Cottonwood Creek Falls Trail

Pine Valley, California

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Upon entering the canyon, the creek assumes a splendid mantle. A lovely wooded arbor sits streamside in the open lower reaches. As the trail progresses upward into an eroded desert chasm, pools appear like oases in this parched and arid landscape. Reeds and other wetland plants grow in and around the larger basins. Gentle cascades have formed all along the stream as it trickles down from the higher elevations of the Laguna Mountains. Some of the falls reach heights of 10 feet or higher.

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"Upon entering the canyon, the creek assumes a splendid mantle. A lovely wooded arbor sits streamside in the open lower reaches. As the trail progresses upward into an eroded desert chasm, pools appear like oases in this parched and arid landscape. Reeds and other wetland plants grow in and around the larger basins. Gentle cascades have formed all along the stream as it trickles down from the higher elevations of the Laguna Mountains. Some of the falls reach heights of 10 feet or higher."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Pine Valley
Distance: 2
Elevation Gain: 450 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 1 hour
Season: Late fall to early summer
Trailhead Elevation: 4,425 feet
Top Elevation: 4,450 feet
Local Contacts: Cleveland National Forest
Local Maps: USGS Descanso

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Jun 2018