Sycamore Canyon Falls

Santa Monica Mountains / Pt Mugu State Park, California, USA

About Sycamore Canyon Falls


Hiking Distance: 3 miles round trip
Suggested Time: 90 minutes

Date first visited: 2002-01-01
Date last visited: 2019-06-01

Waterfall Latitude: 34.14132
Waterfall Longitude: -118.94678

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Sycamore Canyon Falls (also called Rancho Sierra Vista Falls) sits in Point Mugu State Park, which itself resides in the Santa Monica Mountains on the Thousand Oaks side.

Each time we’ve visited this falls, we’ve found it to be quite a popular (read: crowded) attraction.

Sycamore_Canyon_Falls_026_01242010 - Sycamore Canyon Falls
Sycamore Canyon Falls

I’d speculate that the reason for the popularity of this excursion was due to the presence of other attractions in the area.

Such attractions included the Satwiwa Native American Natural Area, nice panoramic views of the rock-exposed Boney Mountain as well as views towards the Hidden Valley basin, and wildflower sightings with the odd wildlife sighting as well.

As for the waterfall, it cascaded in multiple tiers for a cumulative height of around 50ft to 75ft.

Admittedly, these are figures that I just pulled out of my gut.

Sycamore_Canyon_Falls_039_06012019 - The Satwiwa Native American Culture Center near the trail leading to Sycamore Canyon Falls
The Satwiwa Native American Culture Center near the trail leading to Sycamore Canyon Falls

We also saw numerous people scramble up the slippery rocks alongside Sycamore Canyon Falls to its top.

So this waterfall certainly had no shortage of distractions as well as somewhat of a fun factor.

Timing Sycamore Canyon Falls

Sycamore Canyon Falls was also a waterfall that had a bit of a temperamental behavior when it came to its flow.

Therefore, an optimal experience with the falls required some degree of timing.

Sycamore_Canyon_Falls_133_06012019 - Sycamore Canyon Falls in low flow as we showed up late in the season in June 2019 despite it being a wet year
Sycamore Canyon Falls in low flow as we showed up late in the season in June 2019 despite it being a wet year

Thus, to maximize the enjoyment of this waterfall, we’d want to time our visit for maximal flow.

The first time we visited the falls was during New Years Day during a dry winter (around the 2002 time frame) so obviously we were disappointed that it was hardly flowing.

The second time we made a visit, it occurred shortly after a Winter storm in late January and the falls had nice flow.

The third time we came to Sycamore Canyon Falls, it occurred late in the season in early June on a high rainfall year, but the falls definitely had seen better days.

Sycamore_Canyon_Falls_019_01242010 - Lots of people at Sycamore Canyon Falls when it had good flow back in January 2010
Lots of people at Sycamore Canyon Falls when it had good flow back in January 2010

So I guess given these experiences, we speculate that the falls would be at its most impressive after sustained rainfall likely in late Winter or early Spring.

In addition to the flow, we also realized that photographing this waterfall would be best done in the afternoon.

That’s because our experiences have demonstrated that we looked against the morning sun when we tried to beat the crowds by showing up early.

Hiking to Sycamore Canyon Falls

The hike to Sycamore Canyon Falls used to be as little as 2.4 miles round trip.

Sycamore_Canyon_Falls_050_06012019 - Julie hiking amongst the many criss-crossing trails leading closer to Sycamore Canyon Falls
Julie hiking amongst the many criss-crossing trails leading closer to Sycamore Canyon Falls

However, that was probably back when it was easier to drive closer to the Satwiwa Cultural Center at the heart of Rancho Sierra Vista.

Over the years, we’ve found that a more realistic hiking distance was more like 3 miles round trip.

Each time we’ve done this hike, we generally took between 90 minutes to 2.5 hours depending on how often we made stops.

We easily could have walked more than this distance as it was easy to get sidetracked and take longer than expected.

Sycamore_Canyon_Falls_039_01242010 - Panorama looking back towards Newbury Park with snow in the mountains of the Sespe Wilderness in the distance as seen from a hike where we started and ended from the Wendy Trail
Panorama looking back towards Newbury Park with snow in the mountains of the Sespe Wilderness in the distance as seen from a hike where we started and ended from the Wendy Trail

Indeed, there were many criss-crossing trails with opportunities to go on detours or side excursions.

So we’ll just focus on a couple of routes that we were familiar with – the Satwiwa Loop Approach and the Wendy Trail Approach.

Sycamore Canyon Falls Trail Description – the Satwiwa Loop Approach

The Satwiwa Loop Approach to Sycamore Canyon Falls started from the main parking lot (see directions below).

Over the years, it appeared that the park authorities had made the old Potrero Road approach specific for handicap and park employee access.

Sycamore_Canyon_Falls_015_06012019 - Julie on the flower-fringed trail leading from the main parking lot to the Satwiwa Native American Culture Center
Julie on the flower-fringed trail leading from the main parking lot to the Satwiwa Native American Culture Center

Therefore, the main parking lot became the de facto starting point for most people.

So I’d imagine this would be the most common approach to reach the Sycamore Canyon Falls.

From this parking lot, we hiked for about 0.4 miles along a flower-fringed wide path (shared with mountain bikers) as it eventually joined up with the Big Sycamore Canyon Trail.

The Big Sycamore Canyon Trail was paved near the vicinity of the Satwiwa Native American Indian Culture Center and Chumash Demonstration Village (where the round hay shelter was).

Sycamore_Canyon_Falls_038_06012019 - Julie approaching the Satwiwa Culture Center and Chumash Demonstration Village
Julie approaching the Satwiwa Culture Center and Chumash Demonstration Village

At Satwiwa, there were numerous trails that could easily take us in the wrong direction.

So generally, if we cross the bridge to go through the Chumash Demonstration Village and past a pond to our right, then we’d look to veer to the right at a fork around a quarter-mile beyond the village.

This would lead us on another quarter-mile path to a junction with the Danielson Fire Road.

Conversely, there was a more direct trail to the junction with the Danielson Fire Road that didn’t pass through Satwiwa and was skirting the other side of the pond, but that was less obvious to pursue until we returned from the falls.

Sycamore_Canyon_Falls_071_06012019 - Looking back towards the direct trail from the Danielson Fire Road, which made me realize that it would be the shortest way back to the Satwiwa Culture Center from here
Looking back towards the direct trail from the Danielson Fire Road, which made me realize that it would be the shortest way back to the Satwiwa Culture Center from here

I would guess that the distance saved by going the direct route would be almost negligible (maybe 0.1-mile).

Sycamore Canyon Falls Trail Descripition – hiking from the junction by Danielson Road to the waterfall

From the trail junction with the Danielson Fire Road, the trail started climbing in earnest as it started to skirt the northern rim of Big Sycamore Canyon.

Along this ascent, we had attractive views into Sycamore Canyon.

The trail also revealed more wildflowers as it continued generally uphill towards the upper reaches of the canyon itself.

Sycamore_Canyon_Falls_079_06012019 - The bench overlooking Sycamore Canyon along Danielson Road
The bench overlooking Sycamore Canyon along Danielson Road

After about 0.1-mile from the junctions and past the bench overlooking Sycamore Canyon, we reached a fork in the trail.

At this fork, the path on the left was the Hidden Valley Overlook Trail while the right on the right continued along Sycamore Canyon to the Sycamore Canyon Falls.

Anyways, taking the lower trail on the right to continue on Danielson Road, we’d eventually enter the canyon itself.

As the trail descended somewhat, it joined up with the Upper Sycamore Canyon Trail in another half-mile.

Sycamore_Canyon_Falls_088_06012019 - Approaching the trail junction between the Hidden Valley Overlook Trail (left) and Waterfall Trail (right)
Approaching the trail junction between the Hidden Valley Overlook Trail (left) and Waterfall Trail (right)

By this time, the trail skirted alongside the seasonal creek responsible for Sycamore Canyon.

We then found ourselves in a lush area flanked by burnt trees (from several past fires) as well as more wildflowers in bloom.

After crossing the creek, the trail continued ascending for another 0.2 miles before reaching another junction.

We kept left at the junction to continue on the Waterfall Spur to go the final 0.1-mile to the base of Sycamore Canyon Falls.

Sycamore_Canyon_Falls_100_06012019 - Danielson Road followed the northern contour of Sycamore Canyon before eventually entering the canyon itself
Danielson Road followed the northern contour of Sycamore Canyon before eventually entering the canyon itself

The switchback on the right would continue uphill deeper into Pt Mugu State Park on the Old Boney Trail.

Once at Sycamore Canyon Falls, we had the choice of just enjoying the views or scrambling higher up the cascading waterfall in an effort to see its uppermost tiers.

Although many people do the steep scramble to the waterfall’s hidden uppermost tiers, there was definitely an element of danger.

That’s because a slip-and-fall here along with poison oak exposure could ruin a visit.

Sycamore_Canyon_Falls_126_06012019 - Scrambling around the small stair-stepping tiers of Sycamore Canyon Falls
Scrambling around the small stair-stepping tiers of Sycamore Canyon Falls

Personally, I wouldn’t recommend that kids to do the scramble to the top as they may not know the danger they would be putting themselves in.

Anyways, the waterfall itself featured small tiers with pools that often had salamanders or water bugs in them.

So it was a suitable place to relax and enjoy one of the Santa Monica Mountains’ more dramatic waterfalls.

After having our fill of the falls, we returned the way we came though there were many options on which return route to take.

Sycamore_Canyon_Falls_152_06012019 - This was the uppermost tier of Sycamore Canyon Falls that I was able to reach
This was the uppermost tier of Sycamore Canyon Falls that I was able to reach

That said, to minimize the confusion, I’d generally return the way we came, but there would be nothing to stop us from extending the hike into a longer loop by using some of the other trails.

Sycamore Canyon Falls Trail Description – the Wendy Trail Approach to the falls

The Wendy Trail approach to Sycamore Canyon Falls involved starting the hike from the spillover parking area near the residences along Potrero Road near Wendy Drive (see directions below).

Since this was the directions described in Ann Marie Brown’s book, this had been our favored approach.

From the unpaved shoulder parking area along Potrero Road, we took the Wendy Trail, which started across Potrero Road from Wendy Drive.

Sycamore_Canyon_Falls_001_01242010 - The Wendy Trail Approach to Sycamore Canyon Falls from Potrero Road, which started opposite some church (not pictured)
The Wendy Trail Approach to Sycamore Canyon Falls from Potrero Road, which started opposite some church (not pictured)

The Wendy Trail was a multi-use trail (i.e. they allowed mountain bikers) that ultimately would lead near the Satwiwa Native American Indian Culture Center in another 3/4-mile or so.

That said, we had a choice of hiking paths – keeping right to go towards Satwiwa Culture Center, or keeping left onto the Windmill Trail.

On the way to the Satwiwa Culture Center, the Wendy-Satwiwa Connector to the Lower Satwiwa Loop Trail would ultimately lead us another 0.6 miles to the Danielson Road.

Danielson Road was the trail skirting the contours of Big Sycamore Canyon.

Sycamore_Canyon_Falls_049_01242010 - Looking towards a weather vane or 'windmill' along the Wendy Trail en route to Sycamore Canyon Falls
Looking towards a weather vane or ‘windmill’ along the Wendy Trail en route to Sycamore Canyon Falls

On the other hand, the Windmill Trail led past an old weather vane (i.e. the “windmill”) next to some kind of water tank.

This trail climbed on the foothills offering views back across the valley.

On one of our visits, we used this trail to get nice views towards rare snow-capped mountains of the Sespe Wilderness in the distance.

Anyways, the Windmill Trail ultimately led back to the Danielson Road near the Satwiwa Loop Trail junction (probably another 0.2-mile longer than the direct Lower Satwiwa Trail route).

Sycamore_Canyon_Falls_045_01242010 - Looking back at the context of Newbury Park and Satwiwa in the distance from the Windmill Trail en route to the Wendy Trailhead as we were returning from Sycamore Canyon Falls
Looking back at the context of Newbury Park and Satwiwa in the distance from the Windmill Trail en route to the Wendy Trailhead as we were returning from Sycamore Canyon Falls

In any case, once we were on Danielson Road, the trail then veered to the east as it climbed and followed the contour of Sycamore Canyon as described earlier.

The remainder of the hike to the waterfall was on the order of about 3/4-mile one-way.

Authorities

Sycamore Canyon Falls resides in Pt Mugu State Park, but it’s also within the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area near Newbury Park in Ventury County, California. It is administered by the National Park Service. For information or inquiries about this area as well as current conditions, visit the NPS website.

Sycamore_Canyon_Falls_012_06012019 - Julie starting the hike from the main parking lot towards the Satwiwa Culture Center while flanked by beautiful wildflowers in a superbloom during our June 2019 visit
Sycamore_Canyon_Falls_018_06012019 - Lots of wildflowers (mostly invasive black mustards) flanking the main trail during our June 2019 visit to Sycamore Canyon Falls
Sycamore_Canyon_Falls_021_06012019 - We were surprised to still see California poppies during our June 2019 visit to Sycamore Canyon Falls
Sycamore_Canyon_Falls_025_06012019 - More interesting wildflowers seen during our June 2019 visit to Sycamore Canyon Falls
Sycamore_Canyon_Falls_026_06012019 - Julie sharing the short trail from the main parking lot to the Satwiwa Culture Center with mountain bikers during our June 2019 visit to Sycamore Canyon Falls
Sycamore_Canyon_Falls_033_06012019 - We managed to see quite a few rabbits or hares during our June 2019 visit to Sycamore Canyon Falls
Sycamore_Canyon_Falls_035_06012019 - Approaching the bridge leaving Big Sycamore Canyon Trail (paved) and heading towards the Satwiwa Culture Center and Chumash Demonstration Village
Sycamore_Canyon_Falls_043_06012019 - The Chumash Demonstration Village as seen during our June 2019 visit to Sycamore Canyon Falls
Sycamore_Canyon_Falls_046_06012019 - Another rabbit seen during our June 2019 visit to Sycamore Canyon Falls
Sycamore_Canyon_Falls_048_06012019 - Looking towards a stagnant pond while hiking between the Satwiwa Culture Center and the Danielson Fire Road junction during our June 2019 visit to Sycamore Canyon Falls
Sycamore_Canyon_Falls_049_06012019 - More wildflowers seen along the Satwiwa Loop Trail during our June 2019 visit to Sycamore Canyon Falls
Sycamore_Canyon_Falls_059_06012019 - Apparently there were large bee swarms around so the park service set up these indicators to steer clear of the hive during our June 2019 visit to Sycamore Canyon Falls
Sycamore_Canyon_Falls_061_06012019 - Julie eventually finding her way onto the Satwiwa Connector Trail en route to the Danielson Fire Road, which was the key landmark to pursue the Sycamore Canyon Falls during our June 2019 visit
Sycamore_Canyon_Falls_070_06012019 - Julie hiking through this path flanked by interesting plants along the way to the Danielson Fire Road junction en route to Sycamore Canyon Falls in June 2019
Sycamore_Canyon_Falls_074_06012019 - Julie ascending the Danielson Fire Road along the contours of Big Sycamore Canyon en route to the Sycamore Canyon Falls during our June 2019 visit
Sycamore_Canyon_Falls_076_06012019 - Looking back at the trail junctions from the Danielson Fire Road as we ascended further towards Sycamore Canyon Falls in our June 2019 visit
Sycamore_Canyon_Falls_081_06012019 - Ascending Danielson Road as we hiked along the northern contour of Sycamore Canyon during our June 2019 visit
Sycamore_Canyon_Falls_084_06012019 - Looking down across Sycamore Canyon towards someone hiking on the Upper Sycamore Canyon Trail
Sycamore_Canyon_Falls_085_06012019 - Continuing the ascent along the Danielson Road en route to Sycamore Canyon Falls during our June 2019 visit
Sycamore_Canyon_Falls_086_06012019 - Looking back at the context of the Danielson Fire Road and Big Sycamore Canyon en route to the Sycamore Canyon Falls during our June 2019 visit
Sycamore_Canyon_Falls_094_06012019 - Julie hiking on the Waterfall Trail still following the Sycamore Canyon's contours en route to the Sycamore Canyon Falls during our June 2010 visit
Sycamore_Canyon_Falls_097_06012019 - Still more wildflowers that we saw along Danielson Road en route to Sycamore Canyon Falls in June 2019
Sycamore_Canyon_Falls_104_06012019 - As we got deeper along Sycamore Canyon, it started closing in just as the trail was descending towards its lush interior as seen in June 2019
Sycamore_Canyon_Falls_108_06012019 - Still more interesting wildflowers seen during our June 2019 visit to Sycamore Canyon Falls
Sycamore_Canyon_Falls_110_06012019 - Looking up at some denuded and blackened trees that I'd imagine must have been burnt during the Woolsey Fire in late 2018 (or from a different Springs Fire in 2013). This was seen during our Sycamore Canyon Falls hike in June 2019
Sycamore_Canyon_Falls_112_06012019 - Julie entering the lush confines of Sycamore Canyon as the Old Boney Trail joined up with Upper Sycamore Canyon Trail
Sycamore_Canyon_Falls_113_06012019 - Still more interesting wildflowers seen during our June 2019 visit to Sycamore Canyon Falls
Sycamore_Canyon_Falls_116_06012019 - Walking along the seasonal creek within Sycamore Canyon en route to the waterfall in June 2019
Sycamore_Canyon_Falls_121_06012019 - Julie looking at the trail climbing up to continue the Old Boney Trail, but we didn't take that trail. Instead, we kept pursuing Sycamore Canyon Falls during our June 2019 hike
Sycamore_Canyon_Falls_123_06012019 - Julie continuing towards the Waterfall Spur Trail to Sycamore Canyon Falls on our June 2019 visit
Sycamore_Canyon_Falls_125_06012019 - Julie negotiating a little bit of rock scrambling near Sycamore Canyon Falls during our June 2019 visit
Sycamore_Canyon_Falls_127_06012019 - Finally back at Sycamore Canyon Falls in early June 2019
Sycamore_Canyon_Falls_139_06012019 - Looking up towards the top of Sycamore Canyon Falls during our June 2019 visit
Sycamore_Canyon_Falls_142_06012019 - Looking down at other scramblers carefully making their way back down the steep terrain alongside Sycamore Canyon Falls during our June 2019 visit
Sycamore_Canyon_Falls_144_06012019 - Closer look at one of the uppermost tiers of Sycamore Canyon Falls as seen on our June 2019 visit
Sycamore_Canyon_Falls_145_06012019 - This was one of the upper tiers of Sycamore Canyon Falls that I encountered though continuing further up from here required even more tricky scrambling during our June 2019 visit
Sycamore_Canyon_Falls_147_06012019 - This was the uppermost of the Sycamore Canyon Falls that I pursued during our June 2019 visit
Sycamore_Canyon_Falls_158_06012019 - Context of the highest part of Sycamore Canyon Falls that I was able to scramble to during our June 2019 visit
Sycamore_Canyon_Falls_163_06012019 - The cliff on the left was the precarious part that I clung onto in order to reach the uppermost part of Sycamore Canyon Falls during our June 2019 visit
Sycamore_Canyon_Falls_170_06012019 - Last look back up at Sycamore Canyon Falls before we headed back on our June 2019 hike
Sycamore_Canyon_Falls_175_06012019 - Looking back at a couple of people who have scrambled to the top of Sycamore Canyon Falls during our June 2019 visit
Sycamore_Canyon_Falls_182_06012019 - Still more wildflowers seen during our June 2019 visit to Sycamore Canyon Falls
Sycamore_Canyon_Falls_185_06012019 - There was definitely no shortage of wildflowers seen during our June 2019 visit to Sycamore Canyon Falls
Sycamore_Canyon_Falls_187_06012019 - Julie crossing the creek on our return hike from Sycamore Canyon Falls in June 2019
Sycamore_Canyon_Falls_191_06012019 - I think this was a trail junction where the narrower and more overgrown path on the left would have descended on the opposite side of Sycamore Canyon than the way we came from on the right during our June 2019 visit
Sycamore_Canyon_Falls_195_06012019 - Looking into Sycamore Canyon as we were returning from Sycamore Canyon Falls in June 2019
Sycamore_Canyon_Falls_209_06012019 - Julie descending along the Danielson Road en route to the trailhead after having our fill of Sycamore Canyon Falls in June 2019
Sycamore_Canyon_Falls_214_06012019 - Returning on the shortest trail back to Satwiwa after having left the Danielson Road on our Sycamore Canyon Falls return hike in June 2019
Sycamore_Canyon_Falls_224_06012019 - Julie descending on the direct trail that we should have taken earlier on as we were approaching Satwiwa Culture Center to wrap up our June 2019 visit to Sycamore Canyon Falls
Sycamore_Canyon_Falls_228_06012019 - Yet another rabbit we spotted on the main trail as we were returning to the main parking lot to conclude our Sycamore Canyon Falls hike in June 2019
Sycamore_Canyon_Falls_234_06012019 - Julie finally returning to the main parking lot to end off our June 2019 visit to Sycamore Canyon Falls
Sycamore_Canyon_Falls_003_01242010 - Given the saturation rains that lasted a week prior to us hiking to Sycamore Canyon Falls in late January 2010, we could see why the Wendy Trail was muddy. By the way, this photo and the rest of the photos from this gallery came from that visit
Sycamore_Canyon_Falls_005_01242010 - Looking back towards snow-topped mountains over residences near Newbury Park that we were leaving behind en route to Sycamore Canyon Falls in June 2010
Sycamore_Canyon_Falls_007_01242010 - Some Native American structures that I believed was part of the Satwiwa Native American Natural Area as seen during our January 2010 visit to Sycamore Canyon Falls via the Wendy Trail
Sycamore_Canyon_Falls_008_01242010 - The pair of bridges fronting the Satwiwa Native American Indian Natural Area as seen in January 2010
Sycamore_Canyon_Falls_010_01242010 - Entering Point Mugu State Park along the multi-use Wendy Trail en route to Sycamore Canyon Falls in January 2010
Sycamore_Canyon_Falls_012_01242010 - On our January 2010 visit, we took the Boney Mountain Trail to Sycamore Canyon Falls, which involved a bit more climbing than some of the more popular routes to reach Sycamore Canyon Falls.  I recalled on our first visit back in early 2002, we were on the other side of the creek, which I believe was part of the Upper Sycamore Canyon Trail
Sycamore_Canyon_Falls_013_01242010 - Looking towards some protruding rocks on mountaintops with interesting shapes during our January 2010 hike to Sycamore Canyon Falls.  I believe this mountain was called Boney Mountain
Sycamore_Canyon_Falls_015_01242010 - The trail we took in January 2010 then entered the Boney Mountain State Wilderness at Danielson Road en route to Sycamore Canyon Falls
Sycamore_Canyon_Falls_017_01242010 - Mom (with Julie up ahead) crossing the creek en route to Sycamore Canyon Falls in January 2010
Sycamore_Canyon_Falls_029_01242010 - Lots of people climbing to the top of the Sycamore Canyon Falls during our January 2010 visit
Sycamore_Canyon_Falls_038_01242010 - We weren't kidding when we said Sycamore Canyon Falls was popular. This was shot during our January 2010 visit
Sycamore_Canyon_Falls_041_01242010 - Nice panoramas of the Hidden Valley basin along the Old Boney Trail section as we returned from Sycamore Canyon Falls during our January 2010 visit
Sycamore_Canyon_Falls_043_01242010 - Panoramic view back towards Rancho Sierra Vista / Satwiwa from the Danielson Road during our January 2010 visit to Sycamore Canyon Falls
Sycamore_Canyon_Falls_046_01242010 - A coyote on the prowl for gophers or rabbits, which we saw on the return hike from Sycamore Canyon Falls in January 2010
Sycamore_Canyon_Falls_003_scanned_01012002 - How the falls looked the last time we visited back in the 2001-2002 timeframe

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Sycamore Canyon Falls sat on the western side of the Santa Monica Mountains near the cities of Thousand Oaks, Malibu, Oxnard, and Camarillo.

It’s roughly an hours drive (without traffic) west of downtown Los Angeles along the US101 Freeway.

Sycamore_Canyon_Falls_001_06012019 - Driving into the main parking lot closest to the Satwiwa Culture Center and Chumash Demonstration Village (roughly 1/4-mile away from here)
Driving into the main parking lot closest to the Satwiwa Culture Center and Chumash Demonstration Village (roughly 1/4-mile away from here)

There were many approaches after leaving the US101 in Thousand Oaks.

Perhaps the most direct approach would be to leave the US101 at Lynn Road, and then turn left and follow Lynn Road for about 5 miles to Via Goleta Rd.

From there, we’d turn left onto the main park road and take it to the main parking lot.

Overall, this drive would take around 90-120 minutes from downtown Los Angeles depending on traffic.

Sycamore_Canyon_Falls_011_06012019 - The main parking lot for Rancho Sierra Vista / Satwiwa
The main parking lot for Rancho Sierra Vista / Satwiwa

Alternatively, we’ve taken the US101 west towards Newbury Park getting off at Wendy Drive exit.

Then, we’d take Wendy Drive south towards Potrero Road.

Note that we could have also taken the Lynn Road exit and followed it for 3.8 miles towards Wendy Drive before turning left and heading to Potrero Road.

Anyways, along Potrero Road, there were extensive unpaved shoulder parking around the three-way intersection with Wendy Drive.

Sycamore_Canyon_Falls_050_01242010 - Mom and Julie approaching Potrero Road and residences as we were about to conclude our January 2010 hike where we took the Wendy Trail approach
Mom and Julie approaching Potrero Road and residences as we were about to conclude our January 2010 hike where we took the Wendy Trail approach

This was the so-called spillover parking area (if the main parking lot was too full).

That said, we’ve tended to use this trailhead for a more panoramic alternate hiking approach (described earlier) along a combination of Wendy Trail and/or Windmill Trail.

Bottom up sweep of the main part of the waterfall before panning downstream along the waterfall's trajectory


Back and forth sweep near the top of the waterfall


Back and forth sweep of the uppermost drop of the falls and surrounds

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