Three Sisters Waterfalls Trail

#1 of 30 trails in Cuyamaca Rancho State Park

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Three Sisters Waterfalls Trail is a 4 mile out and back trail located near Julian, California that features a waterfall and is only recommended for very experienced outdoorsmen. The trail is primarily used for hiking, rock climbing & walking and is accessible from November until June.

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karen harrington (177)

6 Completed4 Reviews

Melissa Maciel (130)

17 Completed3 Reviews

Please don't attempt this hike unless you are prepared for the heat or the difficulty. Bring a lot of water, and then double that. Don't attempt in the summer, I did this hike in April and it was very hot! When properly prepared this hike is amazing! It has been three years since I have done it so I am not sure how much water is there. This is one of the most beautiful and most challenging hikes in San Diego and it is on every avid hikers to-hike-list!

Travis Reed (109)

3 Completed4 Reviews

Ryan Beaudoin (230)

11 Completed10 Reviews

This hike is the best hike I've done since moving to CA, but it's not a hike to mess around with, especially during the hotter months. Was told this was an easy hike, so I wore flip flops and took 5 friends and 3 dogs...we all made it out, but one of the dogs and 2 of the people barely made it. My wife is not very coordinated and I would never take her out on the trial. Going in is all down hill will some rather steep and loose areas. Bring gloves just in case. Once you get down into the valley, the boulder fields start! Go in April - early June and there should be a lot of water flowing.

Ryan Turner (822)

65 Completed8 Reviews

david floyd (63)

1 Completed1 Reviews

Great hike or slide as your first and last test is the steep slide down to the second creek. I suggest gloves. Be aware once your in the creek there is Poison Oak everywhere but you can avoid it. Worth boulder hopping up to the falls as there are many small falls hidden everywhere...such a cool place. Next day you will feel it :-)

Johanna Roque (77)

1 Completed1 Reviews

Favorite hike

Somnang P. (274)

Challenging and the most fun hike ever!!!

Sam Acosta (87)

2 Completed2 Reviews

Heres an idea of the scenery and fun you could have at the Three Sisters waterfall.
No permit required, stay till the end to see the extremely difficult parts mentioned by others

Mark Randall (221)

5 Completed3 Reviews

Love this trail and the challenge of the particularly steep hills and climbing parts. There was rope tied off in 3 separate parts to help with getting up and down. I would check the rope to determine if it is in a condition you want to trust but it was fine the last time I was out.

Others have noted that it can be extremely hot beginning sometime around May until around November. If you go in the heat it is hard to overestimate how much water you will need. I went out on a day in the high 80's (Fahrenheit) and had gone through 2 liters of water before I even began the hike back (not good). Don't depend on getting water from the falls either since they can dry up in summer.

The road out is a fun, adventurous drive with great views. A truck would make things more comfortable on the dirt road but if you take it easy you can get out there is most vehicles. I have seen sedans, hatchbacks, and sports cars parked at the trail head.