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Did this hike last night. The recent rains have washed out the trail pretty good once you get to the end of the Borrego Canyon Trail and start on the Red Rock Canyon Trail. The trail has seen severe erosion and more than a foot of dirt has been washed away leaving small boulders that make going slow and the trip a little more challenging for your ankles. The lowering of the trail leaves little room for passing opposite traffic. The Red Rocks themselves don't seem affected by the erosion though and are still quite a sight, I'd still recommend the hike just go in knowing it will be a little more challenging than normal.
When the trail opens up with a canyon on your right, go straight over the rocks and to the right of the creek! We made a right and followed the wrong creek. Didn't see the waterfall. We backtracked to where the trail spit us out. Once we were on the right trail it was smooth sailing! The first waterfall is great and you can take a dip in the pools:)
My 3.5 year old, 7 year old, husband and I completed this hike. It was a few weeks after the rain so a bit muddy in places, but fun! We packed our lunch and ate on the red rocks and then headed back. With little legs it took us close to 4 hours with a short lunch stop round trip. We all thoroughly enjoyed it!
The road to the trailhead is closed aprox 2 miles prior. This will add an additional 4 miles to your hike. Be sure to plan. The water flow is pretty steady and the waterfall is gorgeous. Expect crowds at lower elevations. Watch out for mountain bikers and dual sport bikes. Gorgeous views to the east with snow capped mountains. Visibility to the west is very limited and no ocean views because of winter weather.