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A Guide to The Most Beautiful Waterfalls in Los Angeles

Jessica Ufuoma

Photo by Lost in Los Padres

Don't let the party, celebrity and beach scenes fool you, Los Angeles boasts some really stunning waterfalls. However, getting to them requires a lot of hiking. Don't worry though, no matter how long you hike for, there's always a beautiful waterfall waiting for you at the end as a worth reward. If you're into hiking and want the best of both worlds; a stunning waterfall and whipping into shape with a hike, then read this for some of the most beautiful waterfalls in Los Angeles and how to get there.

Solstice Canyon Falls

You will find the solstice canyon falls in the solstice canyon parl located in Malibu, California. This place is perfect for a nature walk as it stretches 2.1 miles. It is a very kid-friendly and easy hike that leads up to a 30ft waterfall and creek. It's an easy hike so if you're looking for something more challenging, keep going onto the Rising Sun trail which is a lot more taxing with an ocean view in the end.

Location: Malibu, California. Off Corral Canyon Road from Pacific Coast Highway.

Hike difficulty level: Easy

Solstice Canyon FallsPhoto by World of Waterfalls

Eaton Canyon Falls

This is one of the most difficult hikes. Located in Altadena, Eaton Canyon Falls is a 1.1 mile trail that is really close to Downtown Pasadena. It starts off being moderate and then the last half mile to the waterfall gets more challenging with multiple creek crossings. It is also one of the most popular trails as lots of families and dogs frequent it on weekends so you can bet you won't be lonely. The payoff at the end is worth it. You get to see a 40ft tall cascade of waterfall which is just a beautiful site to see.

Location: Altadena. 1750 N Altadena Dr, Pasadena.

Difficulty level: Hard

Eaton Canyon FallsPhoto by Los Angeles Magazine

Trail Canyon Falls

Unfortunately in 2009, the Station Fire ravaged this area but it has since been repaired and reopened to the public. It is about a four-mile hike and located in a quiet secluded canyon. There are a number of stream crossings and gorgeous greenery all leading to a beautiful 30-foot waterfall.

Difficulty level: Easy

Photo by Lost in the Los Padres

Monrovia Falls

Monrovia Canyon is one of the most beautiful falls in Los Angeles. It is one that is small but mighty and located in the San Gabriel Mountains. It is pretty stable and has an underground spring that keeps the water flowing all through the year. It starts with a gradual 1.6 mile hike and a 350 feet elevation. It is a place to explore for families and dogs are allowed as well.

Difficulty level: Mild

Photo by Hiking Project

The Grotto

Another beautiful waterfall in Malibu. This is the perfect hike for those who love a little adventure. You can conquer this three-mile expedition and be transported to a small hidden gem grotto surrounded by giant rocks. There's a reward of a mini waterfall at the grotto's base. It does get dirty so make sure to keep this in mind and maybe pack extra clothes if necessary but it's a fun one for family and kid-friendly hikes.

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