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 is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round.

2.2 miles 583 feet Out & Back

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

cave

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

over grown

scramble

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.

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8 days ago

17 days ago

Very pretty, lots of wildlife, and poison oak.

hiking
20 days 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.

hiking
20 days ago

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20 days ago

1 month ago

good trail beautiful views

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

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".

hiking
2 months ago

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2 months ago

2 months ago

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 :)

5 months ago

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6 months ago

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.

7 months ago

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8 months ago