San Antonio Falls: Short Hike to 75-Foot Waterfall in LA

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Distance 

1.4 Miles

Time

~45 Min

Difficulty

Easy

Season

Late Winter – Spring

Elevation Gain

285 Ft

Looking for an easy weekend adventure? Checkout 75 foot San Antonio Falls in the Angeles National Forest!

The trail at San Antonio Falls totals 1.4-miles roundtrip, and mostly consists of a concrete road leading hikers past beautiful pine trees, mountain cabins, and ending at a 3-tier cascade at the base of Mount Baldy. The best time to visit is in the late winter to spring months. Dogs are allowed, but must be on a leash. No restrooms are available at the trailhead. The trailhead begins at an elevation of 6,400 ft. Snow can be expected during the winter months.  

 

Map of San Antonio Falls Trail

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San Antonio Falls Directions & Parking

For directions to the trailhead click the link: 993 Falls Rd, Mt Baldy, CA 91759

This hike is extremely popular, so be sure to arrive extra early on weekends.

San Antonio Falls Hike

I came to San Antonio Falls (sometimes referred to as the Mt Baldy Waterfall) in early June and was pleasantly surprised to see a decent amount of water.

You will begin the hike by walking past the gate, and heading up a concrete road called Falls Rd.

Shade is scarce, and the temperature can get pretty warm, so I suggest bringing some shorts, a hat, and sunscreen!

Everywhere you look there is a sea of pine trees and breathtaking views.

When you arrive at the first fork, stay on Falls Rd. The road to the left is a driveway leading down to privately owned cabins.

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Before switching from Falls Rd to a dirt trail, you will notice a wall made of short vertical logs.

This area is an overlook that offers a view of all three waterfall tiers, the surrounding canyon, and the creek. It’ll be the best view the hike has to offer.

Hop over to the dirt trail. This is the only somewhat difficult section of the hike.

It’s a bit steep and the dirt is loose, but once you make it past this section, it’ll be smooth sailing.

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Almost there!

After trekking only 0.6 miles from the trailhead, you’ve made it to San Antonio Falls!

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The crystal clear water is pleasantly refreshing, and the mountain breeze feels amazing. Everywhere you look you’re surrounded by pine trees and canyon walls.

Take a moment to soak it all in.

Update: I visited San Antonio Falls on Nov 9, 2022 a day after it snowed. Needless to say, I was blown away.

San Antonio Falls Snow

San Antonio Falls Snow

San Antonio Falls Snow

For those who crave more adventure, there is a way to get up to the top tiers, but I’ll let you figure that one out yourselves as it’s not very difficult 😉

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FAQ

Can you swim at San Antonio Falls? 

No, there is no swimming hole deep enough to swim.

How is San Antonio Falls rated?

It’s rated a 4.5 stars from 56 Yelp reviews.

Is San Antonio good for kids? 

Yes this hike is easy enough for kids.

Does San Antonio Falls have an overlook? 

Yes, there is a section of the trail that overlooks the waterfall.

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