Big Falls Trail

#4 of 136 trails in San Bernardino National Forest
Big Falls Trail is a 3.3 mile trail located near Forest Falls, California that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible from March until September.

3.3 miles
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Directions from Bear Valley/Woodlands, CA: Travel west on Highway 38 to Valley-of-the-Falls Boulevard. Proceed about 3 miles and park in the parking area adjacent to the Falls Picnic Area.

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Mark Fox

19 Completed7 Reviews

This is one of the best waterfalls I have seen in Southern California. It almost doesn't qualify as a hike to me because it's so short and easy. The official trail ends at a viewing area for the waterfall, but the real fun is to continue on up each level of the stream creating the waterfalls. The main waterfall in the back is beautiful and there is often enough of a pool to partially immerse in (if you enjoy cold water). The only downfall, because it's so easy, is that it can get annoyingly crowded on weekends.

Amanda Herrick-Showalter

1 Completed2 Reviews

So much fun !! We loved this hike ! Our dogs loved it too . Playing in the pools near the water falls was their favorite

Amanda Herrick-Showalter

1 Completed2 Reviews

So much fun !! Our dogs loves it too ..

Dee Arvizo

1 Completed1 Reviews

I like to go on weekdays. A lot less people than weekends and you have the falls all to yourself. My dogs love this hike. It's great on a hot summer day to cool off.

Amanda Klopping

12 Completed3 Reviews

Kara S

6 Completed5 Reviews

Beautiful in winter! Lots of rocks and ice to contend with. My dog ate it and fell down a segment of the waterfall which was sad, but he was ok.

Really wonderful area. Parking lot was littered with trash.

How someone could dump their garbage in a place like this is beyond me.

Tala Smith

3 Completed3 Reviews

I've been to this waterfall twice and it is enjoyable. It's a peaceful spot, especially if you get there early. There are plenty of places along the creek to sit and enjoy listening to the water. It is an easy hike, even suitable for children. Do however wear sturdy shoes - preferably proper hiking boots – so that you don't turn an ankle. You will be crossing a dry riverbed (dry as long as it isn't raining or flash flooding anyway lol), which is a rocky environment.

They prefer that you don't go past the observation point, but people do. There is nothing blocking you from doing it. I really recommend caution for a few reasons. The first is stupid people breaking glass bottles. If you are conscientious like I am, bring a trash bag and some heavy gloves and help with cleanup. Also be aware that the higher up you go, the more loose rock there is. There have been slides with resulting injuries and deaths. Do not push the limits of your capabilities and be aware not only of the environment but other hikers around you. Don't put yourself or anyone else at an unnecessary risk.

Lyle Treend

4 Completed4 Reviews

Took my 8 & 10 year old last weekend for a late afternoon hike. They loved the bouldering and shaded hiking and views of the several falls and pools along the way. It was typically crowded by the local hordes of families. Had to squeeze by as one family of 22 that created a major bottle neck, but most didnt hike up that far where sandals limited the climb. The goal was to reach the top and rest our feet in the very cold pools of water and relax to the sound of crashing water... mission accomplished!