Big Falls Professional Reviews and Guides
"Big Falls is an 80-foot cataract in the isolated Santa Lucia Wilderness north of Lopez Lake. The trail follows Big Falls Creek up the wooded canyon, crossing and recrossing the creek. Along the way is an impressive 40-foot double waterfall over limestone rock. At the top and base of this lower falls are beautiful pools."
--Robert Stone, Day Hikes in San Luis Obispo County, California (Day Hike Books).
"This short, pleasant day hike leads to a beautiful cascading creek in the South Coast Ranges. The Santa Lucia Wilderness lies near the southern end of the Santa Lucia Range east of San Luis Obispo. Few trails penetrate into this small but rugged wild area. Due to the dense chaparral that blankets the hillsides, off-trail travel is generally impossible. The trail up Big Falls Canyon penetrates a major westward-flowing tributary of Lopez Canyon and ascends to the crest of the range. The many large, deep pools in this canyon host a healthy population of small trout, although fishing is poor. Newts are also commonly seen in portions of the creek."
--Ron Adkison, Hiking Southern California (Falcon Guides).
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