Waterfalls of Southern California (Los Angeles, San Diego, Santa Barbara)


View Larger Map


Southern California is known for sunny weather, sandy beaches, cultural diversity, fine restaurants, Hollywood, and the list goes on and on...

Obviously, you can be occupied with any number of these things whether you live here or you're just visiting. However, this area has its share of nature and waterfalls to provide the perfect excuse to get away from the city and take a hike.

This area has waterfalls that are reasonably within a day trip from most of the greater Los Angeles area. We've been to many of these waterfalls as short half-day or full day trips on a Saturday or Sunday when we feel we needed some exercise or a break from our hectic big city lives.

This section encompasses waterfalls found as far north as Santa Barbara County, as far south as San Diego County, and as far east as San Bernardino County. Even though we're covering a lot of real estate here, like I said earlier, you'll find that a vast majority of them can be seen in a day (if you're from Los Angeles).

Want to see what our favorite waterfalls in this region are? We've compiled a Top 10 Best Southern California Waterfalls list!




[Back to top]

WATERFALLS

Click on the waterfalls below to read more about them.

Eaton Canyon Falls

2 Eaton Canyon Falls

Altadena / Pasadena
Trail Canyon Falls

2 Trail Canyon Falls

near Sunland / Angeles National Forest
Millard Falls

1.5 Millard Falls

near Pasadena / Angeles National Forest
Monrovia Canyon Falls

1.5 Monrovia Canyon Falls

Monrovia
Sturtevant Falls

2 Sturtevant Falls

near Arcadia / Angeles National Forest
Paradise Falls

2 Paradise Falls (Wildwood Falls)

Wildwood Park / Thousand Oaks
Switzer Falls

1.5 Switzer Falls

La Canada Flintridge / Angeles National Forest
Cooper Canyon Falls

1.5 Cooper Canyon Falls

Buckhorn Campground / Angeles National Forest
Solstice Canyon Falls

1 Solstice Canyon Falls

Malibu / Santa Monica Mountains
Sycamore Canyon Falls

1.5 Sycamore Canyon Falls

Malibu / Santa Monica Mountains
Soldier Falls

1.5 Soldier Creek Falls

Crystal Lake / Angeles National Forest
San Antonio Falls

2.5 San Antonio Falls

Mt Baldy / Angeles National Forest
Heart Rock Falls

2 Heart Rock Falls

near Crestline
Big Falls

3 Big Falls

Forest Falls / San Bernardino Mountains
Rose Valley Falls

2 Rose Valley Falls

near Ojai / Los Padres National Forest
Kitchen Creek Falls

2 Kitchen Creek Falls

Boulder Oaks / Cleveland National Forest
Cedar Creek Falls

2.5 Cedar Creek Falls

near Julian / Cleveland National Forest
Mildred Falls

1 Mildred Falls

near Julian / Cleveland National Forest
Escondido Falls

2.5 Escondido Falls

Malibu / Santa Monica Mountains
A dry La Jolla Canyon Falls

0.5 La Jolla Canyon Falls

Malibu / Santa Monica Mountains
Nojoqui Falls

2 Nojoqui Falls

near Solvang / Santa Barbara County
Tangerine Falls (West Fork Cold Springs Falls)

2 Tangerine Falls (West Fork Cold Springs Falls)

near Santa Barbara / Los Padres National Forest
Tenaja Falls

1.5 Tenaja Falls

near Lake Elsinore / Cleveland National Forest
Ortega Falls

1 Ortega Falls

near Lake Elsinore / Cleveland National Forest
Holy Jim Falls

1 Holy Jim Falls

near Lake Forest / Cleveland National Forest
Newton Canyon Falls

1 Newton Canyon Falls

Malibu / Santa Monica Mountains
Temescal Canyon Falls

0.5 Temescal Canyon Falls

Pacific Palisades / Santa Monica Mountains
Fish Canyon Falls

3 Fish Canyon Falls

near Irwindale / Angeles National Forest
Hermit Falls

1.5 Hermit Falls

near Arcadia / Angeles National Forest
Tahquitz Falls

2 Tahquitz Falls

Palm Springs / Agua Caliente Indian Reservation
Bonita Falls

2 Bonita Falls

Rancho Cucamonga / San Bernardino National Forest


Have comments (or would like to read other people's comments) about the waterfalls in this region? Click here

Or have comments (or would like to read other people's comments) about a particular waterfall in this region? Click here





[Back to top]

[Go to the California Page]


[Return from Southern California Waterfalls to the World of Waterfalls Home Page]





FOLLOW US ON:   Facebook   Twitter
If you like this page,
you might also like...

Southern California's Top 10 Waterfalls
Southern California's
Top 10

Featured Visitor Stories
or Comments


A Wet Day
First, thanks for this cool website its nice to know about hidden gems in our backyard. We went on May 24th, 2008 and had the pleasure of seeing a running stream all the way...[more]


Moon Walking & Rock Slides
We would climb up the falls along the crevice to the left of the falls all the way up then over to the chute to the left of the falls and run down the gravel chute...[more]


CMarie (Upper Escondido Falls)
This hike is AMAZING! I was happy going through this trail with a few friends as it was quite pretty. The road up is a long one and there were...[more]


Burney Falls - Burney, California
Glad to know there are waterfall lovers like myself. I am enjoying the website. I thought I would post to you a picture of a waterfall in California that is...[more]


Three Sisters Waterfall - San Diego, CA
I was so surprised not to see the Three Sisters Waterfall in Descanso, CA (San Diego County) on your list & then remembered it's a fairly well kept secret...[more]


Heart Rock Falls
I absolutely loved the scenery of this whole hike and destination. It was very confusing to get there and we had to make a few U-Turns, but it was definitely worth...[more]


Blackstar Canyon - Hidden Falls of Orange County
About a year ago, I was given a newspaper article describing these hidden falls in Orange County. The article itself did not specify the exact location, so I did some hunting online...[more]


Emerald Falls (near Fillmore, CA)
Here is what I can only assume is called "Emerald Falls" just north of Filmore in Southern California. (In Los Padres National Forest) I think it is hands down...[more]