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The Best Waterfall Hikes in Los Angeles

One of the amazing things about Los Angeles is the astounding nature it has all around. Step away from the hustle and bustle of the city and you can easily find a trail to wander. Clear your mind and self-reflect or invite friends, the choice is yours! With temperatures warming up, there’s really no better time to get out and explore.

LA has endless options of outdoor adventures, but here are 5 beautiful hikes that lead to waterfalls:

Eaton Canyon – Altadena

Just north of Pasadena you’ll find Eaton Canyon nestled in Altadena. This trail welcomes friends, families, and dogs alike. The hike is just 3 ½ miles with mostly flat ground, allowing everyone a good opportunity to talk and catch up along the way.

There is a bit of rocks as you get closer to the 40 foot waterfall, but it’s all worth it once you’re there! If you do chat on the way, be sure when you arrive at the waterfall to take a few minutes and just listen. Better yet, take a dip in the water before you make the trek back!

Hermit Falls – Arcadia

Maybe you’re looking for less of a hike, but lots of water? Head to the Angeles National Forest to Hermit Falls. You will be driving up the side of a mountain on a pretty windy road, but you end up hiking a lot less for this one. Also, if you’re scared of heights, let someone else do the driving part!

Now once you’ve parked, you’re one step closer to the waterfall! The coolest part is that on days where it isn’t too dry, you can easily jump into the water and take a nice swim. Some hikers even carry a cooler up with drinks and snacks for the day!

The Grotto – Malibu

The Grotto in Malibu was temporarily closed due to the wildfires for a while, but luckily the trail is open once again to hikers! Fair warning, pups are allowed to be on the trail, but are not allowed to climb the boulders which is necessary to get down to The Grotto. Hopefully you’re okay with leaving the pooch at home this one time though because this waterfall is too beautiful to skip!

At 2 ½ miles, this trail is a bit tricky, because there are two potential paths. Stay left when you see the open area, then continue until you see rocks, and you are on track. Climb the boulders and then, voila! You have arrived at The Grotto.



Trail Canyon Falls – Tujunga

Don’t let the San Gabriel Mountains deceive you, they hold a vast amount of wonderful waterfalls, if you are looking in the right places. Trail Canyon Falls is a 4 mile hike with plenty of shade, perfect for those days where the sun is beaming down a bit harsher than usual. Not only are you heading toward a 30 foot cascade, but you’ll be walking along Golden Creek most of the way. Pups are also welcome on this trail, just don’t forget the doggie bags, water and some treats!

Solstice Canyon Falls – Malibu

Okay, you’ve come this far but maybe the other hikes seem a little daunting? Not to fear, Solstice Canyon in Malibu can be the first stop on your exploration of the beautiful cascading waters of Los Angeles. At only 2.6 miles, this hike is one of the easier options, so don’t stress over what shoes to wear, because any will do!

You’re also welcome to bring your dog along and pack lunch because it’s a great spot for a picnic. Whatever you do, remember to stay hydrated and you will be A-okay!


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