Upper Natural Bridge Trail

EASY 146 reviews

Upper Natural Bridge Trail is a 1.8 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Vallecito, California that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

1.8 miles
436 feet
Out & Back

kid friendly



nature trips

trail running






wild flowers



no dogs

This majestic spot features a large creek that flows through massive caves. Bring shoes that can get wet and a sense of adventure!

6 hours ago

1 day ago

First time out there and it was amazing worth the drive there and the hike, good for all fitness levels as long as you can go up and down stairs :) bring a towel and some shoes or sandals you don't mined getting wet with good grip the river rooks are very slippery

3 days ago

4 days ago

Not sure I would exactly call it easy. The way back has a pretty good grade but it's not too far. Bring water shoes! It is beautiful but the rocks in the river bed are merciless.

5 days ago

6 days ago

12 days ago

This was a great little hike. You start out going down hill so that means you have to go back up after you reach the cave. Fortunately the hike is pretty short so its not too bad. We will for sure be back this summer to float through the cave.

18 days ago

Nice short hike with a big pay off.

24 days ago

25 days ago

I loved this hike super easy so worth the walk to the cave very nice not deep at all watch out for snakes, I hope they're gopher snakes lol

26 days ago

1 month ago

1 month ago

Loved the trip down to the bridge and the view is definitely worth the trek. It is fairly well used trail. Nite, there are some wooden steps that have not worn too well towards the start of the trail. Definitely doing this one again!

Nite: April 2017, water level was high and was flowing pretty good.

1 month ago

1 month ago

bring hiking boots. watch for poison oak. easy hike. beautiful falls. great place to have lunch.

1 month ago

The end is a beautiful natural bridge, lots of wild flowers, and poison oak .in the summer the water is probably refreshing but now it's in the 50's. hopefully hikers can keep the trail clean, there is some hikers who don't pick up their own trash.

1 month ago

The trail was moderate and a bit steep on your way back. The walk was nice and there was lots of shade as you're walking through. Couple of benches for you to take breaks on too. It's doesn't take too long to get to the bottom. The water is refreshing and its fun getting inside the cave :) great place to take some nice photos. Be careful of rattlesnakes!

2 months ago

It is a great trail. Especially in March when not a lot of people are hiking or sight seeing. Trail says easy, which, it is but keep in mind it's down the back up. Take water and take your time, especially if your not use to hiking.

2 months ago

Went here last week for my birthday. Came on a Tuesday so it wasn't crowded. Super easy and short hike, wished it was longer. The water was going and the place was beautiful! Will definitely come back!