Escondido Falls- The Elusive Upper Falls

by Evan Castillo and Jason Schwartz
(Yorba Linda, California)

Upper Escondido Falls

Upper Escondido Falls

This hike is in Malibu and is on the website but the pictures don't exactly show the REAL Escondido Falls. From the lower falls you start on a rough trail that requires some moderate climbing or scurrying up the path of steep rocks and dirt. It's nothing to dangerous though, even borderline easy. Shortly you find yourself at the bottom of a beautiful 200 ft cliff with 3 tiers that the water drops off into a small pond. This is a VERY UNIQUE looking waterfall and is definitely worthy of the Southern California section of the website.

In Malibu drive north on Pacific Coast Highway. Turn right onto Winding Way and park in the lot immediately to the left. You can't park anywhere but there because it is a private street and parking is not allowed. You walk up the street .8 miles and find the trail on your left. Once you hit the creek at the very beginning, make a left and stay on the trail until you hit the lower falls. The path to the upper falls begins on the right side of the pond.

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Mar 21, 2010
Other route to the falls
by: Anonymous

Does anyone know:
Can Escondido Falls be accessed from the Northeast i.e. from the direction of Latigo Cyn Rd where it branches off into Calico Rd?

Feb 16, 2009
Looks Like We Missed Out
by: World of Waterfalls

I figured someone out there would show what the upper falls would look like up close.

My mother and I made the scramble and weren't successful as the steep and muddy trail (it had rained the previous night) made it rather difficult. We got as high as the graffiti on the rocks just above the rope-assisted climb in the gully, but from there, it looked like we had to go through some pools to go further and we didn't feel like wading in water for it.

I wonder if this was the case for you guys or if we took a wrong turn.

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