Lewis Falls Trail: 50-Foot Breathtaking Waterfall

Mar 4, 2021

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Distance 

1.1 Miles

Time

~30 Min

Difficulty

Moderate

Season

All Year

Elevation Gain

360 Ft

Lewis Falls Trail via Soldier Creek is a 1.1-mile round trip hike featuring a 50-foot waterfall in the San Gabriel Mountains, near Azusa. It’s rated as a moderately difficult, out and back trail with an elevation gain of 360 feet. It’s accessible throughout the year, with limited parking space. 

 

Map of Lewis Falls Trail

 

Directions and Parking

Lewis Falls is located at State Rte 39, Azusa, CA 91702

 

Gear I Used on This Hike

Nalgene Tritan BPA-Free Wide-Mouth Water Bottle

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Hike to Lewis Falls

 

I came to Lewis Falls on a breezy, Saturday morning in late February. Although the weather was a bit chilly, the sun was shining bright. It was going to be a wonderful hike to the falls.

Now, the thing about the Lewis Falls trail is that it’s an unmarked trailhead. This is where the trail begins. 

I passed this boarded-up cabin that surprisingly had some signs pointing to the trail.

Does this cabin belong to anyone? Who knows. Whoever lived here had an amazing waterfall in their backyard!

This hike has lots of shady trees, making it perfect during the warmer months.

It really felt like I was away from civilization, which I definitely didn’t mind. 

There were multiple fallen trees, like the one below. The winds we got earlier in the month were strong enough to tear down such hefty, century-old trees. 

I did a bit of ducking and climbing along the way, which made the adventure more fun. 

It almost looked like a tornado hit this place.

Here’s a picture of the creek with some of the small waterfalls. You’ll spot these along the way as you get closer to the big one!

The hardest part of the hike is right by the waterfall. I had to carefully climb up some rocks. 

After that, there’s a steep ascent and then descend to the creek crossing. I didn’t want to risk sliding down, so I walked along the creek and got my shoes wet. 

Crossing the logs on the creek is also a bit tricky. I highly recommend bringing sturdy shoes with a grip and trekking poles. Trust me, I learned my lesson. 

With the help of my trekking poles, I was able to safely cross. 

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After some minor difficulties, I was in front of this roaring, 50-foot waterfall!

Here’s another angle of the beautiful Lewis Falls. 

For a waterfall hike in February, it didn’t disappoint!

Lewis Falls is one of the few waterfalls in the San Gabriel Mountains that flow almost all year long. The shady trail makes it an ideal hike for warmer weather.

The footpath to Lewis Falls can be quite challenging for beginners, but short and oh-so-worth it.

Just be sure to bring the right gear and you’ll be set to go on this next adventure!

Detour to a Small 2-Tier Waterfall

After taking in the beauty of Lewis Falls and feeling the fresh mist splashing down, I decided to take a little detour. 

I heard what sounded like another small rush of water, so I went into the trees and found this tiered waterfall! 

It looks very tiny, but it’s pretty big in person. 

You can access it right before you get back to the trailhead entrance, passing the cabin. It’ll be to your right. You can hear the sound of the 12-15 ft falls. 

It was the perfect ending to a very fun hike!

Hungry After the Hike?

Crystal Lake Cafe

You can catch a meal after the Lewis Falls trail at the historic Crystal Lake Cafe. This cafe is located at the end of Hwy 39 on 9877 N. Crystal Lake Road Azusa, CA.

There’s an outdoor patio area that lets you take in that fresh, crisp mountain air. 

They serve up some awesome food such as hearty chili, nachos, sandwiches, and more. Want dessert after? They have delicious banana bread and brownies!

After eating at the cafe, you can walk around to look at the cabins and a small amphitheater that’s nearby. 

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