Upper Hot Spring Canyon to Falls Trail

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Upper Hot Spring Canyon to Falls Trail is a 3.2 mile out and back trail located near Trabuco Canyon, 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. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

3.2 miles
419 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly



nature trips





wild flowers

over grown

26 days ago

It’s definitely not easy and you have to navigate to find your way on an overgrown trail. It’s not tick season (spring-summer) but the dogs ended up covered in them. Making for a much less than pleasant drive home (finished the hike as the sun was setting). We’ll have to plan our timing differently to go back. First tick encounter and there were just so many!!

7 months ago

Beware of the poison oak! It's worse than poison ivy and is a nightmare to deal with. Tons of it on this trail sadly.

9 months ago

Made it about a quarter mile in before we had to turn around. This trail is overgrown with poison oak! Another group started right before us and told us it only got worse (as they were turning back as well). I would not recommend this trail, at least at this time of the year. Not cared for or marked either.

9 months ago

great drive, great hike and beautiful water falls

9 months ago

This Trail is probably great but going off the map on here the trail gets lost in the brush pretty quick. Poison oak is pretty prominent along with rattlesnakes. Ended up giving up and turning around when the brush became too high to see my footing (or the critters living under it). The drive is nice with lots of lookout points though.

9 months ago

Not as easy as expected. The trail is not marked and very overgrown. But really pretty trail. Like an another reviewer mentioned, you need long sleeves and pants for this trail.

9 months ago

Great trail with an awesome waterfall at the end. Brush and plants are pretty overgrown on the trail.

10 months ago

It's incredible at the end but getting there is the hard part there's ways to get lost and get hurt as well hard to spot snakes I ran into two rattle snakes and I was 5 feet away I didn't notice because I was focusing on not to fall do not go with tank tops or shorts go with pants as well long sleeve shirts and bring mosquito repellent.

11 months ago

When the trail opens up with a canyon on your right, go straight over the rocks and to the right of the creek! We made a right and followed the wrong creek. Didn't see the waterfall. We backtracked to where the trail spit us out. Once we were on the right trail it was smooth sailing! The first waterfall is great and you can take a dip in the pools:)

Saturday, January 14, 2017

this hike was pretty cool. we only went as far as the first major waterfall, about 2 miles in. the trail is overgrown but you can see where it is. at this time you will have to cross streams a few times. wear long pants. its beautiful. go while there is water.

Saturday, November 05, 2016

We were really looking forward to this hike but the over growth and ticks pretty much ruined the hike.

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Definitely difficult to find the path at the beginning, but once you made it the trail was incredible!

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Fun trail overall. Of course if the waterfall was there it would have been more exciting but that's ok. We had 12 people on the trail this morning ages 4-50 and everyone did great. There's a few places there's loose gravel dirt and rocks and a couple places the trail gets narrow but it's nothing unmanageable. Lots of rocks so wear good shoes. Also several parts that are overgrown so I highly recommend long pants. Nothing too major though, we made it all the way. Took 3 hours total there and back including stops and kiddos going slow at times. There were a few snake sightings from another group and we saw a couple up on the road. The reviews below had great explanations for how to get there since it's not labeled well. Thank you for that!!

Monday, May 30, 2016

Trail wax overgrown a bit and hard to follow at times. Had 3 small Kids with us and they made it but was difficult for them at times. Loved all the trees to duck under.

Monday, May 30, 2016

Trail is pretty overgrown and tough to follow but overall a pretty nice hike. The pools and waterfall are all low this time of year so it might be better after a recent rain. Not too difficult but should not be taken on by inexperienced hikers or kids.

Sunday, May 08, 2016

We tried to look for it but got lost! Help!!! Can anyone give me directions?

Monday, February 08, 2016

Some thick brush to push through and an occasional need to back track, but so worth it at the end. The recent rains helped fill the stream and the falls. Check for ticks. I didn't find mine until the next morning and by then it was too late.

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Fun trail. Lots of scrambling and ducking under things. Waterfalls are gorgeous too.

Monday, May 25, 2015

Very cool. Its turning into a tight tunnel, which I like, but with all the poison oak it makes you quite weary. A few trees have fallen over the old trail but its easy to get around. Bring something to cut the brush away, pruning shears work great. I found a tick on me so keep an eye out. It seems like there are 2 ways to start: The one on the map, North of Falcon or the way Nick Wil explains below (from the camp parking lot) Stay close to the bottom of the creek and you'll be fine.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Great hike. Made it to Upper falls but had no rope to go down to the Lower falls. It's really steep. Not that many people come out here. There was lots of flowing water too.

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