The Big List of Southern California Waterfalls

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I have wrote extensively on my favorite hikes here, but this list is of the lesser known amazing waterfalls that are really all over Southern California. When I tell people this, they always tell me they had no idea, and that is what I am looking to fix. Even if you don’t like hiking, who doesn’t like walking to a beautiful waterfall on a nice Southern California spring day. Here are my favorite, but really there are a ton more in Southern California, I would check out the resources at the bottom for some more. All of the links under the pictures should show you how to get to each one of the falls (half of the links point to other sites, if you like hiking you should be following most of them already).

Escondido Falls

Escondido waterfall

Read about Escondido Falls here

Sturtevant Falls

Sturtevant Falls Instagram

Read about Sturtevant Falls here

Big Falls

Big falls forest falls

Read about Big Falls here

Heart Rock Falls

heart rock waterfall

Read about Heart Rock Falls here

Etiwanda Falls

Etiwanda Falls 14

Read about Etiwanda Falls here

Sapphire Falls

View of Sapphire Falls

Read about Sapphire Falls here

Bonita Falls

Bonita Falls

Read about Bonita Falls here

The Three Sisters

three sisters falls

Read about Three Sisters Falls here (also the image credit is from there)

Fish Canyon Falls

Fish Canyon Falls 18

Read more about Fish Canyon Falls here

San Antonio Falls

San Antonio Falls

Read about it here.

Tahquitz Canyon Falls

Tahquiz Falls

Read about Tahquitz Canyon Fall here.

Cedar Creek Falls

Read more about Cedar Creek Falls here (also image credit)

Falls Canyon Falls

Falls Canyon Falls

Shout out to WalkSimply for this one.

Holy Jim Falls

Holy Jim Falls

Read about Holy Jim Falls here.

Tenaja Falls

Tenaja Falls 14

Read about Tenaja Falls here.

Trail Canyon Falls

Read more about Trail Canyon Falls here (also image credit)

Monrovia Canyon Falls

Monrovia canyon

Read more about Monrovia Canyon Falls here and here

Eaton Canyon Falls

Read more about Eaton Canyon Falls here (Also Image Credit)

Solstice Canyon Falls

solstice canyon falls

Read more about Solstice Canyon Falls here.

Hermit Falls

Read more about Hermit Falls here (Also Image Credit)

Switzer Falls

Read more about Switzer Falls here. (Also Image Credit)

Chiquito Falls

Read more about Chiquito Falls here. (Also Image Credit)

Resources for more waterfalls

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  • http://twitter.com/GoExploreNature Debi Huang

    Waterfalls make a great destination when hiking with kids. Thanks for putting together this comprehensive list. Hoping to check out one (or more) with the kids this spring.

    • http://californiathroughmylens.com/ Josh

      They make a great destination for big kids like myself as well haha. Glad you like the list! Let me know which one you end up check out

  • http://twitter.com/CoupleofTravels Christina

    Thanks for the mention! I lived in San Diego for 6 years and never did Cedar Creek..when I went to go, it was closed because a kid died there jumping off the rocks. Maybe I’ll go next time I visit!

    • http://californiathroughmylens.com/ Josh

      No problem, I want to get down the three sisters falls one of these days, it looks awesome!

  • Traci Lehman

    Wow! This is a really BIG list! :) Thanks for the shout out!. I will take me years to hit all these.

  • http://twitter.com/TheSoCalHiker Jeff Hester

    Great list, but you left out Chiquito Falls! http://socalhiker.net/2011/03/chiquito-falls-trail/

    • http://californiathroughmylens.com/ Josh

      Thanks for the update! I added it in

  • Bikram

    Thanks for nice post.
    http://www.waterfalldayspa.com.au/

  • George Ranks

    There is another really great waterfall just past Bonita Falls called Third Stream Falls. No one ever seems to list it, but its one of my favorite in Southern California.

    http://southcaladventures.blogspot.com/2012/04/third-stream-falls.html?q=lytle+creek

    • http://californiathroughmylens.com/ Josh

      Thanks George that looks like an awesome one!

  • Matt

    Forgot about the best keep secret falls in OC. Blackstar Canyon Falls.

    • http://californiathroughmylens.com/ Josh

      Ya, that is one of the best waterfalls, however it is hard to recommend as it hasn’t had good water flow for years with all the droughts!

  • Ashley Ann

    Aztec Falls Lake Arrowhead

    • http://californiathroughmylens.com/ Josh

      Thanks for the comment, I will have to check it out!

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