Explore the most popular waterfall trails near Lake Elsinore with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Nice trail!

Breathtaking views all around most of the way. The spot where the waterfalls would be was completely dry again though on the May 12th weekend.

Took about 3.5 hours to get up there with okay pace and some quick photo stops. 2.15 return. (So, definitely longer than 4 hr round trip as some people have commented)

2 months ago

Tad bit of water at the falls. Not enough to rinse my hands. Seen lots of lizards .heard a growl from a large critter.

Trail starts in parking lot across the street from the candy store. A little over 11 miles from parking to falls and back, 9.1 miles as stated on app is incorrect. Falls are not impressive but it’s a nice hike to get there nonetheless. A good 4 hours round trip, take lots of water, sunscreen and a hat. Wear good trail shoes, parts of the trail are dry with loose pebbles/rocks easy to slip in the wrong shoes. Lots of pretty wild flowers along the way.

3 months ago

Super beautiful hike! There is only a little bit of water left where the waterfall should be. Towards the end is a table seating area to the right. After that, the trail doesn't have much shade but it is only a short period of time. Will definitely go again.

3 months ago

I took my seven month old daughter here for a short hike and we sadly didn’t see any waterfall, just moist rocks. (4/10/18) lots of lizards and some pretty blooming wild flowers and greenery.

I could manage climbing up and down all the rocks while front carrying my baby in a soft Baby Ktan and I had a small daypack on.

Disappointed in the graffiti. Surprising I didn’t see much trash.

We had a nice hike in sunny 75 degree weather.

It was a bit crowded near the falls due to a large group of rock climbers who set up right at the falls location. They were friendly, but still, we didn’t have much room to explore near the “falls”.

I think the drive up to the trail was exceptional, lots of places to turnout and checkout the view of Lake Elsinore.

No pass needed to park at the trailhead.

It's part of the Sitton Peak/Bear Canyon Trail for the first mile then you cut off on Morgan Trail and then cut off on Tenaja Falls trail. Not the most scenic and I'm not fond of going up and down and up and down. I prefer doing all the work going up to a peak. No real peak here.

Nice trail, no water at the waterfall yet. But saw a beautiful big rattlesnake right next to the trail.

3 months ago

Had a nice hike through this area. Meant to go to another trail but this one was great for us. I would say this one is moderate. Beautiful cool day. No water at the falls but we were able to enjoy a nice lunch while we were there

I’m loving this short beautiful Canyon trail
There is a outhouse 2each bathroom
Parking is not free

on Ortega Falls

rock climbing
4 months ago

Great for rock climbing.

Did trail as a thru hike to the Tenaja Falls trailhead in San Mateo Canyon wilderness. Trail was well worn and easy to follow but much easier when you have the live app making sure you make the correct turns. You will have cell data until just after you reach the ridge 4 miles in. Water was flowing pretty well over the falls. Note if you do this as a thru hike, expect to take more than 30 minutes to drive from the opposite trail head to the trail head off the Ortega highway.

There is no water right now. The trail has been marked with orange tape tied to trees, so it is a little better marked. It is extremely rocky, difficult picking at times, but pretty short. It is so sad to see all the large tagging on the rocks. It definitely detracts from the beauty of the area.

First of all the trail head is NOT by the candy store it is right where you park ..I wouldn’t call it moderate but strenuously moderate.. 9.3 miles to the “falls” ( no water). Lots of ticks..beware and check your dogs. We had fun...

5 months ago

is there any water there right now?
I went a few weeks ago n it was dry

rock climbing
5 months ago

3 different anchor sites to top rope from, just make sure to bring a 120 + foot rope, it’s a little higher then it looks

Only did the loop, but didn't see another soul on a Friday afternoon. The leg of the trail to San Juan Falls should be called the Heavy Doodie Trail since it is littered with dog poo around every bend. For the love of hiking.. PLEASE pick up after your dog and carry out what you bag.

Nice trail for a winter hike but it was quite warm today, about 78. Left at 7:30 when it was cool, finished by 12:30 and it was quite hot. Brought the dogs and found lots of TICKS on them - maybe from the recent rain? I would not have expected ticks this time of year. No water in the falls but a few puddles down stream from the rain.

It was a great day with a great hike. But no water was flowing

Definitely go when the weather is clear and cool. I imagine this trail would be great with more water in the stream beds. I only saw 1 person on the trail.

It was rad. But got lost on the way back. Added an extra two hours walking the riverbed trying to find the trail lol

8 months ago

Dry day, just some moisture at the Falls.

By "easy" it means the trail is short but it's definitely not wheelchair accessible. Rocky and quite steep (though short) parts of the trail.

Unfortunately thr beauty has been defaced by a lot of (bad) graffiti.

We hiked this in October knowing the terrain would be hot and dry, but wanted a conditioning trail close to home. Knowing that, it was a good hike with both oak woodlands and chaparral. The falls were expectedly dry, but the rock formations were quite cool. My gps app stated 5.7 miles to reach the falls - 11.4 round trip.

It was a fun, easy trail but be careful on the rocks. Even though they weren't wet when I went they were still very smooth and slippery. I also saw a rattlesnake so watch where you step!

11 months ago

Water has officially dried up

11 months ago

Fun little hike. Although isn't marked very well so be careful and try not to get lost.

11 months ago

Not well marked. Once you find it, the trail was rocky and there are multiple paths. When we got to the falls, it wasn't flowing very much and there was graffiti. The hike was a pretty one and my young kids had fun. So it was a win in my book.

Thursday, July 06, 2017

Amazing view for such a short hike. It's a little rocky.

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