Santa Ynez Canyon Waterfall Trail

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Topanga State Park

Santa Ynez Canyon Waterfall Trail is a 2.2 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Pacific Palisades, California that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, nature trips, and bird watching and is accessible year-round.

Distance: 2.2 miles Elevation Gain: 275 feet Route Type: Out & Back

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

bird watching

running

cave

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

over grown

scramble

no dogs

hiking
over grown
rocky
3 hours ago

Super cool trial became pretty technical in the middle and final part. Lots of fun hiking along the stream, which is easier than alternative hill climbing. Lots of rock “climbing” at the end.

hiking
bugs
muddy
over grown
rocky
1 day ago

Poor trail, a lot of garbage, nothing to see except for the end. There’s way better around...

hiking
2 days ago

Great trail very easy me and my fam enjoyed it lots of shade on the trail

hiking
3 days ago

Definitely need to invest in waterproof hiking boots as you walk through a lot of little water streams. Trail various from narrow to wide making it a bit difficult to allow others to pass through. With this trail within the mountains this offers a lot of shade.

hiking
bugs
over grown
rocky
5 days ago

hiking
bugs
muddy
rocky
scramble
5 days ago

A fun adventurous LA hike! You go over a lot of tiny streams of water and it leads to a small waterfall. Once you get there, there’s a rope and you can keep going... my husband and I went up the first rope and scrambled up some but didn’t feel confident about an actual trail to forge onward so we turned around. When you pass people it’s hard to social distance so be prepared for that. Overall I’d suggest this hike if you haven’t tried it at least once :)

hiking
scramble
5 days ago

Beautiful trail very green with wildflowers and tons of poison oak. A bit of scrambling at the end. Waterfall is anticlimactic but trail is shaded and pretty easy.

hiking
5 days ago

Great trail. Important to note that you have to climb through rocks to reach the waterfall. It’s 2.2 miles to the waterfall - so 4.4 round trip, plus the .6 miles to and from the parking lot. Started around 9am on a Thursday in May so it wasn’t too busy or hot but on the way back around 10:30am/11 definitely encountered more people and once the sun comes out it gets a little warm for the first and last part of the trail that doesn’t have much shade.

hiking
over grown
5 days ago

Great small trail! Very fun to get to the waterfall in my opinion, of course because I love mini river crossings and jumping on rocks to get across . At the end there’s a small rock you have to climb so not recommended for kids . Don’t expect too much on the waterfall it’s pretty small. Still very fun trail :)

hiking
over grown
7 days ago

Overall easy/moderate trail. As we got closer to the waterfall, the trail became a bit harder to navigate. Shaded with lots of flowers. We recommend long pants as there is a good bit of poison oak around, and if you plan to reach the waterfall, they can be difficult to avoid. Please have a mask ready as it is a popular trail, and some sections are fairly narrow.

hiking
bugs
off trail
over grown
washed out
8 days ago

hiking
9 days ago

busy busy busy. Beautiful trail though. Choose times wisely super early or just before sunset. Little Waterfall dont expect much.

hiking
off trail
10 days ago

hiking
bugs
10 days ago

I personally loved this trail. I did it with my 7y and our 18m in a hiking backpack. Pretty difficult if you’re not fit with a baby. Lots of people which was a little frustrating during covid. Lots of masks though but crowded at the waterfall.

hiking
10 days ago

Easy Fun Very Fun

hiking
over grown
rocky
10 days ago

Wouldn’t say at all this is for all type hike. To make it to the waterfall there’s a big rock to climb, so when you have small kids you won’t be able to make it up to the small fall. At the waterfall there’s a rope for a hike further but that’s only for skilled climbers.

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