GOT-OC Hiking to a Trabuco Canyon Waterfall

OK folks, I think it's time we go check out one of the local waterfalls while it's still flowing.

 

 

 

 

 

Falls Canyon Waterfall is not as well known as Holy Jim Falls, but this one is twice as high at over 40 feet, and a lot easier to get to. Finding directions on the internet is not the easiest of things to get, but I gathered what information I could and went out searching over the Memorial Day weekend and managed to find it. I think It was well worth the effort. There are even rumors of Loch Ness Monsters,  mermaids and mermen in the shallow pool at the base of the falls.

 

Merman?

 

 

IMPORTANT STUFF TO READ--Because actual directions to the hiking area are difficult to convey, we will be meeting in the parking lot of Bigshots Billiards, which is why I have listed Bigshots as the location for this event. From there we will caravan/carpool out to Trabuco Canyon and begin our hike.

 

I am estimating that it will be about 3 hours total time from the time we leave Bigshots until we get back. So please be on time and ready to go at 8:30.

 

The actual hike itself will be just under 3 miles. We will be hiking a dirt road for about a mile until we turn off and follow a true trail thru the woods, across a stream a few times, over a couple boulders and fallen trees, and finally arriving at our destination. we will be going out the same way we came in. There is plenty of shade along the trail, not so much on the dirt road.  

 

MORE IMPORTANT STUFF TO READ-- The half mile of so into the falls is a series of rises, falls, and obstacles (nothing too difficult, but this is NOT a graded trail) that takes a little bit of work (you will use your hands to balance or navigate a few times), and it will feel like we went further than 3 miles once it all over.  There is the potential to get scratched up if you are not careful, and there is definitely spots with poison oak. As you can see from the Merman picture, I did wear jeans on the hike. Now that I have done it, I don't think I will wear jeans this next time, but I do advise long pants if you are worried about possibly getting scrapes, scratches, or poison oak.

 

I am not looking to kill anyone on these hikes - as far as you know. I'm just putting out the information so you can best determine how to dress. This is a fun little hike and it can be done in tennis shoes with no problems.

 

You do need to bring water and some sun protection. I would suggest you bring some bug spray as well, there are a few areas on the main road that it would be useful if you really hate having a few flying insects buzzing you.

 

Hope to see you out there exploring The OC with me.

 

 

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  • Masumi

    I really enjoyed the hike!

    June 19, 2012

  • Brenda

    Thanks! I always enjoy hikes with this group! Thanks for organizing.

    June 18, 2012

  • Lance

    Amazing pictures as usual, Brenda.

    June 18, 2012

  • Lance

    Awesome turnout! It was great to see so many new faces, as well as many of the regulars from my "Hiking Harem" as Tracy called it. Hope to see all of you out there many times in the future. I'm always open to suggestions if you have them, just email me.

    June 18, 2012

  • Mario Z.

    Thanks for organizing this Lance. Sorry we disappeared, we couldn't leave without hiking to the top of the falls.

    June 18, 2012

  • Kathy

    That was so awesome! Great group = great hike and other fun stuff too.

    June 18, 2012

  • Sima

    The best since I started, thanks Lance.

    June 18, 2012

  • Laura S

    Great hike, alot of new people joined our group. The word must be getting out how much fun we have. Thanks to our fearless leader, Lance, for putting together another great meetup!

    June 18, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Very comfortable hike & nice group of people. Very pretty little waterfall made the hike more interesting.

    June 18, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Had a blast on this hike!

    June 17, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    It was so much fun and to have 37 show up says how awesome this group is. Thanks Lance for all your efforts :)

    June 17, 2012

  • R. R.

    Awesome Hike! Thanks Lance!

    June 17, 2012

  • tam

    thank you Lance and crew for taking such good care of us on this adventurous hike.

    June 17, 2012

  • Jody S.

    This was a great hike. Thank you Lance for organizing it. I cant wait until the next one. :-)

    June 17, 2012

  • Teri

    This was a fantastic hike! Certainly the most challenging so far (for me), but worth every minute. Met new people and definitely felt part of the group. Lance - thanks so much for organizing these hikes :-)

    June 17, 2012

  • Brenda

    Wonderful hike with a great group! Thanks Lance!

    June 17, 2012

  • Lance

    It's looking like a pretty good turnout for this hike. PLEASE be on time, and don't forget your water, sun protection, and bug spray (if you choose). Plan on carpooling as much as we can because parking space is somewhat limited where we are parking. Call or text me at[masked] if you are lost or unsure, we are meeting in the parking lot of Bigshots and please don't park right in front of the business. See y'all tomorrow if I don't see you at the Irish Fair today.

    June 16, 2012

  • Lance

    Karen - Dogs are allowed on these trails, but I would prefer they not be brought along on this particular hike.

    June 14, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Do you know if this is a dog friendly trail?

    June 12, 2012

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