Southern California Waterfalls may be one of the most surprising aspects about this part of California, which is better known for sunny weather, sandy beaches, cultural diversity, fine restaurants, Hollywood, and the list goes on and on.
Being Los Angeles residents, Julie and I have been fortunate enough to experience these very things that make the City of Angels as dynamic and vibrant as it is. Obviously, it’s quite easy to be occupied with anything but waterfalls, but believe it or not, it was the waterfalls that brought us closer to nature in our own backyard, and it even made us more aware of the many gems (both waterfalling and non-waterfalling) found in the Greater Los Angeles area.
In fact, most of the waterfalls that we’ve seen are reasonably within a day trip from where we live. 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. Really the only things holding us back from making these visits even more frequent would be the infamous LA traffic, the heat or amount of water, and the parking as most of the waterfalls are very popular attractions.
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 or staying in Los Angeles). At most, we might have to spend one night outside of LA before going home to get to some of the more far out waterfalls in the region.
Julie and I (as well as many members of our family) have seen so many waterfalls locally that we were able to compile a Top 10 Best Southern California Waterfalls list. We’re always keen to update it with more local waterfalling excursions so this list is by no means etched in stone.