A popular trail in Malibu, when I last hiked here in September the falls were dry. Now, after a winter of rain, I returned in hopes of seeing what all the fuss is about.
Distance: About 5 miles
Driving Directions: In Malibu, park in the free lot or on PCH at Winding Way East. It’s about 1.5 miles down the coast from Kanan Dume Rd. and Pacific Coast Highway, and about 4.5 miles up the coast from Malibu Canyon Rd. and Pacific Coast Highway, on the inland side.
The hillsides were covered with colorful wildflowers brought by the warmth of springtime.
There are several water crossings. It was pretty easy going. One foot did get soaked after a log I was crossing over rolled beneath me. It’s all part of the fun.
I pass a shady spot with a large corrugated pipe.
Escondido Falls actually has three tiers. I had read of the danger of trying to reach the two upper tiers. On the right is a trampled fence. I passed over and climbed up a rough trail. The dirt is very loose and almost immediately there is a scramble. Photo 3 – On the left is a steep scramble with a rope. I read that an easier path lay ahead so I stuck to the trail. Photo 4 – A few yards ahead I reached another steep climb and decided to turn back here.
I came to another spur, this trail about 0.3 miles from Winding Way. A trail marker points in the direction of the falls and I followed it on my way there. Now I went in the opposite direction toward Latigo Canyon.
This is a beautiful canyon.
Photo 1 – There’s a lone picnic table along the way. Photo 3 – On the right a paved road came to an end. I assume this is the same road I exited when I entered the trail. The road is closed due to hazardous conditions, according to a sign.
The hazardous conditions – looks part of the road has washed away and left a big hole.
There is something at the bottom, a small bulldozer or part of one anyway, swallowed by the mud.
Photo 1 – I continued on the trail which became more narrow and a slightly overgrown. Photos 2 and 3 – A motor, just hanging out by the side of the trail waiting for someone to give him loving a home.
There are a couple of concrete water crossings.
I had to maneuver between the branches of a downed tree.
One last look at the beautiful wildflowers growing above Escondido Canyon. Short hike, good day.