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Tenaja Falls Professional Review and Guide
"With five tiers and a total drop of about 150 feet, Tenaja Falls is the most interesting natural feature in San Mateo Canyon Wilderness. In late winter and spring, water coursing down the polished rock produces a kind of soothing music not widely heard in this somewhat dry corner of the Santa Ana Mountains."
--Jerry Schad and David Money Harris, Afoot & Afield: Orange County (Wilderness Press).
Very enjoyable hike. I went with my wife and two daughters (ages 13 and 11). There is a creek to cross at the beginning (which was knee deep) when we were there. I took off my shoes and walked across barefoot. the smooth, rocky surface at the top of the falls provides a great place to eat lunch and play around near the water. Hiking time was 1hr 4min. Drive in takes a while because a portion of the road is one lane with lots of curves. Watch out for poison oak.
I hike on the trail every weekend.I also explain the various intricacies of the trail itself.My hikes usually go further up the trail to the top. That is basically the ridgetops.There are so many different variety's of vegetation and trees. This place is great for Families,couples, or, individuals who like to hike.So, there you have the scoop on Tenaha Falls my fellow hikers.See ya up there!
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