Hike to Escondido Falls
Los Angeles › Winding Way
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- This is a partially paved, well worn 3.8-mile out and back hike
- Take in Upper and Lower Escondido falls to enjoy 200 feet tiered of waterfall
- Get the camera ready and shoot a few keepers of the falls
- Duration: 2-3 hours
This 3.8 mile out-and-back hike takes place on a very easy to use trail. The first 0.75 miles on Winding Way are paved, leading you up to Escondido Canyon Trail. As you head up Winding Way, it’s safest to stay on the side of the road on the dirt. You’ll take this paved road up roughly 200 feet before descending into Escondido Canyon Park.
After a shaded mile in the park, you’ll arrive at lower Escondido Falls. This 50-foot waterfall is a great reward for the 1.75 miles you’ve hiked so far. If you’re up for it, upper Escondido Falls is a 150- foot fall. There’s a route to the right of the lower falls, which will help you make it to the upper falls. To get to the top is going to be a bit of a scramble so prepare yourself – make sure you’ve got the strong hiking shoes on. Also, be prepared for the slippery descent on the way down. There is a rope to help you up a very steep part of this 150 foot climb over 0.10 miles.
Once you’ve made it back down to the base, relax and enjoy yourself before heading back to the car.
After your hike, you can relax at the beach or consider hitting up Lily's. for a burrito to refuel.
Photo: Ezra Cherkis
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Worth It For The Hike
I was a little disappointed when I finally arrived at the "falls" and there was nothing but a giant mud puddle (my dogs loved it however). Although I will say that the hike was well worth it for the trail there was surrounded by beautiful trees and greenery. Plus, I'm always looking for new places to hike where I can bring my dogs and this was a great trail for that.
Look for the Rope Swing!
A nice simple hike that is greatly shaded. Look for the rope swing along the trail on the right side. If your'e lucky you may even get the guy playing his guitar in the canyon. It's a beautiful sound as it echoes all around you.
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