For anybody looking for a short hike to a 100 ft waterfall, this is it. If you're trying to make a weekend out of it, there's a campground and a lake within walking distance from the falls.

...It's not often that you come across 100 ft waterfalls. This moderate to easy hike to Rose Valley Falls leads you to one of the tallest waterfalls in the Los Padres National Forest. The hike begins at Rose Valley Campground. If you're not staying at a campsite, park outside the entrance of the campground and follow the signs to the trail.

The lower tier of the falls from the start of the trail is roughly half a mile. The lower fall itself stands at about 100 ft., while the upper tier fall is close to 200 ft high. The second fall (which I didn't go to, but have heard much about) requires some steep uphill trekking. Whether you make the hike up or not, I hear it's well worth the visit. With recent rains and news about somebody falling to their death because of slippery/loose dirt and grave, I would advise taking proper precaution and go when conditions are right, or if you have the proper gear.

If you decide to scramble your way to the upper falls, follow the slightly trampled footpath to the left of the falls. From there follow the ridgeline up through the brush. Once there, catch your breath and embrace the stunning falls in sight. Then descend the way you came.

After you've taken your pictures and soaked in the sound of these majestic waterfalls, make your way back towards the campground. During the early months of the year through spring, you'll stumble across two other small 6-8 ft falls that are down by the creek. These can be seen from the main trailhead. Once done, crack open a beer and relax at the nearby Rose Valley Lake. Happy Trails!

Pack List

  • Backpack
  • Snacks/water
  • Running/hiking shoes
  • Camera/tripod
  • Good vibes
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RT Distance 0.8 Miles
Elevation Gain 150 Feet
Activities Chillin, Photography, Hiking
Skill Level Beginner
Season Year Round
Trail Type Out-and-Back
Features
Adult Beverages
Bathrooms
Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Forest
Lake
Picnic Area
River
Scenic
Waterfall
Wildlife

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Quick and easy!

Definitely an easy stop if you're driving the 33. It's quick, and a cool sight! Be careful around the base, as it's slippery!


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