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Escondido Canyon Park

Directions & Trail Map

Accessed from Pacific Coast Highway about a mile south of Kanan Road in Malibu, the trail through Escondido Canyon Natural Area leads hikers, mountain bikers, and equestrians 4.2 miles through oak woodland, riparian woodland, and Coastal sage scrub to the spectacular, multi-tiered 150-foot Escondido Falls—the highest in the Santa Monica Mountains. Allow yourself at least two hours to enjoy this trail and spectacular waterfall.

From the parking, follow the trail along the paved road about a mile. At the Escondido Canyon Trailhead sign, head to the left, walking upstream. The trail criss-crosses the creek several times and then opens onto grassy flats. A mile into the trail you will reach the base of the waterfall. This is the lower tier of the huge limestone fall. The public parkland ends here. The upper falls are located on private property.

Directions: The parking lot is on Winding Way East at Pacific Coast Highway. Park cars here and walk north on the trail along Winding Way East (private road) to the dirt trail that starts at the end of the paved road.

Address: 27200 Winding Way, Malibu

Park Features:

November 24 - 1pm, Fall Fiesta Storytime in the Park, Vista Hermosa Natural Park
November 25 - 1pm, Fall Fiesta - Science of the Season, Vista Hermosa Natural Park
November 25 - 6pm, Full Moon Hike, Franklin Canyon Park
November 28 - 4:30pm, Fall Fiesta - Community Campfire, Vista Hermosa Natural Park
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