Explore the Harding Falls Trail

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The Harding Falls Trail is a 6.4 mile hike easily accessible from Orange County for experienced hikers looking for some solitude and scenic views.

The Harding Falls Trail is perfect for hikers seeking seclusion. The lot provides free parking, with plenty of spaces available throughout the day. 

The first few miles feature a descent into the canyon on a defined trail out in the open. The way back up is a decent incline in the sun! Once you get yourself into the shaded regions of the hike you will have about a mile and a half left to go. This part is the technical portion as you wind your way up a creek bed. Nothing too scary, but poles are your best friend here. Watch for poison oak and snakes! 

The waterfall slows to a trickle unless there have been recent rains, but the scenic views and small water pools make for a refreshing and enjoyable hike. 

Photos: Nacher NerdVinh Tran, and Edward


6.4 Miles RT

Elevation Gain

1141 ft Gain




Fitness, Chillin, Running, Hiking

Easy Parking
Swimming Hole

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Hard-ing Falls.

Tough hike but not crowded. Full of poison oak!

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