Escondido Falls is a lovely hike in Malibu, CA. The first 3/4 mile is on Winding Way Road through a fancy neighborhood in Malibu. After that, it’s a nice hike through the woods, with a couple of stream crossings.
WHERE: Malibu, CA. There is a small parking lot at the bottom of Winding Way Road off of Pacific Coast Highway. If that parking is full, you can park on PCH, but be sure to read the posted parking signs carefully.
DISTANCE: About 4 miles round trip.
ELEVATION GAIN: 400 ft.
OTHER THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW:
There are several stream crossings on this trail. They are pretty easy to get across without getting your feet wet, unless it’s been raining a lot recently.
There is some rock scrambling involved getting to the lower falls.
Getting to the upper falls requires putting trust in yourself, and a piece of rope. There is a section that is narrow and steep. Someone tied a rope to either end of this section to use to pull yourself up and to use to keep yourself from falling off the trail on your way back down.
You can swim in the pool at the bottom of the falls, but the water is cold.
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