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

Jun 29, 2021

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1.4 Miles


~45 Min




Late Winter – Spring

Elevation Gain

285 Ft

You’ve probably seen the snowy top of Mount Baldy from a distance during the winter (at least, if you live in LA). The cool thing is, there’s a pretty outstanding waterfall that’s really close to Mount Baldy after the snow starts to melt! It’s a short hike to a roughly 75-foot waterfall.

Hiking San Antonio Falls is only 1.4-miles long, roundtrip. The hike features a 3-tier waterfall that is around 75 feet tall. The best times to hike this trail are in the late winter to spring months. This is an easy, child and dog-friendly hike. The total elevation is over 6,000 ft. 

Map of San Antonio Falls Trail

Directions & Parking

For directions to the trailhead and parking area, click here.

I parked along Mount Baldy Rd near the Manker Flat Campground, which has plenty of spots for dozens of cars. However, be aware that it might get busy on the weekends.

The Short Hike Begins

I came to San Antonio Falls in early June and was pleasantly surprised to see a little decent flow.

A majority of the trail consists of walking along this paved road, known as Falls Rd.

There isn’t much shade and it can get pretty warm. I suggest bringing some shorts, a hat, and sunscreen!

The views here are just beautiful!

You’ll see a small dirt road on the left, but don’t take it. It leads to the cabins. Stick to the paved road.

There’s a little viewpoint here that allows you to see the 3 tiers of the waterfall.

Getting to the waterfall requires a bit of balance and rock scrambling.

A closer look!

Only 0.6 miles from the trailhead, we made it to San Antonio Falls!

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There was a nice refreshing stream, which I was glad to see.

Another angle, but you can’t see those other tiers once at the bottom.

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I will most definitely be back when there’s some snow and snow-melt since that means the waterfall will be ROARING!

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We’re Monica and Phillip. Just like you, we share a passion for the outdoors and our beautiful state of California. After many years of exploring amazing and hidden places, we thought we’d share them with you! We hope this blog shows you tons of new CA adventures!