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Beautiful views. Make sure to purchase a permit. One permit for 5 people. Bring plenty of water and food. Don't forget your hat and sunscreen lotion because there are no shades. It was easy on the way down to the water fall. Yet, on the way back was a challenging. There was a little snake in the water. Be careful. I was there last week, July 1st.

This is a nice easy trail that sould be done on a cool, overcast day like today. We saw a few wildflowers and a lot of squirrels

I went yesterday when it was pretty hot out. No shade, so bring plenty of water. I went off course a little, but quickly got back on track.
It was definitely an easy hike/run for me. The incline and loose rocks were a little challenging, but I managed to not fall. No others in the trail, so it made it peaceful, but a little scary too since I was solo! I’d definitely do this trail again. View of Ramona was beautiful.

Didn’t get to the falls (couldn’t get a $10 permit) but nice hike nonetheless

Beautiful views and an easy trail down to the waterfall. The waterfall itself wasn’t flowing much but the water was so cold! It helped my friend and I battle the heat. However, be advised that the trek back up can get even more hot (today it was 95 degrees around 1pm) so take lots and lots of water. Also, not a great trail for kids during the summer heat and they warn you at the beginning of the trail if dogs are aloud that day (which they weren’t today).

Love this hike! Good amount of parking, scenic mountains on the way down and decent work out on the way back. Wear a bathing suit and pack a lunch and hang near the water for a bit. I swam before hiking back to help beat the heat. There is zero shade besides down by the water so be smart. I went last week and there really was just a trickle vs a waterfall but definitely still worth the hike. Oh and get your permit - they checked mine at the tent before entering and then again after I had already done ~2 miles.

Beautiful hike!! But be aware that you need a permit. They have a tent pitched at the trailhead and wont let you go past without one. The way down was easy, but the way back up was tougher. Its not steep, but if its hot the granite makes it extremely hot and there is no shade. Bring a gallon per person, youll definitely need it. The water was trickling today, but there was a decent amount in the pool. It looked too stagnant to swim in, but people were in there anyway. Id definitely do it again, or try the two trails that branch from the north and south.

hiking
1 month ago

Getting to the waterfall was a piece of cake, but coming back was draining. The heat didn’t help matters either. Make sure you bring LOTS of water!!! The waterfall had trickling water but the pool was full. The sight was worth the hike. I would definitely come back. Overall, it was a great hike!

Went early at 7am. The hiking in/out was great! There was no creek to cross and the waterfall didn't have a lot of water but it's still very pretty! Cool weather today, out by 10:30 in the morning. Perfect day for a hike.

Get a permit beforehand. This trail is pretty easy as long as the weather is nice. There is no real climb; it is mostly switchbacks. The waterfall was awesome.

BTW... We saw a dead rattlesnake on the trail. Someone had smashed it with a rock. Yikes!

Did this trail 2x already. The first time I went we had some rain over the weekend so the falls were flowing really nicely. The 2nd time however, we haven’t had rain in a while (light drizzles) so there was no water flowing and the water was stagnant & gross with moss on top.

Still, it’s an easy trail to walk on.

You have to buy a permit for this location. $10 for every group of 5

You check in at the tent before you start your hike (they clock what time you start and check you out when you’re done)

Getting to the falls is easy since you’re going down. You’ll get nice views of the area on the way. Once you get to the valley, you’ll be walking over a lot of rocks so watch your step. If it rained, and water has been flowing, you’ll be crossing 2 little creeks and climbing a rock or 2 before you get to the falls.

At the falls, if the water hasn’t been stagnant, you can swim out to the tree and swing on a top someone left behind. Make sure your bags and food are sealed or the squirrels living there will take your stuff. They’re cute but sneaky little critters.

I’d say, only the hike back up where you’ll get tired. Always bring lots of water especially if the weather is hot. There are rattlesnakes in the area so be on the look out for them (so far I’ve been lucky the few times I’ve been there) I’ve seen people bring their dogs on the trail and this last time, a couple went horseback riding.

I’ll definitely have to bring some my friends back to this trail after we’ve had some rain so they can experience the nice waterfall I got to see my first time there.

Way down is pretty easy, seen a snake and a big salamander. The water fall is pretty thin right now and the pool is getting merky. The way back SUCKS, zero relief from the sun. Bring water duh! Sun block and a straw hat. We started a little late at 9am, try and go early as possible.

I was slightly worried after reading online reviews that it’s highly dangerous - but don’t let these perturb you. The hike is gentle down and back up, fine for me just 3 months after knee surgery - the greater concern is the temperature on the return because it’s hot (even at 71 degrees it felt warm!) so bring water, a hat and sunscreen and you’ll be fine.

The falls were trickling yesterday so next time I’ll come earlier in the year to see some more water. But otherwise a really pretty and satisfying hike, and the trail wasn’t busy at all on a Thursday afternoon.

Get your permit at recreation.gov in advance. Just screenshot it on your mobile, no need to print.

Fantastic hike this morning! Weather was perfect, clear and sunny and we went early to avoid the brutal east county heat. (even when it's not hot.....it's hot) Snakes are out so keep eyes open. The falls are beautiful, such a marvel of nature.

The falls area gets very crowded, even with limited permits. We were lucky to go early and be able to sit at the falls for a while before a majority of people came in.

Hike is downhill to the falls and all uphill coming back. Bring plenty of water.

Secure your permit before you go and read up on regulations. We added hikers to our permit because a party was over the limit and was about to be turned away. There is a limit to the number in your party.

Gorgeous hike all around and the scenery is amazing. Can't wait for next time!

Take a gallon of water!
Wear lug soles.

Great hike, not crowded, and beautiful hills all around. In mid-May the falls were down to a trickle and pools were green, so probably better in Feb/Mar. It gets hot and there is very little shade cover along the trail. Be sure to bring plenty of water especially if you’re a beginner hiker. The ranger told us that people frequently have to be rescued because they underestimate the hike and the direct sunlight. But if you’re in good shape and hike regularly you should be fine.

Best hike ever

walking
2 months ago

Nice evening walk to burn off that nasty burrito.

hiking
2 months ago

Great hike if planned well. The elevation change is gradual, so you can easily do six miles in two hours. Make sure you buy a pass online or you won’t be able to reach the falls. This hike is almost always monitored by rangers. Go in the winter or spring after it rains, but not after a torrential downpour or you will have a tough time crossing the river. Watch for rattlesnakes. My dog and I almost stepped on one yesterday, and I’ve run across rattlesnakes two of three times I’ve done this hike. The ranger also reported mountain lions on the trail this week. Dogs are allowed as long as the weather is cool and they are on leash.

Great weather! Nice easy decent to the waterfall with a view that totally makes the climb back up worth it. Bring lots of water for the accent because while it’s pretty gradual it has no shade. The rangers recommended about a gallon per person.

hiking
2 months ago

Perfect weather to do this. Nice breeze back on the way up. Still a challenge though. Left at 8am at 55 degrees and it was in the mid 70s on the way back up. Enjoy!

hiking
2 months ago

I really liked this hike, great scenery and views getting down to the waterfall and the waterfall/pond was beautiful.

I was the first one on the trail at 6 30 am and passed a lot of people on the return so I would advise going early if you want tranquility.

I appreciated all the previous comments from people. I’m here in Ramona visiting my mother. I’m from Minnesota. I love this area and was interested in walking places I haven’t been to yet. Today was a wonderful day for a walk and this trail was just perfect. I loved the wildflowers peeking out along the trail. There was decent bird watching too. I found a nice place to sit in the shade near the end of my walk. I just had to watch out for the cow pies! If you are enjoying this trail on the weekend there is a winery nearby that would make a good place to refresh. Unfortunately it wasn’t open today. I hope to be back again!

We started at 6am and got back as it started to warm up. It was the perfect time to go! It was so peaceful to hear the water running and so pretty.

trail running
2 months ago

This is my twice weekly trail run so I'm biased. Just don't sprint and slow down around the many corners (to avoid running into small children) and you'll be fine. Make sure you don't stop at the trail end and go all the way around the lake. Find the stone spillway and the "new" bridge; bonus points if there is a wedding photographer there. Don't forget the " danger exercise sort of trail" or the Forgotten Splinter Pyramid or the I Can't Believe They Built This For Kids in the 80s Fort right next to it. There's also a little trail that heads up from near the Pyramid to split the nature trail if you only feel like a 5 minute walk.

Easy trail to do with kids. Not very busy. Little pond. Horseback riding. Nature hike.

Lovely hike! Saw so many beautiful birds including 2 Eagles! Very easy walk approximately 4 miles.

Finally a hike that challenged me. The way to the falls is downhill, so coming back up was brutal. I was the first one on the trail today around 7 am, had my permit printed and the ranger checked for it. I think it’s great that they keep a log of those on the trail and their return. There is a restroom at the small parking lot, but you can park on the curb as well, no parking permit needed. No shade on the trail, so while it was cool in the morning heading down, it was hot and sunny on the way up. The fall itself was SO beautiful! It was so peaceful to be there alone but then everyone else showed up. Lots of wildflowers on the trail, beware of snakes.

Beautiful views, great water fall with fish in the pond. Strenuous hike back to the trailhead. Did it with my 3 small kids. Only my 7 cried. Tough but fun hike.

Good Walk!

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