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Trail Canyon Falls is a 4.8 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Sunland-Tujunga, California that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 4.8 miles Elevation Gain: 1,053 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

backpacking

camping

hiking

nature trips

bird watching

running

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

over grown

rocky

no shade

Note: The beginning of this trail is on private property. The first half of the hike has shade and some water crossings, and the second half is exposed with limited shade.

hiking
5 hours ago

The beginning of the trail is pretty easy, but as soon as you hit half of the trail, it is all incline. And it was a very hot day, it was only 75° but it felt extremely hot. Make sure to bring a lot of water! Stay hydrated, and wear sunscreen! We didn’t go down the waterfall because it was extremely packed. We arrived around 8am and got back to the car at 11am. And it was packed.

hiking
6 hours ago

Beautiful hike if you get here by 7:30a, the latest. Less trafficked in the morning and more shade in the 1st mile. The sun makes the 2nd mile up to the waterfall feel like death, but it’s so worth it once you climb down to the bottom of the water. There were 20ppl with dogs and music at the waterfall. The come down is so easy. I would recommend even coming 6:30-7a if you like to jog/run the hike down. Way too many large groups with the trail only having 3ft clearance.

hiking
bugs
off trail
over grown
rocky
7 hours ago

This has been one of my favorite hike trials I ever gone too, wouldn’t recommend for kids because it is steep and there’s logs to cross and a rope to climb down or up for the waterfall. Would be hard to take dogs too unless you don’t go to the actual waterfall. Overall was amazing 10/10 we did 5 miles about 2 hours and half! Great hike.

hiking
1 day ago

It he early the better!

bugs
scramble
1 day ago

Go here if you want Covid-19. Apparently the word got out about this blissful place and everyone & their mom literally hiking with rude trail ettiquite. No social distancing/mask to be seen. Folks were just standing on the narrow trails blocking the way. Also, you could tell a lot of first time hikers because the poison ivy that lined the trails was trudged up like people just walked right thru it. The photos are not as nice as it looks. Imagine the waterfall but with 30+ people hanging out at the base with two radios blaring.

1 day ago

First time here and it was beautiful. definitely a good workout but water is so refreshing afterwards. Get there early to avoid the crowds they started flowing in around 930am.

hiking
1 day ago

what a great trail! we started at the trailhead around 7:30am on Friday morning. there were 4 other cars parked along the street. the first half of the hike is almost all uphill. The first third follows along the creek so there are lots of fun crossings. water is low so hikers can cross on rocks and logs without getting wet. there were many people hiking with dogs but all on leashes. the trail down to the falls is unmarked. it's steep and slippery so i questioned whether it was correct. it was. there are climbing ropes to help get down the harder 50'. the fall is beautiful with ferns and moss in the wall sides. there are logs and rocks on the side to sit on and rest. there is only room for a handful of people so it must get overly crowded fast. the water is ice cold and too shallow for swimming or jumping. The first third of trail has wide road or plenty of turnouts for distancing. the upper sunny third is single track. several places with poison oak on both sides of trail. about half the people wore masks. I'd go again, but with an earlier start to not cross so many groups on the way down. avoid going on weekends. A 6:30 or 7am start would be perfect. definitely avoid weekends, it'd be a zoo. no trashcans or bathrooms so plan accordingly. enjoy!

hiking
no shade
scramble
2 days ago

Fun hike, lots of people on the trail today. Go early to avoid the crowds. Waterfall was decently flowing. Bring lots of water!

hiking
2 days ago

Amazing fall, must visit on top and bottom of the falls. Too crowded.

hiking
2 days ago

Holiday weekend and it’s very busy. We had a great time. Recommend arriving very early. Perhaps sunrise.

hiking
3 days ago

Ah the quarantine life! The parking lot is not open, but don’t fret! Just park off the main road and walk up! (About 10min walk to trail head) We started at 9am, first time on the trail. “Wow, you could totally do this hike with regular shoes!” My friend states about 2 seconds before the first river crossing... you CAN survive in tennis shoes, but if you want to keep your feet dry, I’d recommend waterproof shoes. There are many river crossings (easy) and super fun. I felt like Dora the Explorer. Haha. We saw two hikers catching their breath under the shade of a tree. Once again... my friend spoke a little too early, “it’s so nice that there’s so much shade on this hike!” 10 MINUTES LATER - no shade. About a solid mile+ with no shade. Pure Cali heat! No shade? No problem! Just be careful late in the day since it can get pretty toasty. So, bring your water and sunscreen! (Which you should bring every time you hike, but I won’t get into that) You have two options at the waterfall: top and bottom. I’d recommend going to the top first to see the views. A fellow hiker said “the views are great up there!” Not sure what “up there” meant... you’re not really that high, but I’ll let it slide. ;) Anyway! It is beautiful. There is a short spot to repel down with the assistance of a rope to get to the bottom of the fall. Kids can do it. Dogs can do it. Although, it would have been reaaaally nice if this woman didn’t bring her dog that barked for 30 minutes while we were down there. Deep breaths! I got in the water. It’s not that cold, but also not deep, so you can’t really swim. But, just say YES!! Feel Mother Nature’s shower. You only live once. It’s a nice refresher. Healthier than coffee. If you’re practicing caution with social distancing, make sure you bring a mask. Not much room to maneuver around people on the trail as it’s pretty narrow. Minus the ropes to get the the fall, this trail is pretty EASY and crazy fun!!! Highlights: - easy river crossings - accessible and beautiful waterfall - respelling to waterfall Downsides: - Stretch of no shade - busy in the afternoon - not as much of a workout as hoped Bring: - lots of water - hiking/waterproof shoes - something to get wet in if you don’t want wet clothes - mask for that COVID 19 baby! Have fun!

hiking
3 days ago

Love this trail but in the past few years it’s too crowded and people don’t respect leave no trace. But that aside, beautiful waterfall. I would say the trail is on the easy side of moderate. Aside from the water crossings in high rain years, super easy trail with very little gain.

hiking
4 days ago

Went on a Thursday morning arrived at 7:15. Able to find parking on the road but very limited! Not too difficult of a hike but did have to make several shallow water crossings. . Hiked to the top of the falls first and then backtracked and came back down the trail and took a left onto a small trail where there are ropes secured to assist you down the steeper rocky area. Not too technical but if you have a fear of heights take it slow! The lower Falls get pretty crowded so plan your trip wisely! enjoy it’s a beautiful hike with a lot of spring flowers this time of year!

hiking
rocky
4 days ago

moderate climb on the way in and the way out feels like a breeze. nice little waterfall where you can relax at the end of the trail

6 days ago

what a great hike! Got everything I love, elevation beautiful views shade on some areas and ropes to climb! says 5miles but fit bit says 7..overall challenging but doable

7 days ago

great workout, as beautiful as mother nature can get. So many people, so many different languages. Bit crowed for a Sunday. Not many people w masks.. but it's up to us to set a example. respect each other and most importantly >>Mother nature. Have a awesome hike!

recorded Trail Canyon Falls

muddy
no shade
private property
scramble
7 days ago

Many water crossings (we counted 9) a nice buttkicker hike.

hiking
7 days ago

Beautiful!!! Wild flowers, Mountain View’s, beautiful water fall.

hiking
7 days ago

Our family’s favorite trail found on AllTrails. The rope to the waterfall was our favorite. We had 2 dogs (golden retriever and shiba inu) and 2 kids (ages 5 and 10) and we all were able to trek down the rope to the waterfall.

hiking
8 days ago

definitely coming back. this hike is beautiful and yes rocky in some parts, we got here early so there was plenty of parking. you have to park along road everyone does it. Get here early to beat the heat because it could get really hot after 9am and busy with other hikers. the waterfall at the top is worth the almost 2 hr hike, I do have to say that the waterfall at the bottom is fairly small but still beautiful and refreshing. this place is a hidden gem!!!

hiking
bugs
no shade
rocky
8 days ago

Before starting the hike you have to find parking on the side of the mountain. Have a adventure pass because you are in the national park and you don’t want to risk getting a ticket. No bathroom anywhere in the hike, but one trash can around the first 1/3 of the hike. About half the hikers had mask on, but it’s not required. Expect to walk the first 1/3 under the sun, 2/3 in the shade with water crossing, and the last 1/3 under the sun while you are climbing the mountain. We started our hike at around 8am on Saturday. We took two 10lb dogs with us on our hike and they enjoyed it. We hung around for about 30-40 minutes and returned to the car around 11am. Nice hike to go again, but would go much earlier so your not experiencing large crowds.

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