Three Sisters Waterfalls Trail

Pine Grove, California 95665

Three Sisters Waterfalls Trail

Three Sisters Waterfalls Trail Professional Guide

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"This triple set of waterfalls in Boulder Creek, dubbed the “Three Sisters,” is an amazing San Diego County feature not many have seen. In full flood these cascades put on a show reminiscent of Yosemite’s show stoppers—except at a reduced scale. Since some of the upstream drainage of Boulder Creek comes from Cuyamaca Reservoir, regulation of water there can affect the flow over the falls. During late summer and early fall, there may be almost none."

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60 Hikes within 60 Miles: San Diego (Menasha Ridge Press)
Sheri McGregor
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"A trio of waterfalls known as the Three Sisters is the focal point of this hike that starts out dry and dusty." Read more

Three Sisters Waterfalls Trail Reviews

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7/9/2018
You could definitely get heatstroke on this hike, so be careful and stay hydrated. I would recommend not attempting it on a hot day, and definitely not with kids or dogs. Nevertheless, I love this trail. I like climbing to the top of the third sister because the view from there is so spectacular. The trail is possible without the ropes, but it does help.
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6/26/2010
This hike would be moderately strenuous if you could do an Iron Man. Other than that consider it strenuous for most people. Consider this you drop 500 feet in about 1000 feet, one section you scale a rope to get down and from there it doesn't get any easier getting up to the falls. There's poison oak everywhere, I don't typically get poison oak and I was pretty careful and I still got some on the back of my leg. It was about 80 degrees when I went and I would not suggest going when it's much hotter. Bring plenty of water. You wouldn't think you need much on a short hike like this but I went through 1.5L and I generally carry 2L just to be safe. Note: The guide says this trail is suitable for backpacking but there are much better places to backpack. Again unless you are Iron Man then I wouldn't consider this a good backpacking trip.
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6/25/2010
I do this jaunt with my dog almost every day. It's nice if you don't have time to go out to the beach or to one of the nicer parks but the wetland has kind of a funky smell to it.
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1/14/2009
I had a good walk here. Be sure to follow the directions for finding the trail carefully. It's actually to the left of the fence it seems it should be inside. Lots of birds, mostly egrets, coots, and ducks. The snails described in the write-up were less than remarkable, in my opinion, and nearly overlooked. Still a nice walk though. I decided to pick up litter on the way, and found very little, which was nice.
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6/20/2008
This hike is NO JOKE! "Moderately-Strenuous" is the very best you could call it. My boyfriend and I are avid and experienced hikers, but this trail mastered both of us, myself from heat-stroke and he with a severe ligament damage to his ankle. The worst part is that we finally made it to the shady flat creek bed, but I was so sick, that we never made it to the falls for a swim. We spent an unplanned overnight there on the canyon floor and hiked out early the next morning. By the time we made it to our car it was only 7:30am, but the temperature was already in the mid 90s. I wouldn't recommend going any later than the end of April and only if you are very very experienced.
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5/18/2008
Although this hike doesn't have a lot of length, it will still give you a good workout - and the waterfalls are awesome. It was 94 degrees at the start of the hike but the water at the end cooled us off perfectly. I prefer hikes that are more out of the way and this one fit the bill, however it will take you some time to get to the trailhead - 13 miles on Boulder Creek Road. Other than that, this hike was excellent. It's 90% downhill on the way ther
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Trail Information

Pine Grove
Nearby City
4
Distance
1,000 feet
Elevation Gain
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Moderate
Skill Level
3 hours
Duration
November through June
Season
Palomar Ranger District
Local Contacts
USGS Tule Springs
Local Maps