Malibu Waterfall Hike: Escondido Falls


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Did you know that there are waterfalls in Malibu named Escondido Falls? Effectively, from time to time there is, of course we are continually in a drought, but even when the water’s not a-flowin’, the falls are nonetheless truly entertaining to hike to, and gorgeous to see!

This post is not too long ago updated as of March 16, 2019 — It has been raining like crazy in LA so the the falls are at the moment-a-flowin’!! Bonus perk is that there’s also an epic Super Bloom going on (flowers and grass EVERYWHERE!), so undoubtedly do this hike ASAP!

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These hills on the hike are generally Usually brown, but appear how green they are proper now!!

Just to confirm, YES this hike is OPEN following the tragic Malibu Fires, which you can see remnants of along the pathway.

WARNING: The hike to the upper waterfall needs legit rock climbing (like with your hands), so be ready for that, and also Do not bring your dog unless it can scale a rock wall!

See beneath for a video of what Escondido Falls hike at the moment appears like and also behind the scenes footage of how I got the photo above!


Time: two-three hours based on your rock climbing capabilities and amusement for waterfalls

Distance: three.eight miles roundtrip

Bring: Hiking footwear, water, backpack (you require your hands for climbing), sunscreen, snacks

Finding There


From Los Angeles, it is about an hour based on the dreaded LA site visitors and your driving capabilities. Head west to the PCH (Highway 1), then head North. Preserve going previous Pepperdine, but do not pass Pointe Dume.

You must see a sign for Escondido Canyon on the proper exactly where there’s a parking lot you can park in, or street parking.


The Hike

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You have to stroll up a paved road for about .75 miles, which is not incredibly scenic unless you are into actual estate *Or unless it has rained not too long ago and there’s a Super Bloom. But you will quickly see the sign for the trail which goes by means of some forestry just before opening up to the hiking trail.

This is the straightforward component, with only a 150ft incline improve more than 1 mile.

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Reduced Waterfall Escondido Falls Malibu
No Water in 2017
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VS. Lots of Water in 2019

Soon after the straightforward component of the hike you will finish up in a cute small tropical clearing exactly where the reduced, 50ft waterfall is. There’s a small pool below it, and if you climb up the cliff, a truly fairly moss-covered nook you can (incredibly cautiously) step inside.

Mountain Climbing


The subsequent component is not so straightforward but it is a lot of entertaining. I was not conscious that the hike would call for me to climb up the mountain employing my hands, and at 1 point, a rope, but it was incredibly fascinating and fascinating. It is only a .15 mile climb, but you get 200ft of elevation just before you get to the base of the upper waterfall, which is 3 occasions as massive.


I accidentally went the incorrect way and ended up climbing greater, above the waterfall, just before realizing I had missed the turn to get to the base of it, but it produced for some breathtaking views of the whole mountain variety and waterfall beneath.

Upper Waterfall

This is above the upper waterfall...we accidentally climbed too high...
This is above the upper waterfall from above when in a drought

As I talked about, the waterfalls may possibly be dry if there hasn’t been any rain, but even dried up it was nonetheless gorgeous, and undoubtedly worth the climb to see it!

It would be a waterfall if there was any water...
It would be a waterfall if there was any water…(in 2017)
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Proper now there’s lots of water!
The only waterfall in LA is Escondido Falls in Malibu and right now it's flowing heavily! Here's how to do the Escondido Falls Malibu waterfall hike, and do it soon while there's still water!
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