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Wendy Trail to Waterfalls is a 3.3 mile out and back trail located near Newbury Park, California that features a waterfall. The trail is good for all skill levels and offers a number of activity options.

3.3 miles
613 feet
Out & Back

kid friendly


mountain biking

nature trips

trail running




wild flowers


no dogs

The trail begins with a slight downhill to a tree-lined creek bed, which sometimes has a little water. Shortly after emerging from the trees, you will arrive at a junction. Take the trail to the left, yes that's correct, up the steep hill. Not too far after reaching the top, you will come to an old windmill on the left side of the trail. Continuing past the windmill, the trail passes through a pleasant, shaded area, making several switchbacks. In short order, you will come to a trail running along the north rim of Sycamore Canyon. To the left is the Hidden Valley Overlook Trail. Go right, to join with Danielson Road a few hundred yards down the trail. Make a 180 and proceed on Danielson Road down into the canyon. Depending on the amount of rainfall, you may have to negotiate a stream crossing (easy rock-hopping) at the bottom of the canyon. After this crossing, you begin a moderate climb. In less than a quarter mile, you arrive at the first switchback, where you will continue to go straight on the spur trail to the falls. You now have only a few hundred yards to the falls. Be cautious climbing over rocks to get to the base of the falls.

3 months ago

Definitely on the moderate side, not easy. It's August so it very warm and there is very little shade, and the waterfall is bone dry. There are several moderately steep climbs and some rocky terrain where I needed to concentrate on my footfalls. The hardest part is definitely the first hill, it's the longest and steepest. If you can conquer that one, the rest will seem easy. There are enough flat spots between the climbs to catch your breath and get your heart rate back down a little. All in all a lovely hike and a great workout. I will absolutely be back in early spring, hoping to have an actual waterfall.

6 months ago

No water in June, just a little mud. Nice little hike. I’d say closer to the medium side of easy.

7 months ago

this was not an easy trail.. more like 5m out and back.

8 months ago

Love this trail!

8 months ago

Did this hike today , I wouldn’t say easy but not hard. It was hot , little shade. My dogs needed a few breaks for water. Water fall was beautiful from what we heard more water than usual. I will do it again.

10 months ago

Awesome place to take ur dog, and a workout at the same time very easy, don’t forget to go through the underpass it will add another mile to ur walk and ur best friend the 4 legged kind

Wednesday, August 02, 2017

Hiked on Tuesday 8/1/2017 at 5pm and ended around 630pm with a total of around 4 miles... it was hot and very little shade...
Very little traffic , i hiked alone and I saw only two people . Lots of lizards and quails! Lots of bushes and burned trees. It's a recovering area from a fire. The difficulty is about 3/10 with one area pretty steep. Its a boring trail but good for the area. The area near the waterfall has overground bushes that cover the trail. The waterfall at this time of the year is nonexistent. It's was disappointing actually. The best part was essentially the overview area of the hills. Overall, I wouldn't recommend it unless you want to get some exercise.

Pros: little to no traffic, exercise , parking
Cons: boring, no shade, no waterfall
Rating: 2/10
Notes: no dogs on waterfall trail, no bikes on waterfall trail, no hike alone, trails splits to other areas

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Lovely hike! The waterfall is a little weak right now but you can still climb the rocks and get close to the pools. The brush on the way to the waterfall in the ravine is not well cleared though. Beautiful views of Boney Mountain and Newbury Park. Plenty of additional trails to extend the hike if desired.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Awesome trail!

Saturday, April 01, 2017

Pretty quick and easy with a small rocky waterfall. I think the description is a bit off considering it is in Newbury Park. I don't really get the WV reference. Great hike when you don't have much time and just want to coast for the most part.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

I've been hitting the various trails of area this past week this being my third after Paradise Falls and Tapo canyon so far and this was probably my favorite due to the diversity of terrain! It criss crosses w/ Boney Mountain trail which trailhead starts a mile down the road! The green valleys the craggy mountains the cascading waterfalls at end of this trail this time of year 3/17 were a treat!
Coming back I looped around the verdant valley to visit the small interpretative center w/ a local vegetation garden!

Monday, February 27, 2017

Very Nice Hike. Waterfall is flowing good
& very pretty.
If you stick to the outlined trail it is not an Easy hike. It should be rated Moderate cause there are more uphill terrain. Most of our group enjoyed it but a few took the flat trail next to this one. On the hills some awesome views of the whole area. Enjoy!

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Great trail for the family, but you CANNOT bring your dog all the way in! if you want to go to the waterfall, leave the dog home. Because this trail starts in a National Park, your dog is welcome but the waterfall is in a State Wildlife Reserve and dogs are not allowed. The officers told us it was a $250 fine +court costs.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Pretty views. Lots of water. Very muddy right now from all the rain. Lots of hills and steep cliffs from small landslides so not easy for kids under 5. Not stroller friendly but a good walk.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

lovely after the rain!

Tuesday, December 06, 2016

This trail should be downgraded to easy. The trail to the waterfalls is on a well marked path. I was a little disappointed when I arrived to the falls because the drought has reduced it to small puddles. I did enjoy the hike and there are others trails that branch of that I would like to explore. Good hike to come with kids and pets.

Friday, November 25, 2016

I've been going on this hike ever since I was a little kid, and it never fails to satisfy. It has a beautiful view of the valley and is very scenic. Unlike most trails I've been on this one has a nice breeze throughout the trail so it stays moderately cool. My favorite part is climbing up the side of the waterfall. It's a great place to take pictures and rock climb as well.

Sunday, September 30, 2012

I have hiked this trail a few times. I just returned from a hike today. I recommend you bring plenty of water since there is no drinking water along the trail like some others have ( Wildwood Park etc. ). If you go in the summer months there is no water from the falls-only a couple of puddles at its base. Spring would be the best if you want to see a WATERFALL.
If you don`t have enough energy I would suggest as soon as you climb that first steep hill instead of going left towards the old windmill take the right going through the flatter grassy trail ( you will encounter some animal feces so watch your step here ) that meets at the base of Danielson fire rd you would take the left ( dont get confused-another trail to your immediate left leads to the Windmill ) on Danielson FR and the climb is a bit more tolerable this way and there is a bench overlooking the canyon-maybe 50 yards from the split. If you look to your right you will see a Water tank and a paved rd that many mountain bikers use that leads to a Campsite ( about 2.5 miles from the watertank-approx )
Most of Danielson FR going to the Falls is downhill so be ready for some climbing back :)
Make sure you look at the signs along the trails because on some you can not bring a dog.
All in all this is a fairly easy hike just remember if you go in the Spring there is a lot of loose rocks onto the trail from the water runoff so be careful where you step.

P.S. If you want drinking water you need to go to the Satwiwa Native American Indian Culture center-which would be : Instead of climbing that FIRST Steep Hill take a right and go around and side of the hill.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

This was a very beautiful hike and there were many people to talk with if you don't know which way to go. It took us 3 1/2 hours to do the hike. According to the instructions, when you join with Danielson Road a few hundred yards down the trail, DO NOT make a 180. Just turn left. The 180 makes it confusing. On the way back we decided to go straight down and take the flats through the meadow since we were getting pretty tired and didn't want to climb back up the original path and it was much quicker. There was a bit of a trickle at the falls but not much. Very pretty but not a place to lay around because all that's there are rocks. You can sit on a rock to rest but then turn around and go back. All in all, it was a nice hike and weather was great.

Thursday, April 05, 2012

I really lovedi think this is a great hike in spring when everything is so pretty and green. It's a great hike for those who maybe just started to hike but are in decent shape. If you follow the map it rolp

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