Trail Canyon Falls: Plus Seasonal Waterfall

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  • Total Miles: 4.54
  • Time: 2.5 Hrs
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Best Season: Spring
  • Elevation Gain: 1067 Ft
  • Max Elevation: 2481 Ft
  • Type of Trail: Out & Back
  • Parking Lot: Fits ≈ 20 cars
  • Dogs: Allowed On A Leash
  • Restrooms: Not Available
  • Trail Popularity: High
  • Pics Taken On: Jan 24, 2022

Looking for an adventure? Check out Trail Canyon Falls in Angeles National Forest. This amazing hike is LITTERED with seasonal waterfalls, which you can enjoy if you know when to visit (I’ll let you know the right time if you’re not sure). 

Trail Canyon Falls is a 40-foot waterfall located in Tujunga. The 4.5 mile round trip trail weaves its way from the canyon floor and up through the hills multiple times before reaching the majestic falls. There are no restrooms, and dogs must be on a leash. Parking is allowed in the designated area and on the road. There is very little graffiti on this hike.

Trail Canyon Falls is one of the most popular trails in LA county. To view all of LA’s best trails which include enormous cascades, abandoned places, and epic views, click the links below:

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Map of Trail Canyon Falls

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Click the link to be redirected to the Trail Canyon Falls parking lot via Google Maps: Trail Canyon Trail Parking

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Hiking Trail Canyon Falls

The trail begins at a tiny dirt parking lot, with a dirt road quickly ascending into the hill and across the first crossing of the beautiful Golden Creek.  

This same dirt road requires walking through private property, so please be very respectful. 

The locals are not shy when it comes to letting taggers know how they feel about graffiti! Lol, It’s the local’s willingness to protect our mountains that make this trail feel safer than most. 

Many thank you’s to the cabin owners on our behalf. 

trail canyon falls

After passing Gold Canyon (did abandoned mines also come to your mind?) the dirt road begins to ascend into the hills once more, but this time as a single track. 

Shortly thereafter, we ran into the first seasonal waterfall. It was located to the right side of the path and measured about 20 ft in height. It was the first of many.  

I can’t even imagine how beautiful this trail must be when all of the falls are flowing. However, waterfalls are not the only attractions the hike has to offer. 

As the single track looped around the edge of the hill, a short little detour offered a stunning view of the dirt roads and the creek below, with the mountain ranges precipitously surrounding the private properties. 

Once again, the trail fuses into the canyon floor, where you’ll notice some abandoned and rusted items. One of which is a wheelbarrow. 

I don’t know how long they’ve been there, but it seems like it’s been quite a while. 

This next section will require a few creek crossings as you make your way through the popular White Alder and Western Sycamore trees.  

The crossings aren’t as difficult as the ones at Eaton Canyon, but if your balance isn’t too great, take a pair of trekking poles. 

About halfway through the hike, you’ll find a picnic table under the forest canopy. The way the light shined through the trees made me feel like I was in a mountain paradise. 

I promised you multiple seasonal waterfalls, and I intend to deliver. Here are the second falls which you can access by taking a very short detour that I pointed out on the map. 

The waterfall is about 25 feet high. If you look closely, you can see the water towards the top barely trickling down. 

After making this awesome find, the trail began to ascend into the hills once more where we quickly ran into the third amazing waterfall. This one clearly had more water than the previous two. 

It stood at about 30 feet and even had a tiny pool at its base. The trail literally runs right over it and continues to ascend. 

trail canyon falls seasonal waterfalll

This is now the last section of the trail before scrambling back down to the canyon floor. It also has the steepest ledges, so watch your step. 

As the trail loops around the hill, you’ll notice a giant 150 ft beast of a waterfall across the canyon. It’s the most stunning of all the falls. 

In my opinion, if it had more water it’d be the main attraction. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find a name for it. 

trail canyon falls seasonal waterfall

As you begin to approach the main waterfall, the trail comes to a fork. 

trail canyon falls

If you go left, you’ll be led to a large granite flat area above the falls. The trail continues up the canyon to Tom Lucas Trail camp, and even further away, Condor Peak. 

If you go right, you’ll come to a section that requires climbing down a short (about 15 ft) but steep and loose part of the trail to get to the base of the falls.  

Luckily, someone left a rope there for the rest of us. It looks very sketchy, but it’s doable for most people. 

And finally, you have reached your destination. The 40 foot Trail Canyon Falls. 

trail canyon falls

trail canyon falls

If you visit later in the day, you’ll witness the awesome beauty of the surrounding mountain ranges glimmering with the golden light of the evening.  

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