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.
dogs on leash
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:)
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.
We were really looking forward to this hike but the over growth and ticks pretty much ruined the hike.
Definitely difficult to find the path at the beginning, but once you made it the trail was incredible!
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!!
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.
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.
We tried to look for it but got lost! Help!!! Can anyone give me directions?
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.
Fun trail. Lots of scrambling and ducking under things. Waterfalls are gorgeous too.
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.
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.
we did the first part of this hike last weekend without knowing. was pretty easy and had I known it ended in waterfalls we would have finished it. lol I'll definately bike the full thing next time. it was looking life a pretty neat hike.
also wood bring more water.