Hike to Aztec Falls

Orange County Splinters Cabin Day Use Area

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Cool off in one of Southern California's most popular swimming holes! A short hike from the trailhead, you'll find a waterfall with plenty of cliffs and rocks for jumping. 

From Lake Arrowhead, take the 173 to Hook Creek Road until you dead end onto Squint Ranch Road. Take a right at the first fork in the road, and park in the lot for Splinters Cabin. The dirt road can be a bit rocky and might not be the best for small cars. Once you're there, be sure to display your Adventure Pass in your car. 

Take the trail and follow the creek until you see a bridge. You'll have to cross that bridge and continue along the ridge until you see a rock with a spray-painted blue arrow pointing downwards towards Aztec Falls. The trail is not very well marked, but chances are there will be plenty of people there to help you find it. It's best to visit this spot on a hot day because the water is very chilly!

Warning: This spot can be a bit crowded and some careless folks have left trash behind, so if you're looking for serenity, this may not be the best place for you. However the hike is nice and the scenery is beautiful! Remember to pack out what you brought in.  

Pack List

  • Water
  • Swim suit & Towel
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Beverages and Snacks
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How to Get There

about 2 months ago

Perfect Swimming Hole

We LOVE this place! Bringing the kids to play is so awesome. The Hike Out To The Falls Is Easy And My 3 Year Old Can So It All By Herself, Its When You Get To Separate Trail Leading Down The The Falls (there's A Rock With A Blue Arrow Spray Painted So You Know Where The Falls Are) But Anyways, That Little Trail Is What Takes The Longest And Is The Hardest Part. We Have To Carry Both Kids Down As It's Incredibly Steep. But It's 100% Worth It!

about 2 months ago

about 1 year ago

Amazing

Beautiful hike with natural pools to go swimming in. Definitely going back!!

about 1 year ago

Added by Tori Marsh

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Activities:

Chillin, Photography, Swimming, Hiking

Skill Level:

Beginner

Season:

Spring, Summer, Autumn

Trail Type:

Out-and-Back

Distance:

1.2 Miles

Rating:

Features:

Forest
Groups
River
Scenic
Waterfall
Cliff Jumping
Swimming Hole

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