Hike to Trail Canyon Falls in Angeles National Forest

Embark on a captivating 4-4.5-mile journey through the Angeles National Forest to reach Trail Canyon Falls. This moderately challenging trek unfolds a picturesque landscape, guiding you alongside a babbling creek and through a verdant forest, culminating in the awe-inspiring sight of a 30-foot waterfall.

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Hiking Info

  • Trailhead location: 19600 N Trail Canyon Rd, Tujunga, CA 91042

  • Out and back 4 - 4.5 miles

  • Rated: Moderate

  • Elevation change: 700ft

  • Free Entry, Free Parking

  • No bathrooms at trailhead or along the trail

  • Leashed dogs are allowed on this trail

Note: Wear hiking shoes with good traction, Keen (Amazon) is one of my faves

When To Go

Los Angeles temperate weather means you can do this hike year round, but the waterfall can potentially be nothing but a trickle in the summer months. The best time to go in my opinion is after some good rain. We did this hike at the beginning of February and it was great, March or April could potentially be even better because all the spring flowers will be in bloom.

The Hike to Trail Canyon Falls

The trailhead can be found at the end of Trail Canyon Road, where you'll find a small dirt parking lot.

As you begin your hike, you'll immediately be greeted by the sound of the flowing creek and the refreshing shade of the forest. The first mile of the trail is relatively easy, with a gentle incline that gradually becomes steeper as you approach the falls.

As you continue on the trail, you'll be surrounded by oak and pine trees, and you'll cross the creek several times. Make sure to wear sturdy shoes that can handle some rocky terrain and bring plenty of water, as the trail can get hot and dry in the summer months

There’s a point in the trail when you start to climb, there’s a high drop off so make sure if you bring your dog they’re leashed.

Finally, after about two miles, you'll arrive at the beautiful Trail Canyon Falls. The waterfall cascades down a rocky face, surrounded by lush greenery, creating a picturesque scene that's perfect for a photo op. You can even climb up the rocks for a closer look, but be careful as they can be slippery.

If you're up for it, you can continue past the falls and explore more of the Angeles National Forest. The area is filled with hiking trails, including the popular Mount Wilson Trail, which offers breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains.

We went a little past the trail to see the view from above the waterfall. Make sure you have shoes with good traction especially in this area.

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The stream that feeds the waterfall has some great stone slabs if you want to bring a picnic or some snacks. Sit and bask in the sun!

Overall, hiking to Trail Canyon Falls is a fantastic way to spend a day surrounded by nature. It's a moderately challenging hike that offers beautiful scenery, a refreshing waterfall, and the opportunity to explore more of the Angeles National Forest. So grab your hiking boots, pack a lunch, and head out to Trail Canyon Falls for an unforgettable adventure!


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