Kitchen Creek Falls Trail is a 4.6 mile moderately 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.
dogs on leash
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 so I would suggest you plan on hanging out for a bit before heading back!
This trail was pretty cool. Not too long, not too short. Just about 5 miles round trip. Surprisingly, there was a ton of water in the falls this time of year - I figured with the recent heat wave it would have dried up but I was pleasantly surprised. The last 1/10 of a mile down to the falls is a bit more rugged, but not too bad at all. Bring plenty of water and sunscreen. Spring time had some nice blooms as well. I'll be back after another big rain storm!
Nice hike. Nice landscape. Not a lot of people. Unfortunate highway road noise for the first half of the hike.
Easy going up and not that steep. Gets super steep and difficult once you branch off the PCT onto the down ward, skinny dirt trail into the canyon where the falls are. Absolutely treacherous and will require you to climb boulders. Makes this trail difficult, but only the boulder climbing can be rated as such. WOULD NOT RECOMMEND FOR DOGS! Even if they are mountain goats they will have a hard time. I had to turn around because I felt like my dog would impale herself on a rock. Very treacherous if you try to get to the top of the falls and impassable with your dog if trying to go to the bottom. Will return without her.
Beautiful hike, strong river flow after rain.
great hike after it's been raining! surprised it's not more popular.
nice lil workout