Escondido Falls

Santa Monica, California

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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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"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."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Santa Monica
Distance: 4.2
Elevation Gain: 300 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy to Moderate
Duration: 2 hours
Season: Year-round
Local Maps: USGS Point Dume

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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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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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