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Salmon Creek Trail to Salmon Creek Falls

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Los Padres National Forest

Salmon Creek Trail to Salmon Creek Falls is a 0.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Jolon, California that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 0.3 miles Elevation Gain: 26 feet Route Type: Out & Back

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There is also a trail that goes to a campground further up the mountain. When you reach the split in the trail that is marked with a trail sign and arrow pointing to the right, stay to the left in order to reach the waterfall.

7 days ago

Lots of mosquitoes! Be prepared for some bouldering if you want to get close to the falls. You can hike along the water and climb under the waterfall. If you can hike in shoes that you don’t care getting wet... wear them! Great fun for family. It was a beautiful drive and the falls were amazing

16 days ago

Beautiful and short hike. Definitely recommend it !! You do have to cross a log to see the bigger fall. Easy to cross though. A few big mosquitos in the water be careful.

25 days ago

beautiful view of waterfalls in early June. fairly easy hike. some slippery boulders due to it being natural jade stone. short hike for big waterfalls. get there early morning or late afternoon for parking

This trail is now open following updated orders from the State Forestry Service. The trail is great, but I think the length is inverted in the descrtiption. Trail is closer to 6.5 mi than 5.6. Stopped 2.25 mi in and turned around at the first camp where we enjoyed lunch at a waterfall. First waterfall at the start is also worth a visit. Saw two kingsnakes (not dangerous). Really nice views before you go into the forest of the ocean!

4 months ago


5 months ago

Simple, But definitely worth it if you’re in the area.

While the short side trail and view of the falls was pretty, there were more remnants from people than I expected. Once you leave the falls behind, the trail and vistas were worthwhile. This could’ve been a one time only instance, but about 2 miles up from the trailhead (just before the fork), came across a Hunter with a shotgun sitting along the trail! He didn’t answer our questions, gesturing only that he was hunting for birds.

10 months ago

Short but necessarily easy. Lots of rocks and tight passages. Potentially several ways to reach a full view of the falls.

10 months ago

Absolutely loved this. Took 3 kids aged 6-12 and they all had a great time with this hike. It's short and got straight to the point- the waterfall. The area was incredibly beautiful, and kept pretty free of litter. The weather was perfect, 65° around 4pm-5:30pm. Strongly recommend this hike, there's a longer route that branches off the path as well.

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10 months ago

Beautiful area went there multiple times with family not the easiest thing to get to the bottom of the waterfall but worth it. Bring some swim trunks and you can go for a swim.

Highly recommended! This is our all time favorite water falls. Very easy and short hike to the falls. Water falls are just beautiful. Theses water falls are art. This is a must-see spot in Big Sur!

So beautiful! Easy, quick, and cool jaunt to the falls. Just remember to pack out your trash when ya go! Did come across more left behind human items at this spot than at others I’ve visited in the area.

Mon Apr 15 2019

Quick and easy hike back to a big waterfall (at least in mid-April) along Highway 1. Would definitely recommend taking half an hour to see this one!

Breathtakingly beautiful! I can’t wait to come back. Watch out for some muddy bits on the trail! They’re short, but potent.

Mon Mar 18 2019

I did this trail back in April 2018. You definitely have to climb around rocks and what not but it’s not exactly hard as I went in open sandals and a dress. The waterfall and the cave was beautiful and worth it!!

Mon Dec 31 2018

Short but technical hike. To get to the base, you have to cross a flimsy branch across water. I slipped and fell in and messed up my shoulder and got soaked. So be careful and bring your hiking shoes for traction.

Sat Dec 29 2018

Very short hike to the falls. The trail to the falls starts behind the brown sign, on the right side of the creek. My dog jumped in the water for a dip!

Sat Dec 01 2018

amazing love the waterfall...

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Sun Nov 25 2018

A very easy stroll with a beautiful waterfall at the end.

Sat Oct 20 2018

Beautiful waterfall. We did walk with our two 70lb dogs. And we couldn’t get as close to the falls with them as some people did. But it was beautiful!

Sun Feb 11 2018

Beautiful waterfall! There is also a cave near it. Some large rocks that you have to climb around to get near the base of the fall, but overall an easy walk to get to. Only reason why I’m giving it 4 stars is because it’s too short to be considered a full hiking experience.

Thu Dec 28 2017

Beautiful crevasses

Thu Jul 13 2017

Easy trek to the lower view point of the falls. Easy to find and clearly marked. You can keep climbing to make it more challenging. Rocky and slippery, but very green and pretty.

Sat Aug 13 2016

It was fun just not that kid friendly, be prepared to life kids up the rocks and down the rocks, little ones not recommend if you don't have help, will go back for sure just not with the little ones and probably after a good rain.

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