Best Easy Day Hikes: Orange County
by Randy Vogel (Falcon Guides)
© 2009 Randy Vogel/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.
It was HOT!! 101 degrees at the trailhead and I suspect this is a perfect early morning trail in the spring. I CANNOT stress enough the road is very technical and should only be done in raised vehicles. I was in a Disco Series II and it was fun and challenging. Just when you think it can't possibly be any further along the road. . . it is. We pushed a group in an Audi off some rocks in the middle of the road and an Accord precariously traversed the same rocky area. The falls were slow but expected due to the season. I'll come back in the spring and take it REAL slow with my 3 and 5 year old. Might be slightly more technical for youngsters than let on.
We picked probably the most perfect day and weather for this hike. The sky was clear, sunny, and blue. And the vegetation and flowers were lush, green, and in full bloom. The falls were at their fullest, due to so much recent heavy rain.
The trail was well maintained, and easy to follow in all but a few spots where it crosses the stream. The gorgeous trees keep the trail very well shaded for the majority of the hike.
This is a great hike to do with kids, and the bumpy 5 mile dirt road out to the trail head adds to the fun and adventure (go slow, high clearance vehicles are best).
Count on getting your shoes wet when the stream is full.
use mapquest before you go. The map on this site is not accurate....the dirt road is not for sedans. it is for 4X4''s bumpy means rocks and 6-8" holes and is not suitable for most "comfort" vehicles...Never made it to the trail. Sure it is lovely.
Great Trail!!! A bit crowded on a Sunday afternoon, but my 12 yr old son, and our boxer (Roxy) had a great day. The hike to the falls was a great first hike for my son. There were hikers of all ages on the trail and everyone seamed to be enjoying the day. Lots of wild life to be seen.
Very cool short hike to the falls. I did this hike in the middle of the day and even though it was hot, the trail was shady enough to not get overheated.
I don't know what Chelsea is talking about...there were bugs galore. They seemed to have a facination with trying to attack my eyeballs :-)
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