Hiking trails in LA: The best hikes with waterfalls

Looking for hiking trails in LA? Head outdoors after a rainy day and experience these five hikes with waterfalls.

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    Hiking trails in LA: Paradise Falls in Wildwood Park

  • Photograph: Victor Leung

    Hiking trails in LA: Paradise Falls in Wildwood Park

  • Photograph: Victor Leung

    Hiking trails in LA: Paradise Falls in Wildwood Park

  • Photograph: Victor Leung

    Hiking trails in LA: Paradise Falls in Wildwood Park

  • Photograph: Victor Leung

    Hiking trails in LA: Paradise Falls in Wildwood Park

  • Photograph: Victor Leung

    Hiking trails in LA: Paradise Falls in Wildwood Park

  • Photograph: Victor Leung

    Hiking trails in LA: Paradise Falls in Wildwood Park

  • Photograph: Victor Leung

    Hiking trails in LA: Paradise Falls in Wildwood Park

  • Photograph: Victor Leung

    Hiking trails in LA: Paradise Falls in Wildwood Park

  • Photograph: Victor Leung

    Hiking trails in LA: Paradise Falls in Wildwood Park

  • Photograph: Victor Leung

    Hiking trails in LA: Paradise Falls in Wildwood Park

  • Photograph: Victor Leung

    Hiking trails in LA: Paradise Falls in Wildwood Park

  • Photograph: Victor Leung

    Hiking trails in LA: Paradise Falls in Wildwood Park

  • Photograph: Victor Leung

    Hiking trails in LA: Paradise Falls in Wildwood Park

  • Photograph: Victor Leung

    Hiking trails in LA: Paradise Falls in Wildwood Park

  • Photograph: Victor Leung

    Hiking trails in LA: Paradise Falls in Wildwood Park

  • Photograph: Victor Leung

    Hiking trails in LA: Paradise Falls in Wildwood Park

  • Photograph: Victor Leung

    Hiking trails in LA: Paradise Falls in Wildwood Park

Photograph: Victor Leung

Hiking trails in LA: Paradise Falls in Wildwood Park

Paradise Falls in Wildwood Park, Thousand Oaks


The trail system in Wildwood Park is almost an embarrassment of riches, with four different paths diverging out from the Avenida de los Arboles entrance. Choose the Moonridge Trail for a sunny walk through scrub plains that might look familiar if you were a fan of Disney Westerns (like the classic Davy Crockett) from the ’50s and ’60s. After close to a mile, Moonridge Trail intersects with the Tepee Trail; turn left there and a few steps will bring you to a recreated tepee and a view of the Arroyo Conejo canyon. From there, it’s just a quarter mile to Paradise Falls, a dramatic 40-foot cascade that’s impressive even in the dry season. Resist the urge to swim here—the water’s not too clean—instead, have lunch and catch the Wildwood Canyon Trail to head back to the entrance. You’ll be able to satisfy your yen to explore when you hit the Indian Cave Trail in half a mile. At the end of this very brief detour is a cave—a tunnel through the rocks that’s large enough to walk through. Park officials believe it was used by Chumash Indians. The last stretch of your journey follows Indian Creek Trail, an excellent path for bird-spotting, especially during migration season.

Paradise Falls

Address: 928 W Avenida de los Arboles

Trailhead: Clearly marked, just west of the parking lot on Avenida de los Arboles. Trail maps are available here.

Pets? Dogs allowed on leashes

Length: ~2.2 miles

Time: 60 mins


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john
john

great story about water falls in LA. Here's a link to photos of a couple more great falls in LA http://smu.gs/13M8Pxz

plaidbus
plaidbus

Why on earth would you publicly blab about this place? There goes the neighborhood. I shall expect the spray paint any day now. Thanks so much...

plaidbus
plaidbus

Why on earth would you publicly blab about this place? There goes the neighborhood. I shall expect the spray paint any day now. Thanks so much...

plaidbus
plaidbus

Why on earth would you publicly blab about this place? There goes the neighborhood. I shall expect the spray paint any day now. Thanks so much...

plaidbus
plaidbus

Why on earth would you publicly blab about this place? There goes the neighborhood. I shall expect the spray paint any day now. Thanks so much...

plaidbus
plaidbus

Why on earth would you publicly blab about this place? There goes the neighborhood. I shall expect the spray paint any day now. Thanks so much...

beef
beef

Damn you. Escondido is already overrun with people now that Yelp came along. And now it will be trashed!

rew
rew

Definitely a relaxing spot for lunch and a little dip =) The observatory is also a wonderful place to stop for a few if you have the grit for a weekend hike more than a few miles. Razorback trail is an established trail, but it is most definitely not for children or anyone inexperienced with rock climbing; the average death toll on Razorback in one per month. The waterfalls beyond are beautiful and deep enough for diving, and you'll find yourself practically alone on a day up there.

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