pine Valley, California that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 4.6 miles Elevation Gain: 813 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

running

forest

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

rocky

This is a moderate hike along the Pacific Crest Trail out to a series of waterfalls at Kitchen creek. The trailhead is just off the highway and easy to find. The terrain and trail are easy to navigate although there are some steep parts near the water which you can choose to avoid. There is ample space to lounge by the water.

hiking
16 hours ago

First time doing this hike... Didn’t quite make it to the creek, the last stretch was harder than I expected going downhill. Then I came across a snake and I was so done. (Little did I know it was a water snake-coral) Buy that time my legs were feeling the burn. AND that’s when I realized I’m so out of shape!!! (Thanks Derrick!) and then.... as I’m going back I encounter naked people!!!! Completely naked men!!!! 3! A few more miles... More naked peeps!!! I definitely did not get that memo... I wanna try again but can someone tell me when it’s clothing attire only?? #sawmoresnakesthaniwantedtoo #nowoodywoodpeckers

hiking
no shade
over grown
rocky
scramble
7 days ago

This is an awesome trail! Very hot, as there is little to no shade. The turn off is easy to miss so some amazing hero of a human wrote on the sign, “w.fall”. Pay attention. The creek is well worth the hike.

hiking
no shade
7 days ago

Really nice, easy trail but don’t miss the turn to the falls! We ended up walking past it by a mile and looping back.

hiking
10 days ago

Beautiful day and the water was amazing!

hiking
bugs
no shade
13 days ago

DO NOT BRING small dogs!!! Too hot for their paws. I didn’t even make it out 60 yards before my dogs got overheated and paws were burning so we had to Leave.

hiking
over grown
13 days ago

hiking
13 days ago

Pretty trail! Definitely worth it once you get to the water. No shade though and it’s hot out there!

hiking
bugs
14 days ago

hiking
bugs
no shade
over grown
rocky
14 days ago

hiking
bugs
14 days ago

hiking
bugs
15 days ago

Okay so, instead of going on this trail, I went through the campground and turned right past the camp host and went down towards the stream. I crossed the stream and continued on the trail, the Pacific Crest Trail. During my eight plus mile hike, I went through a stream, many very old, large oak trees, high desert shrubs, manzanitas, a meadow, lots of medicinal native plants and saw a great view of Lake Morena. This trail has everything. There is sun, shade and water. I ran into a few horseback riders, but that was it. This is a very peaceful and beautiful hike.

hiking
flooded
18 days ago

hiking
21 days ago

Beautiful day for a hike. Water still flowing...it’s refreshing. Lots a people so start early. (10am)

hiking
21 days ago

Very nice but very crowded trail. The waterfalls were packed with more than 100 people.

Busy

hiking
21 days ago

This trail is beautiful and dog friendly! At the moment, it’s a bit difficult to find an open dog friendly trail. If you’re looking for one with a view and a bit of water at the end then this a prime choice! We parked and started the trail at 6:30 p.m. which is a bit late if you want to take your time on the trail, but also avoid the darkness. I suggest starting at 5:30 p.m. so that it’s cool out, but you also have enough time to hike and spend time at the little waterfall before heading back. We will definitely be returning soon!

hiking
26 days ago

still flowing when I went yesterday (June 6). took route from the Eastern Trailhead and it's fairly easy. also... PICK UP YOUR FUCKING TRASH PEOPLE. ESPECIALLY YOUR DIAPERS AND DOGSHIT BAGS.

27 days ago

beautiful waterfall. it is steep .but going way down to waterfall is well worth to enjoy big waterfall.

hiking
27 days ago

Good day for a waterfall hike. Trail from This side is not hard. Gradual. Water was flowing good. Lots of people. We went down to the real base n saw the 200 foot fall... was amazing. Bit steep to go down n come up... but worth it .

hiking
rocky
27 days ago

I loved this trail. Today was my first time. I took my German Shepard puppy and she was very scared through the steep incline. I would gladly do it again. I would probably leave my dog at home next time. My 14 year old enjoyed it. Scenery is amazing!

hiking
bugs
no shade
28 days ago

Loved this trail, but lots of flies constantly. Trail thins out at some points and with lots of people seemed a little frustrating. The end of it is so worth it!

hiking
28 days ago

Minimal signage makes staying on the proper trail tricky without using an app. Waterfall area was nice. Good amounts of trees and foliage.

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