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Placerita Canyon to Waterfall Trail

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 4.3 (3) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

A 2.5 mile (one-way), trail leading to a nice waterfall.


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5.1

Miles

8.2

KM

Out and Back

2,110' 643 m

High

1,533' 467 m

Low

673' 205 m

Up

673' 205 m

Down

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

38%

Max Grade (21°)

Dogs Leashed

Features River/Creek · Waterfall

Family Friendly Easy grades to a waterfall

Overview

A nice hiking trail that leads from the Main Trailhead near the Nature Center in Placerita Canyon State Park to Los Pinetos Waterfall.

Need to Know

The Nature Center is closed on Mondays.

Description

From the Main Trailhead near the Nature Center, head east on Canyon Trail which follows Placerita Creek up the canyon. When the trail forks at around 1 mile, stay right to continue on Canyon Trail. Around 1.9 miles, near the end of Canyon Trail, there are two trails that branch off to the right heading south. Take the second right to head south on Waterfall Trail. This trail has a little bit steeper of a grade but not so much to make it difficult. Shaded by big cone spruce and coastal live oak, the trail winds up Los Pinetos Canyon. It ends at Los Pinetos Waterfall, a 15 foot tall seasonal waterfall (it flows about 8 months out of the year). After a nice rest, head back the way you came for a 5.1 mile round-trip hike.

Thanks to John McKinney, The Trailmaster, for sharing this trail description. To learn more about trails in California, check out his guides at The Trailmaster Store.

Flora & Fauna

Oak, sycamore, big cone spruce, big-leaf maple, coastal live oak.
Poison ivy is prominent.

History & Background

California's first gold rush was in Placerita Canyon in 1842.

The canyon has also been the set for many movies and TV shows.

Contacts

Shared By:

John McKinney

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Canyon Trail.
Aug 7, 2017 near Santa C…, CA
Standing Together: Wildflower pals in Placerita Canyon.
Aug 7, 2017 near Santa C…, CA
Goldilocks Rocks Wildflowers: aka Bidens Ferulifolia, growing amongst some rocks and loving the sunshine!
Aug 7, 2017 near San Fer…, CA
Canyon Trail
Aug 7, 2017 near Santa C…, CA
Canyon Trail
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