Escondido Canyon Winding Way, Escondido Canyon Trails

Malibu, California 90264

Escondido Canyon Winding Way, Escondido Canyon Trails

Escondido Canyon: Winding Way, Escondido Canyon Trails Professional Review and Guide

"Escondido means “hidden” in Spanish—a perfect characterization of this lovely canyon ensconced in the hills above Malibu. Escondido Canyon is hidden from easy view and hidden from better-known Malibu destinations along the coast. For years it was hidden from hikers, too, because of private property-public use disputes. These tussles have been settled; there is now legal access to this gem of a canyon. The creek bubbling through Escondido Canyon runs all-year; rain-swollen, it’s an impressive little watercourse. At the end of the trail through this box canyon is the hiker’s payoff—Escondido Falls, which cascades over limestone rock into a handsome grotto. Escondido Canyon is but a hop, skip and short hike from neighboring Ramirez Canyon, where two conservation groups—the state’s Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy and the nonprofit Mountains Conservancy Foundation— are headquartered in Barbra Streisand’s former estate."

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"Escondido (“hidden” in Spanish) Canyon conceals one of the natural treasures of the Santa Monica Mountains: a shimmering waterfall leaping more than 200 feet over a broken cliff. Only during times of rare flood do the falls resemble anything thunderous, but even during an average rainy season the intricate dribblings of water are an inspiration."

"Escondido Falls is a 200-foot multi-tiered cataract deep within the Escondido Canyon Natural Area. The upper cascade can be spotted during the hike, but the trail ends at the base of the lower falls in a box canyon. The falls tumbles 50 feet into a shallow pool, cascading off limestone cliffs into a mossy fern grotto. The hike to the falls begins on a winding, paved residential road due to trail access problems. In less than a mile, a footpath descends into the forested canyon. In the shade of oaks, willows, and sycamores, the canyon trail follows a year-round creek to the waterfall."

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7/18/2018
Sadly there is not a lot of water right now, but this is a very pretty trail with lots of trees and it's readily accessible off the PCH. It is an easy hike, so very popular for families with kids. It is a great trail for dogs, too.
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6/20/2010
Nice Trail. Easily accessible from PCH. The trail itself is well difined and maintained with little to no obstacles. The only elevation gain happens in the beginning in the residential section. Once you pass that the trail drops down and follows the stream bed fed by the falls. It's a quick hike that only takes about and hour round trip. Once you reach the falls, the is a steep and treacherous rocky climb that can take you to a higher observation point.
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3/9/2009
this is a very easy trail with a big payoff at the end! the falls are really beautiful when there is water. if you can scramble up the gully to the right of the lower falls you can pick your way to the upper falls which are amazing. we went on a sunday and it was very crowded, lots of kids, dogs, horses, but that did not make the trip any less enjoyable.
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7/19/2008
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8/14/2006
A pleasant unexerting hike with a nice pay-off. The waterfall is great even when the water level is down. Get there early, we were at the trailhead by 7:00 A.M., and you can have one of the prettiest waterfalls in the Santa Monica Mountains all to yourself.
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Trail Information

Malibu
Nearby City
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
4.2
Distance
300 feet
Elevation Gain
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Moderate
Skill Level

Activity Feed

Nov 2018