Trail Canyon Falls

MODERATE 171 reviews
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Trail Canyon Falls is a 11.4 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near 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
11.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
3106 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

backpacking

birding

camping

hiking

nature trips

walking

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

This trail requires an adventure pass.

17 days ago

There's hardly any water, but a great workout!

backpacking
19 days ago

We got to the trailhead around 2pm. We were able to get to the waterfall and enjoy our picnic on top overlooking the falls. There wasn't too much water coming from the falls but it was peaceful. As we were leaving the sun was setting and we got spectacular views of the mountains changing colors. We got to the car before dark. Overall a great hike!

hiking
1 month ago

You have to climb down to get to the waterfall and was a little sketch but well worth it! We got right in the water after a hike in the intense heat. So fun!

1 month ago

Totally going back! but seriously if you're taking your dog please take care of it, there's feces half way through the beginning of the trail. not cool

hiking
1 month ago

I have hiked this trail many times but only to the waterfall. Once, many years ago I kept going past the waterfall but as many others have pointed out, the trail disappears and it becomes very hard to navigate. Maybe with the help of Alltrails GPS, it is easier to find now.
The best season to experience the waterfall in all its glory would be spring time, especially after a heavy rainy season. Otherwise, you might not see water at all.
Overall, it is an easy hike to the waterfall with the last leg being the most difficult due to the steep incline on the exposed cliff side.
This is a go-to hike for me since it is relatively close to the city.

2 months ago

This hike was ok. Trail was hard to follow and never made it to a waterfall. I was bushwacking also and no luck. Just found out that alltrails has gps offline and may go back cause this one kicked my butt. I will reupdate my review.

4 months ago

Fun trail in the beginning couple miles, but after the waterfall it gets tough. The trail is washed up by the fires, and rockslides made it difficult at some areas.

hiking
4 months ago

Great trail with a gentle assent through shade and a few water crossings, great for beginner trail runners. The route to Lazy Lucas (about 3 miles) is easy to follow, if a little scratchy on the legs in a few places that the foliage is a bit thick. Great views, quiet, and lightly traveled.

Past Lazy Lucas, the path is less defined and I relied on carins left by previous hikers to chart my way, and made some of my own to make sure I did not lose the track on my return trip.

I was attempting to make it to the saddle and then up to Condor peak, however, the trail after Tom Lucas Camp ground (about 5 miles) is pretty much nonexistent, and the only way I knew I was still on the right path was by using All Trails GPS. This was not just bush whacking, this was full on trail blazing, and after making it about only a 1/4 mile in about 25 min. I decided to turn back.

I tried to make it to Condor peak via Fox Peak previously, but was turned away by a dangerously washed out trail, but I I am determined, Especially after seeing the peak with its distinctive shape so close on this hike. I plan to return to this route with a machete and pink marker ribbon and hack my way through to the saddle, and will be sure to update if I manage to clear I path!

backpacking
6 months ago

August 19th the creek is completely dry save for a few areas where there is stagnant water.

I hiked this with my boyfriend with the intention of going all the way to Tom Lucas Camp - I knew it was overgrown and the trail would be hard to find, but we wanted the trip to be a little adventurous.

We started around 3pm. The last climb before the waterfall is pretty tough especially in the heat, but we made it and continued our way down the trail skipping the waterfall trail that forks to the right (it was dry anyway). The trail after that continues to get less and less maintained. There is poison oak everywhere - before the waterfall, you'll have no trouble with it if you can identify it and use a stick in some areas to move it out of the way. Past the falls, requires a little more intention with where you step and what you're rubbing up against. Past Lazy Lucas Camp you will need hiking pants as the trail is little better than bushwacking, although it's not too difficult to follow as there are cairns and pink ribbon on some of the trees.

We were unable to find Tom Lucas Camp even when our GPS said we were right on top of it. The brush is so thick and we were not able to see any flat area where a campsight might have been. We doubled back and ended up pitching camp at about 6pm in a sandy opening where there was evidence that others had camped there before.

Be warned, the further areas of this trail are heavily infested with poison oak (we washed everything with Tecnu when we got home and I still expect for some to develop in the next couple of days).

We were completely isolated and slept in our tent without our fly - we broke camp and started back at about 7:30am. There return hike in the morning was really beautiful and nice! I'd love to go back once the creek starts flowing again.

hiking
6 months ago

Good workout and awesome views. BUT the waterfall that was so beautifully flowing a couple months back, is noe completely dry. would be a nice morning hike or sunset hike. I went at 1:00pm and the sun was excruciating, it is way too hot to take dogs right now as well. I took my dog and I regretted it. I had to carry her most of the way.

6 months ago

This was a great hike, but if you blink, you'll miss the area where you're supposed to stop and park. Got there round 730, hike took a cpl of hours. To get to the base of the waterfall, you have to go down a cpl of slopes with less than ideal footing, but there are ropes there and they help. I personally woulda got lost on the way back if it wasn't for the person I was with, but I would do this one again. Oh, and the waterfall is pretty kickass. Def majestic and stuff

hiking
7 months ago

This was a great hike. Unfortunately we left late (thanks to that person) but it was great! It's a bit of an incline I promise it's not as long as you would think I saw so many people turn around and they were just around the corner from the falls so keep going!! The water was pretty dry but not completely. I have done this twice and I definitely will do it again!

7 months ago

This trail is great for those looking for a decent trail with a nice cool dip at the end although be wary since finding your way their at times might find you searching the ground for a path when the unkept trail leads you astray.Beautiful waterfall that will have you using a rope as a rail to climb down for a quick dip or at top of ridge follow a trail straight that will have one atop the waterfall.Bring Water Be Safe Enjoii:)

hiking
7 months ago

Always enjoy this hike. I love that you climb up to the falls instead of going down first then climbing up so it makes the the hike even better to cool off once you reach the falls. The hike is about 40% shaded at first then you're in full exposure the rest of the way. Beautiful views and the residents are nice so be respectful

hiking
7 months ago

Great trail! We started at 6:30 in the morning and went all the way to lazy Lucas camp (3.1-ish miles in starting from the road). Trail goes in and out of shade and the stream crossings are fun. Started hiking at 6:30am and weren't in direct sun until after passing the falls. Glad we started early. Did 6.3 miles total with some dilly-dallying for photos and finished by 10:30am. Was just starting to get hot when we finished.

hiking
8 months ago

This hike is everything everyone said. Gorgeous scenery. So worth the climb for some it will be harder than others but worth the push. Honestly, one of the most beautiful hikes I have ever been on in SoCal. Certainly not boring. But make sure you bring lots of water and sunscreen. Maybe even a snack/trail mix. Dipping your feet in the water after the hike and seeing the waterfall is the reward and so worth it! We have seen some small snakes, a bob cat and a rattlesnake once. Howver, I have hked this trail 4 times since January. Twice I saw nothing. Haven't gotten a parkking ticket yet but thank you for the warning Shannon Daniel. ;(

hiking
8 months ago

Beautiful hike and SO worth it once you get to the falls. The last .4 miles to the falls is a little hellish in the heat but once you get past that part, it's smooth sailing. Beautiful hike and definitely will do again in the future.

8 months ago

I consider this trail to be my 1st official hike after declaring myself a hiker. I've gone hiking before but recently decided to make it a hobby of mine and purchased all the necessary gear/equipment. I thought it was awesome. Beautiful landscape, various stream crossings, lots of mountains & valley views in addition to a plush waterfall!

hiking
8 months ago

We came 6/2/1 7 and waterfall is absolutely amazing. just had to get in it. advise: drink lots of water. came accross a couple of small snakes so be careful! other than that had a great time scenery is gorgeous!

8 months ago

Easy and beautiful hike!! Rope heading down to waterfall is easy .... you might not need rope :-)

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