Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Escondido Falls

Escondido Falls in Malibu!
escondido falls photo op
This was a really simple hike, 4 miles... map below.

You walk through a residential neighborhood for a little while, then the trailhead is on your left after a little less than a mile. The first 2 miles is pretty easy to get to the lower falls.

big tree

looking at tadpoles

Then you can scramble rocks and use some rope-climbs to get up to the upper falls:
mithra rope climb

The upper falls:
escondido upper falls
The rock-climbing was difficult, but fun. You can climb even further than the upper falls, but once you get up to the view of the whole valley, turn around from there.

flower out of rock

escondido canyon view

There is a trail at this view to get back down to the rope climb, but DON'T take it! It is far too slippery and dangerous, just go back down the way you came. The waterfall was beautiful, but not very full. I would probably suggest going in the spring after a rainy season. I would definitely recommend this hike. It is not too difficult if you opt out of seeing the upper falls. It was really nice and we had plenty of time for a picnic on the beach afterwards. For more pictures, you can click this link: http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10150420774787846.446553.527707845&l=9c716b9bd5&type=1
Just another beautiful Los Angeles day!

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