Santa Ynez Canyon Waterfall Trail

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Santa Ynez Canyon Waterfall Trail is a 2.2 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Pacific Palisades, California that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

2.2 miles
278 feet
Out & Back

kid friendly



nature trips

trail running







wild flowers



over grown


no dogs

Santa Ynez Falls Trail is a 2.6 mile out and back trail located near Topanga, California that features a waterfall. It is an easy family-friendly trail and primarily used for hiking & walking and is accessible throughout the year.

2 months ago

The trail was very soft on the footing and very shady causing the temperature drop. Not much water at the top of the waterfall but it’s a nice walk and ending at a water hole with water dripping.

5 months ago

Really disappointing - may have once been a worthwhile hike, but trail hasn't been maintained and is in terrible shape - and now-dry riverbed is filled with what appears to be toilet paper/sewage. There are tons of great hikes in the area - this is not one of them.

8 months ago

there was no waterfall, completely drained out. Needed to climb on rocks to get to it. lots of mold and spider webs on the floor.

8 months ago

a nice easy trail I was able to take my wife on (who doesn't hike). we made it to the waterfall and back aways in the other direction. the waterfall was trickling but still looked nice, poison oak everywhere and what sounded like a rattlesnake or two. wasn't crowded at all and mostly in shade which was nice.

8 months ago

Very narrow trails. Rough terrain and poison oak everywhere. Wouldn't recommend to go with kids.
Made it to the end of trail but not to the waterfall. The trail was very narrow and required climbing so we decided to turn around. I would not say it is an easy trail.

9 months ago

ticks, over grown, we didn't take this trail. so bad for the spring

10 months ago

If you're adventurous climb up the ropes up a few of the waterfalls then do some freehand rock climbing up to the right side of the mountain to the top. It's a real treat. Watch out for poison oak though!

10 months ago

Fun and easy trail! Small water fall at end with a rope to climb over it.

11 months ago

Very pretty, lots of wildlife, and poison oak.

11 months ago

As of March 2016, we have water again! The many stream crossings mean you should wear waterproof shoes or be prepared for wet feet. Some of the areas are also a bit washed out and overgrown, making the hike a bit more adventurous than the leisurely stroll it is when the stream is smaller.

There's some scrambling over rocks which can be perfect for kids if you're ready for it.

Watch out for the poison oak, it's everywhere.

Also, I understand why you want to bring your dog on this trail, but please do not.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

good trail beautiful views

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Started at topenga state park, the hike from there goes down into the canyon. Beautiful views from the top, nice and shady at the bottle with big trees and shade. The "waterfall" was more like a dripping faucet even with all the rain recently. Passed a handful of other hikers, not crowded for a beautiful Sunday. Light rock scrambling to get to the "waterfall".

Saturday, January 07, 2017

Easy, beautiful stroll through the Santa Ynez Canyon. As you get closer to the trickling waterfall, you'll be faced with many rocks, from pebbles to small boulders. Some may find these tricky to maneuver but I found them fun and one of the best parts! The waterfall is small but usually very quiet. It feels like a secluded, hidden gem once you get back there. Definitely a place to go to when you need a break from all the craziness in the world. I love this spot :)

Sunday, September 18, 2016

It's fine. As others have noted, waterfall is dried up. Reminds me on an east coast hike - ticks, bees, frogs, you name it, they are lurking in the bush - we even saw some deer! Quiet trail, you'll pass people but not a ton. This would be a good group hike. I also wouldn't go too late in the day as I imagine it gets dark quickly.

Saturday, July 09, 2016

Lovely walk, waterfall is dry.

Friday, July 01, 2016

We brought Koda.. Didn't get very far.. Waterfall was dried up.. Pretty overgrown.

Monday, June 13, 2016

Didn't get through the trail, as it was overgrown and we were scared of getting ticks on ourselves. Maybe when it's a different season, it would be worth trying again.

Tuesday, April 05, 2016

worst hike ever, ticks and bugs and very very overgrown

Monday, February 29, 2016

I've never done this trail from the trailhead listed on this map. Usually go to Topanga State Park and do it from there. ~2.2 miles out and another ~2.2 miles back so it's a total of 4.4 miles. This is one of my favorite trails. If you go to Topanga State Park, park outside on the street and it's free or pay in the lot.

I've done this hike 10+ times with the most recent as of last week and the waterfall has never been dry.

There are snakes so be careful ... also some frogs!

Thursday, December 31, 2015

Our News year day ritual. Spotted many deer on this trail. Watch for poison oak!! Great views from the top of the valley near the end.

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