Tenaja Falls High Trail

San Mateo Canyon Wilderness, California

Elevation Gain478ft
Trailhead Elevation1,184ft
Elevation Min/Max1184/1268ft
Elevation Start/End1184/1184ft

Tenaja Falls High Trail

Tenaja Falls High Trail is a hiking and horse trail in Riverside County, California. It is within San Mateo Canyon Wilderness. It is 0.6 miles long and begins at 1,184 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 1.2 miles with a total elevation gain of 478 feet. Near the end of the trail are information guideposts. This trail connects with the following: Tenaja Trail and Tenaja Falls Creekside Trail.

Tenaja Falls High Trail Professional Guides

Detailed Trail Descriptions from Our Guidebooks

Orange County: A Day Hiker's Guide (The Trailmaster)
John McKinney
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"When the Southland is blessed with a rainy, rainy season, Tenaja Falls spills over granite ramparts with great vigor. With five tiers and a drop of some 150 feet, it’s a large waterfall, particularly in comparison to other falls in the Santa Ana Mountains. Tenaja’s size is all the more a delightful surprise considering its locale: a rather dry section of the Cleveland National Forest near the boundary of Orange and Riverside counties. Some hikers claim Tenaja Falls is the most intriguing natural highlight of the national forest, and even in that crown jewel of the mountains— the San Mateo Canyon Wilderness."

Tenaja Falls High Trail Trip Reports

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Did this hike with my wife and 2 year old girl. was a great trip was a beautfull day and the waterfall was flowing great.

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Trail Information

San Mateo Canyon Wilderness
Nearby City
San Mateo Canyon Wilderness
Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly
Easy to Moderate
Skill Level
San Mateo Canyon Wilderness
Local Contacts
USGS 7.5-minute Sitton Peak
Local Maps

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