The Trail Canyon Falls is a 7.7 km or 4.8 miles long trail in Tujunga, California. On this trail, you can witness awe-inspiring, lush green scenery, magnificently gushing waterfalls, beautiful valley views, and experience the ultimate thrill of hiking. It takes about 2-2.5 hours for a return trip with an elevation gain of 743 feet or 226 meters. This trail is moderate difficult with a maximum altitude above sea level as 2500 feet or 762 metres. This is a loop trail which starts and ends at Trail Canyon Trailhead.
Terrain Information & Trail Conditions
First half part of the Trail Canyon Falls trail is flat and easy. This can be termed as low difficulty in terms of the inclination of the route. You can get a great cardio workout done on this trail. The trail has slight forest cover and thus the sun exposure is moderate. This trail involves crossing of river stream which will be a refreshing experience for you! This trail has wet and cold weather conditions. If you want to witness the best weather conditions, visit this trail between January to December.
Trail Canyon Falls is a high-traffic trail. Therefore, try to start as early as possible to avoid congestion. There are no restrictions on maximum quotas on the number of people allowed. The trail is straight forward so you need not worry about losing the trail. Please note that this is not a well maintained trail. Therefore, hiking trails can be rough, broken, rocky, and uneven surface, as they can not maintained regularly as walking paths in cities. Always make sure you have proper shoes in order to avoid injuries and provide comfort to your feet.
Who Can Visit This Trail?
Trail Canyon Falls trail is suitable to bring dogs along. However, please ensure that they are fit enough to embark on this hike. Your dogs cannot communicate this but when they are hiking alongside you, they require frequent hydration just like you do. Keep them hydrated and well-fed. Additionally, it’s always safer to keep them on the leash.
This is a kid-friendly hike which means it is easy/moderate grade, short, and comes with a lot of rewards. That said, always take into consideration you kid’s ability to walk and carry lots and lots of food and water.
If you want to do some trail running or nature walking, this can be a trail that’s suitable for you. If you love watching birds then you’re going to love this place. You can find birds like Lawrence’s goldfinch here.
Entry Information & Parking Details
The entrance to this park is open from 6:00 AM to 8:00 PM. The entry fee of $5 can be paid at the entrance of the park. Parking facilities are available at an additional cost of $5. Camping is permitted but it’s always good idea to talk to the park authorities before planning this. You can contact them here: 800-862-2543.
How to Reach the Trail-head?
You can drive your car up until this point. Use GPS to get to this point. If you follow the directions correctly, you can get here easily.
Resources and Facilities Available
Drinking water is not available along this trail so please carry atleast 2-3 litres of water with you.
Pay attention to road and trail closure signage. Sightings of snakes such as Ringneck Snake, Two-striped Garter Snake, Coast Night Snake, Western Shovelnose Snake have been done in this area so keep an eye out for these reptiles. Never try to intimidate the snakes. Wild animals found in this region are bobcat, mountain lion, and bear. Stay safe and have a word with the local authorities to take precautionary measures for dealing with the wild animals.
As long as you are aware about the route and are carrying either a physical map or a digital map, you can do this hike pretty much on your own without hiring any guide.
There are no specific technical requirements for this hike.
Things to carry
In addition to the usual hiking gear, we recommend you pack a rain jacket, and sun protection.
Here is the list of typical hiking gear that you must carry for all the hikes:
- 2-3 Liters of water
- Sun hat or cap
- Good Hiking boots
- Light snacks to munch on during breaks, Trail Mix, Fresh fruits / Dried fruits such as dates, figs / Nuts mix, etc. for eating along on the trail
- Personal medications and a first-aid kit
- Sun goggles
- Wet tissues
- Cameras (optional)