Placerita Canyon Waterfall Trail

MODERATE 31 reviews

Placerita Canyon Waterfall Trail is a 1.5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Newhall, California that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from April until September.

Distance: 1.5 miles Elevation Gain: 272 feet Route Type: Out & Back

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

bird watching

views

waterfall

wild flowers

bugs

over grown

rocky

washed out

no dogs

Please note this trail was closed long term due to fire damage. Portions of the trail may still be closed or washed out.

hiking
closed
over grown
washed out
2 months ago

hiking
closed
muddy
over grown
private property
rocky
scramble
2 months ago

this trail used to be my favorite. It was very easy and accessible back then but It is currently closed due to damage from fire and mudslides. I recently ignored do not enter signs and made it all the way to the falls. It was extremely difficult and dangerous. Happy I made it out okay. I was the only person out there at the time which made it very tranquil. There are points when trail is non existent and you need to climb or get on hands and knees and slide. Be willing to get dirty, and wet.

hiking
over grown
rocky
scramble
3 months ago

The trail leading along the creek up to the falls is good and overgrown by now. Still manageable but loaded with poison oak as well. The falls are still beautiful. With a spotter I decided to use the rope and climb up and see what was beyond the falls. More falls!! Very reminiscent to the upper Falls at Whitney Cyn Trail. Photos in the photo section

hiking
4 months ago

Wonderful little hike although there are some washed out sections of the trail. Some trees across trail. I hope the county gives this some repairs causes it’s really a cool short trail

hiking
over grown
rocky
4 months ago

Forgot to turn off the recording so there is a bit of our trip home by car in this recording. Had an adventurous hike. Tons of water throughout. It was a challenging hike because the trail was sometimes on a slope or no trail at all, but it was very manageable. We went beyond the sign that says fall risk, don’t go beyond this point and climbed up to the second waterfall. That was tough but so much fun.

hiking
5 months ago

There was one small "trail closed for repairs" sign but nobody seemed to care. We took the smaller short cut trail from the parking area (just south of the main gate) down to the main trail, but be careful there's a line of barbed wire that hangs about an inch off the ground mid way down that trail. I was so happy that we got to the stream so quickly, literally 5 minutes out of the car we were walking along water. A lot of nicely shaded parts. Tons of poison oak! I made it to the first waterfall but stopped there. My son used the rope to scale the rock wall and went up to see a second one. Loved this hike! I cannot believe I have lived 20 minutes from it, for 20 years, and never been before

hiking
blowdown
over grown
5 months ago

This was a beautiful trail with a great pine grove at the top. There where also a few waterfalls along the way. There are two 30 foot ones at the top.

hiking
6 months ago

The trail is washed out in sections and there's poison oak along many sections of the trail. However, the hike is a beauty with plenty of shade throughout.

recorded Waterfall Trail [CLOSED]

hiking
over grown
washed out
6 months ago

Got poison oak!!!

hiking
Sunday, April 22, 2018

Although the trail is closed, there is no one stopping you and there are even hikers on the trail. The trail is washed away at points but if you are okay with wet shoes you can follow the trail till the end. Go shortly after rains so there is flowing water. The trail is beautiful, rocky, shady with overhanging oaks. This trail sparked my interest in hiking

Sunday, April 23, 2017

NOT dog friendly. Took my pupper and they had those pesky little needle things that dig into his skin. Also, all the trails are closed. Don't waste your time.

Thursday, April 06, 2017

Waterfall trail washed out from past storms. Can't get to waterfall anymore

hiking
Sunday, October 02, 2016

Trail is pretty mangled due to the recent fires. There was no waterfall and very little streams anywhere. There is still a lot of burnt trees and debris. Lots of dirt mixed ash on the ground. Still a great hike. Lots of rocks to climb over which was fun

hiking
Monday, March 28, 2016

As advertised, nice, shady, moderate trail. the trail has mostly slight grades except for a few spots where you know you are climbing or descending, beautiful hike this time of year, even though you are close to a main road, this hike makes you forget that you are so close to the city. really the only thing to watch out for are the land mines people let their dogs leave on the trail. for as crowded as it was today the park should of had more maintenance people on duty, only to police up the trash people had left in a few places. the out houses (porta potties) I have to say were amazingly clean and supplied. we only used one of them but we were extremely pleased with it. overall, great day and great hike. being our first time there I did speak to an employee at the wild life center, very polite and helpful, he had a great personality. excellent choice of people to have working on such a crowded day. We will return to hike a different trail next time. very pleased.

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