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Escondido Falls, California


How to get to Escondido Falls in Malibu 

We are off for another chasing waterfalls adventure. This time around we're driving to the famous Malibu area in search of a well- known waterfall. The Escondido falls are considered the highest waterfalls in the Santa Monica Mountains. Let's go!


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How to get there:
Location: Escondido Canyon Trail, Malibu, CA 90265
Entrance fee: Free
Parking: Two options 1.Free street parking along PCH 1 near the park entrance with a sign that says "Winding Way Trail to Escondido Falls" or 2. drive through the sign and park inside for 8 USD.

Route: via Edward Albert Escondido Canyon Trail and Waterfall
Distance: 3.8 miles (back and forth)
Duration: 3 - 4 hours (back and forth, depending on pace)
Highlights: First-tier or Lower Escondido Falls: 50-foot tall waterfall
                 Second Tier or Upper Escondido Falls: 150-foot tall waterfall 


This is the sign that leads to the trail. Stay on the side as cars passed by here once in a while and it's a winding road too.

It's a residential area so expect a few big houses, a farm, and some fancy cars.

This is where the trail starts. 

Hiking the Escondido Canyon Trail to Lower Escondido Falls.

Do not follow the river instead walk through the river. 

If you find his small sign after passing through the river then you're on track.

Another river along the trail with a very entertaining tree.

We have all day long to play and besides this is our first hike of the year together.

My husband and I share the love of the outdoors. I'm lucky to find someone who has the same energy and enthusiasm for hiking.

A big tree after passing through the river.

Releasing the inner monkey in me, ahahaa. After hanging around in this tree we kept following the dirt road that leads to the waterfalls.

The water wasn't that strong that day plus it didn't rain that week.


This is the first-tier or the Lower Escondido Falls that features the 50-foot tall waterfall. If you're interested to head to the second Tier or Upper Escondido Falls to see the 150-foot tall waterfall then continue hiking, you'll see an uphill path that leads to the second tier around here. Make sure to wear proper footing as it gets slippery going uphill.


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Hiking tip: Invest in a small, lightweight day-use backpack. We love our Ubon backpack and no regrets.


Heading back was easy and breezy. Just follow the same trails.

We felt adventurous and decided to take a different trail heading back,  as we were told all trails lead back to the park exit.

It's a short hike and that's a good thing as we planned to do our grocery right after the hike. Make sure to hydrate and bring some snacks. Don't leave any trash behind and always clean up your mess.

I'm glad we did another path as we found another gigantic tree along the way.

Just another of pure fun and jumping around. 

I love this hike. It's a dirt road with not much elevation so great for beginners. The great thing about it is that it's not that far from us from the Valley of Los Angeles and it's always a pleasure driving in PCH 1 or the Pacific Coast Highway. 

Cross all the rivers and find your way back to civilization.


Have fun and be safe ^__^


Itinerary Reminders:

1. Flight Details
Make sure to write down your booking reference number, be at the airport two hours before your flight, and allocate time for your travel to the airport.

2. Accommodation Details
Write down your hotel/motel/resort/BnB booking number. Contact your place to inform them around when you'll be arriving — it really does help.  Also, ask if your accommodation has any discounted activities.  You'd be surprised!

3a. Transportation
List possible times your bus/train/boat arrives and leaves so you don't miss an activity.  Always give yourself an extra 30-45 minutes in case you get lost, get stuck in traffic, or are looking for parking.  Better early than late.  Of utmost importance: check for the last trip and fares!  So you still have time and money to get back.

3b. Car Rentals
Take note of your pick-up address and time allotted.  Our last car rental told us to bring the car back by a certain time with a certain amount of gas.  Allot money for fuel and parking.

4. Budgeting
Set aside a minimum and maximum spending amount for meals, transportation, entrance fees, activities, souvenirs, and emergencies.  3 meals a day + snacks add up quickly, so keep track!  As well as tips for restaurants and activities.

5. Activities
Call to confirm your booking(s) a day or so beforehand.  Set alarms and/or calendar reminders for things you plan to do (i.e- bungee-jumping, river-rafting, or even city/food tours).


Do you want more adventure?
If you still have one more day to spare why not go to Potato Chip Rock of San Diego, California.

Where am I going next?
I'm staying safe by staying home. Flashback travel memory to my birthday trip in Seattle, Washington. A wonderful weekend getaway to the Seaport City of the USA.


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