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Three Sisters Falls Trail [CLOSED] is a 4.1 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Julian, California that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible year-round.

Length 4.1 mi Elevation gain 980 ft Route type Out & Back
Hiking Forest River Views Waterfall Rocky Scramble Closed No shade
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As of September 2020, trails in this area are closed due to wildfire. See park page for more information. Note: this is a challenging hike which involves mountain climbing, rock traversing, particularly if hiking to the third waterfall or traversing the rocky bottom. Please exercise caution. Start early or late in the day as it gets hot, bring lots of water, and use caution as this trail has some loose rocks, involves some ropes, and has some steep sections. Not a great hike for kids or dogs due to these sections. The trail has been greatly improved and rerouted so ropes are no longer needed. The road leading to the trailhead is rocky. Make sure to bring an appropriate vehicle to get the trailhead. Please note that it can get very hot on this trail, use caution.

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Danny Juarez
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HikingRocky

Went on a pretty hot day. Make sure to bring plenty of water. On the way in it is pretty much all downhill but be prepared to fight gravity on the way back. It took me about 1.5 hours for the entire trip including a short break at the falls.

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Melissa Knowles
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Hiking

This trail was so difficult! Pretty much slid down the mountain on my ass and had to rope my way back up. Challenging but proud of myself for doing it!

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Hector Hernandez
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HikingNo shade

My friend drove us out a month ago, and let me tell ya, the road to get there was absolutely brutal. There isn’t any pavement for about 9 miles to the trailhead so you know it wasn’t off to the best of starts. To avoid this, bring a monster truck. The hike to the falls wasn’t too bad except there wasn’t any water because it’s California after all, but the vibes were nice. The hike back however, was pretty moderate until you get to the last two hills. These last two hills really tested my mental integrity. I wanted to stop and take a break, but I didn’t wanna be that guy in front of my friends. So we mobbed through it which nearly costed me a blood vessel. We were congratulated with a 9 mile bumpy road back to civilization, but overall a solid hike.

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janine casale
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HikingGreat!

Went in March 2020 before Covid shut it down and it was pure magic!! So much water

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Mike O.
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HikingGreat!
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Pau Torrescano
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HikingBugsNo shadeRocky

I was there two weeks ago (July 29) totally forgot to write the review. Got there a bit late 9:40am the way to the waterfall was fine it took me about 1 to get there. There was no waterfall the lake was dirty some people where jumping in. The way back was way harder as the sun was at the top it also took me 1 hour to head back to the car. I would definitely recommend this hike when it’s rain season so you can see the waterfalls start early like at 8am so you can be back to your car around 10am. Wouldn’t recommend for kids unless they like to hike and def not dog friendly.

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Alberto Roa
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HikingClosedGreat!

It’s a great trail to hike and fun to jump in the water once yo get there but is closed til the October 31st due to high rescue calls and hatch season(snakes)

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Diana Lopez
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I went today, Thursday 08/06 there are NO trespassing signs posted and the gates are closed until October 31, 2020. All of the hikes around 5 mile radius are closed.

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Flori M
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Hiking

The trail is great however i went yesterday 8/2/20 and it was closed, there is a lot of no parking signs on the street and a ranger was there by the entrance. not sure if it was close due to covid or the heat wave. Also, not sure if they close it on weekends or weekdays as well.

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Betty Cabrera
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Signs say trail closed and parking lot gate is closed.

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Tony V.
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HikingGreat!Off trailRockyScramble
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Julie Ducloux
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Hiking

Awesome place, great hike, lots of animals on the way. You need to bring a lot of water. Only bad thing, people are living way too many trash! Water snake was swimming between plastic bags!!! We should have brought more bags to take it away! So PLEASE take trash with you!!! This place needs respect!!!! Nature need respect!!

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Nicole Anderson
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HikingRocky

Good hike! It’s not as hard as I thought it would be, there’s also some spots with shade but mostly no shade. There was a stream of water at the falls but nothing crazy!

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kia Campbell
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If you are a beginner DO NOT start with this hike. okay, now that that's out the way hahaha this is an amazing hike. I hiked with a couple of my friends and it is dangerous but wonderful especially if you like to push yourself. it's categorized as hard and I could see why but if your experienced I would say it's more dangerous than difficult. The hike down is no problem you have to be extremely careful though! lots of drop offs and you will have to climb over some small boulders here and there nothing major. The hike back up is when it gets a bit intense. The view is amazing! especially the waterfalls! I would NOT recommend bringing children and please, please do NOT bring your dogs. I just hiked this trail about a day or so ago and the heat is very intense so, make sure you start early in the morning and bring A LOT of water and snacks. If you know you overheat easily ( like me) bring some Gatorades with you! or something with electrolytes AND hydrate the day before as well

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David Dakota
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HikingBugsNo shadeRockyScramble

This was definitely a more difficult hike. I brought my son, who is six, but he is in top shape for a six year old. I wouldn’t recommend bringing children unless they get plenty of exercise. Bring plenty of water and power snacks. This trail is hot, not a lot of shade, and hard going down to the falls. Keep in mind, going down to the falls, which means it’s going to be very difficult getting back up. I recommend taking off your shoes and going into the falls pool to saturate yourself in cool water before heading back up. That will keep you cool for a good 45 minutes. You’ll thank me once you realize what it did to keep your body temperature down. I felt bad for the people that I saw struggling heading down, because I knew that they were gonna be in trouble trying to make it back. Do not attempt this trail if you aren’t in shape, or have hiking experience.

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David Joseph
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Hiking

To whoever put up the ropes

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Deborah Cruz
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HikingNo shade

Great trail... once you hit the giant wood pole... GO LEFT FOR HEAVEN’S SAKE! Someone took the sign down that says go left for the waterfalls. We went straight for a half mile and got lost. Thank goodness for All Trails and their map otherwise we might have been in serious trouble getting to the trail. Also... at LEAST 40 ounces of water per person.

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John Bradley
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Hiking

Ripped two twelvers of claws with the boys the night prior, woke up at 6am, and did the damn thing. People that rated this 1 star and complained are soft. Get up early, hit the trail, do a fuckin gainer into the pool, and get back to SD in time for a fat brunch. Bring water....

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Andrew Troxell
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Hiking

Gate was locked. Threw up on the way there. Cool clouds tho.

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Gavin Gorgueiro
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Hiking

It was closed the gates aren’t open sad face :c I didn’t see anybody dead which was a good thing

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Mai-ra Luarca
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HikingRocky

Started early at 5pm. Weather was cool. Only 4 of us on trail. Unfortunately the waterfall was nonexistent. Just a small body of water remained. Fairly easy going down the mountain and definitely a challenge coming back up! Luckily, we avoided the heat finished around 7:15am.

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