Big Falls Trail

#3 of 114 trails in San Bernardino National Forest
Big Falls Trail is a 0.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Forest Falls, CA that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible from March until September.

0.8 miles 187 feet Out & Back
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Please be careful hiking beyond the looking point. Rocks are slippery when wet also watch for loose dirt and boulders. This waterfall is Not Recommended in January because snow of ice could be slippery when crossing rocks.

Jennifer Johnson
1 day ago

1 Completed1 Reviews

Great easy hike ! Wish the big fall was open but due to accidents it's closed to the public .Hopefully it will be open this fall.

Gabriel Nerio
1 month ago

23 Completed21 Reviews

As of writing this, the trail is blocked once you get to the railing. It is moderately hiked and has low to moderate levels of steepness. The creek can be hiked either direction and makes a perfect add-on to an otherwise short hike.

Aj Green
1 month ago

5 Completed3 Reviews

First time here. And must say I did not have a good experience. Trail to falls is short if you can find the trail as it is poorly marked I ended up hiking about a mile past along the creek bed before realizing. Once on the right path I finally get to the falls and it was closed half way up just passed the railing. What I did get to see was beautiful but not worth the hour drive and misleading trail heads.

Rebecca Unruh
1 month ago

1 Completed1 Reviews

this place was beautiful! easy to get to the falls.

Alexus Rayas
2 months ago

1 Completed1 Reviews

Really easy hike up to waterfall.. The waterfall was nice to sit by and eat lunch! Defiantly will be going back!

Mari Lopez
3 months ago

9 Completed4 Reviews

I went with my cousins and brother .. They are all younger so that just to show how easy this trail is.. The waterfall is of course gorgeous although the drought seems to have dried the stream a bit. Beautiful and easy love it

Elisa Rojas
3 months ago

5 Completed3 Reviews

Rocky in certain areas, watch your footing. Family friendly. Have to cross the creek, you might get your feet wet. Short hike to the falls. Overall rated G for the easiness of the hike.

Rodney Altamirano
4 months ago

18 Completed2 Reviews

We went in the winter. It was dog friendly, amazing scenery. The hike is some what disappointing, very easy hike. It more like a walk to a waterfall. Ice and snow made the place even more majestical

Michael Weals
5 months ago

18 Completed18 Reviews

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Mark Fox
7 months ago

20 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
8 months ago

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
8 months ago

1 Completed2 Reviews

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

Dee Arvizo
8 months ago

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
8 months ago

13 Completed4 Reviews

Kara S
9 months ago

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
9 months ago

17 Completed5 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
9 months ago

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!

Karina Castillo
10 months ago

23 Completed8 Reviews

Amazing falls, short hike but worth the drive..
Took my oldest daughter with me ( not a hiker) and she ended up taken a bad fall, sprained her ankle, bruises and scrapes, but luckily no broken bones.
I've been hiking for some time now, and my daughter's fall sure was an eye opener on how it doesn't matter how easy the hike may seem. Please beware, analyze your step, specially around loose rocks and water, which is what this hike is pretty much all about.
Highly recommended but please pick up your trash and be careful with slippery rocks!
Happy trails