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Little Falls and Big Falls Loop is a 12.9 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Arroyo Grande, California that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is best used from June until November.

Length 12.9 mi Elevation gain 1,968 ft Route type Loop
Hiking Forest River Views Waterfall Wild flowers Bugs Rocky
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This is a strenuous hike, but well worth the effort. If you have an SUV you can shorten the hike by parking at the Big Falls trailhead. There are about 13 river crossings from where this route starts to Big Falls. There is a lot of bear scat, poison oak and bugs so be prepared. Wear water sandals for walking on Upper Lopez Canyon Road then you can switch to boots.

Bring water shoes for river crossings on Upper Lopez Canyon Road.

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Jesus Nava
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this is a great hike. unless you plan on hiking over 9miles I highly recommend going on an all wheel drive. we made it with our 2017 Subaru outback back and it was a blast driving it. I also highly recommend going the day after a good rain. we went after a rainy day the ponds were filled, and the water was flowing. we saw lots of animals such as turtles, salamander, and crawfish. at the end of the hike I did swim a bit the water was fresh and clean. if you go in the summer it will be a swampy.

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Lori Fisher
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Fantastic, but strenuous hike. Hi Mountain Rd at top can be hot, but the rest is mostly covered. We did the loop in clockwise direction this time and like it better that way. The uphill is longer and not as steep. We missed a turn that was a sharp right and had a downed tree across the trail. We had to backtrack. Some of the trail is overgrown. Consider taking some clippers to help keep the trail open. Also, bring bug spray and consider taking poison oak pills.

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The Shape of Trails
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Felix Babun
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