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Nicholas Suzuki reviewed Garcia Ridge OHV Trail
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OHV/Off Road Driving

Open 7/20. The trail dead ends for Vehicles after a few miles but it was worth the detour off Hi Mountain Road.

Miranda Pierce reviewed Big Falls Trail
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HikingBugsOver grown

Great trail! Overgrown quite a bit with a lot of poison oak. Must have a big vehicle or 4WD to get over the FIFTEEN water crossings. Overall great for kids and a great adventure!

Michelle Hansen reviewed Big Falls Trail
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full of trees and the sounds of birds and falling water.

Carlos Soto-Gomez reviewed Big Falls Trail
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HikingBugs

This place is very family friendly with plenty of nature to see. Definitely do not wear any perfumes or sweet body sense around spring because it attracts many bugs. The river is beautiful during the spring and about 15 river Crossing so you must Ride in a lifted vehicle, SUV, and or 4 x 4.

Allison Phelps reviewed Big Falls Trail
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Hiking

We did the whole loop. It ended up being about 16 miles. We started at Rinconada Trailhead, down Little Falls trail and back up Big Falls. Little Falls was overgrown with loads of poison oak. I wouldn’t do this leg of the loop again. Some pros, but not enough. The salamanders in the creek were very fun to see! The falls were, well, small. I did love hiking through the lovely oaks and flowers near the Little Falls Trailhead. Big Falls is a better maintained, has more traffic and is beautiful. There are several waterfalls and swimming holes. Highly recommend!

Erin Alves reviewed Big Falls Trail
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HikingOver grownRockyScramble

Big Falls: what a trek & A+ adventure with LOTS of poison oak ... but many waterfalls (50ft+), watering holes & amazing nature (including salamanders — the California Newt). It’s 11 miles in back of Lake Lopez & it took 50 mins to get to the trailhead. W/4wd (a must) we crossed 6 dry crossings & 16 river crossings total. I didn’t realize Little Falls & Big Falls a 2 different trailheads (oops) - btw for future reference there are around 7-9 river crossing between little falls & big falls ... Once you get to Big Falls trailhead, the 4.4 mile hike to the Big waterfall & back is relatively easy/a little steep/some on side of cliff. Wear long clothes, bring water shoes (trail crossed river 10+ times) and hiking shoes.

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Chris Lanier reviewed Big Falls Trail
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Hiking

I hiked down to Big Falls from Hi Mtn Road connecting from Rinconada Trail. It’s 11.5 miles if you do it that way but you don’t need a high clearance vehicle to access the Big Falls Trail if you hike in from the north end of the trail. If you use Rinconada to Big Falls the total climb for the round trip is about 2500ft. About 6 miles of the hike on Hi Mtn Road has great views of the Santa Lucia Wilderness and is relatively flat. I hiked at the beginning of April and there was plenty of water over the upper falls. I didn’t go all the way to the lower falls. Def need long pants as there’s plenty of Poison Oak in the shady areas.

Erin Alves reviewed Marina and Rocky Point Trails
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HikingNo shadeOff trail

We paid the $10 and parked out car at the ranger station. We stayed on the paved road and went all the way to the zip line course. My son was able to ride his bike and really enjoyed it. Then we made our way back past the beautiful lake views to the marina. Once to the marina it is hilly the way back to the ranger station. Wonderful for beginners and kiddos.

Tina Nguyen reviewed Big Falls Trail
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Hiking

Big Falls in Santa Lucia. It is about 50 minutes away from Avila beach. On the way driving into the park I was able to see Lopez lake. ( very pretty). Mountain, mountains so manny of them makes me remember KCNT. Sharing road but not many car so no need to worried about it. ( enjoying epic panoramic view of the mountains). Need 4 WD to just get to the trailhead. ( 12 rivers to driving cross). Very adventure,fun, loved, and scared. ( but I won’t do it again). Easy hike. ( Back and forth many times to the creek was fun). Seeing few waterfalls, short, medium, and tall, a lot of water flowing on the falls. ( they made my ears, eyes, and my heart, didn’t want to go home). Mountains, rocks, redwood trees, swimming holes, jumping cliff, bugs, poison oak/ ivy,snake, salamanders. ( you name it, this park has them all waiting for you). Loved this park a lot. ( so soooo peaceful and adventure). Enjoy your hike but I won’t come back.

Seth Souza reviewed Big Falls Trail
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HikingBugsOver grownRocky

fun hike, flies still out, water in few cool swim jump spots, ropes get you access to some hard to reach spots...not very many people out the water was cold but still jumped in. no water at the end of trail and lots poison oak out there..water in 10 of the water crossings...be careful of residents on the road not friendly at all..no cell reception

S Reiss reviewed Big Falls Trail
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Hiking

This is a hike that will make memories to last a lifetime. Took my dad for Father’s Day 2019. Water was brisk, but swimmable. Approx 15 creek crossings in your vehicle - high clearance recommended. 4WD not necessary. Go early as parking area gets crowded and it’s pretty small. Hike is easy to the falls with a couple of creek crossings. Upper swimming hole is easy to see how to access, lower one is trickier and is not easily accessed by dogs or people unable to do minor scaling of rocks. To get to lower swimming hole, switch to east side of the creek at the second crossing, but stay close to the creek. A trail will take you to a rocky slope that you have to scramble/rock climb across (ropes not necessary). There are a few cliff jumping ledges into the lower pool- be careful as it can be dangerous and we know people who have been seriously injured. It was pristine when we visited, but have heard bummer stories of people leaving trash and cans/bottles... please pack it out if you go.

Abe DeGraw reviewed Big Falls Trail
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BugsOver grown

Didn’t make it all the way this time, lost sight of the trail and turned around

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Kaitlin Sumler reviewed Big Falls Trail
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Hiking

The road out to the trailhead has a lot of flooded areas (around 10-12) that require AWD higher suspension vehicle depending on water level. This is by no means a hard hike. It took me and my partner about 3 hours to complete at a very relaxed pace.

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Hiking

$10 to enter the park. The lake is gorgeous. Lots of deer, campers, kids and pets. There’s a water park and zip line/ adventure park that you hike by. Some shade in parts, but also quite a bit of sun.

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Boy Scout reviewed Big Falls Trail
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HikingBugsOver grown

Hiked it with my daughter from the Rinconada side. One of the hardest hikes I've ever done. Pretty close to 11 miles with lots of elevation changes. Started at 10am, got to the falls about 1:30pm, hung out about 2hrs, back to the car at 7pm. Amazing views and solitude, never saw another soul until we got to the falls. Most people go the easy way from upper Lopez Rd. but we were looking for a challenge. And we found it. Super fun adventure that allows you to see California in its purest form. We'll do it again as soon as the soreness wears off. Massive amounts of poison oak and a good number of ticks and snakes as well. Enjoy

aminn68 User reviewed Big Falls Trail
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Hiking

great day hike! bring swim gear

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Stefanie Vargas reviewed Big Falls Trail
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Hiking

This is an awesome hike! Best waterfall around! I was worried about getting through the 14 creek crossings but we made it easy without a 4x4. I have a Toyota Tacoma and it made it with no problem! Now our shoes did get wet when crossing the cross beds during the hike. My kids did the hike 3 years ago when they were 5 years old and 8 years old but I think little ones would have a harder time. I enjoyed the hike this year as well! There were lots of salamanders and some steep areas but a moderate hike for sure!

Elle Jacinto reviewed Big Falls Trail
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one of our best adventures yet! watch out for ticks and poison oak...need 4×4 to cross creek in various spots during spring!

Hector E reviewed Big Falls Trail
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OHV/Off Road Driving

Went last week and the river full. There was a sign indicating caution. Waiting for some locals to come by. They didn’t recommend me to cross the river in my Subaru Outback. First a raised Toyota went through. That didn’t really help to determine if I could make it. Then an SUV went through and that gave me confidence to go ahead. At one point water was going over my hood, but we made all 15 crossings without issue. There was even a waterfall at the parking lot of big falls trail. The way back was easier since we were going with the river.

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