Escondido Falls

Santa Monica, California 90408

Escondido Falls

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"The multi-tiered, 150-foot-tall Escondido Falls is the tallest waterfall in the Santa Monica Mountains. Although its level of watery majesty is subject to the whims of precipitation, the hike to the falls is a reliably lovely trek through a shaded canyon with an opportunity for some tough scrambling and even climbing for the more adventurous types."

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Best Easy Day Hikes: West Los Angeles (Falcon Guides)
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"This trail winds its way past towering Malibu mansions and through Escondido Canyon, roughly following the creek. After 2 delightfully flat miles, the trail ends at a tranquil travertine rock pool at the base of a 50-foot waterfall." Read more

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8/25/2018
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3/24/2013
NIce easy hike. The falls was barely a dribble, but the hike there was beautiful.
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4/3/2011
This is by far my favorite trail in the Santa Monica Mountains, but you have to catch it at the right time of year. The waterfalls (there are two) were amazing thanks to an abundance of rain this winter. The hike is relatively easy at first, but gets a bit more strenuous as you approach the larger waterfall (the 2nd one). If you wish to climb to the top of the falls be prepared to squeeze into some tight spaces, but the view is definitely worth skipping a morning donut.
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3/21/2009
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8/5/2007
This is a really lovely hike up the valley of a nice canyon in Malibu. The views of the ocean during the first part of the hike which weaves through an area of lovely homes is breathtaking and the canyon itself is shaded almost the whole way by Costal Oak. Doing the hike in August has its drawbacks as the creek is not at full force. The creek crossings are more trickle crossing, although my hiking partner did manage to fall in and the water fall was far from raging. However, the end point of the hike at the falls was still lovely with water falling into a little pool and nice places to sit and repose. There must be a bit of sulfur in the spring as there was a pervasive rotten egg smell. My only real complaint was that this hike took much less time than stated, an hour and a half at most, but otherwise a really lovely time and I would bet winter and spring would provide a much more aggressive waterfall.
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5/28/2006
i really enjoyed this hike. take the time to go and experience it for yourself.
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7/31/2005
The trail was a easy one all the way. We crossed a couple of creeks but they were easy ones. We even ran into a big rat but it seemed to be really friendly. It wanted to follow us as we passed him. Once to the waterfall it was like something you would not think you would see here close by. We could all so see another waterfall up a little higher from where we were. You have to take this hike it was a good one!
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Trail Information

Santa Monica
Nearby City
Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly
Accessibility
3.6
Distance
204 feet
Elevation Gain
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Easy to Moderate
Skill Level
4-5 hours
Duration
Year-round
Season
Waterfalls
Features
Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy
Local Contacts
USGS Point Dume
Local Maps

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Dec 2018