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.

Once you get on the Boulder Creek Truck Trail drive until you reach a tight hairpin turn. You are gong to see a small wooden structure next to a gate with the usual trail information. Although it does not mention 3 Sisters, this structure is Located right on the trail head. DO NOT TAKE THE TRAIL FARTHER TO THE RIGHT. That goes on for about 6 miles until you reach Cedar Creek Falls.

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2 Completed 1 Reviews

Lots of fun but bring a lot of water

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1 Completed 1 Reviews

I echo that. Sedan was fine. Two rattlers on trail, falls almost dry. Beautiful country. Go early and bring lots of water!

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1 Completed 1 Reviews

Just did this hike and it was 93 degrees, good to heed all the cautions about taking plenty of water. This unofficial trail is a great way to challenge your physical strength. The water is barely a trickle into the top pool right now and each pool is filled with algae. As a caution, we did almost step on a rattlesnake sunning itself on a rock. Since it seems there is some concern over the road, I will say that I was fine driving my sedan up there. Will do it again earlier in the year when the water is flowing, and once I forget how difficult it was :)

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7 Completed 4 Reviews

LOVED THIS HIKE!!
-Getting there: yes it is a drive, i live in Alpine, Ca. therefore only about a 40 min drive to get to cuyamaca lake, THEN AN ADDITIONAL 30 mins or so down a road that leads to a dirt road. then you park. i'm not sure why people say they can't make it in their cars? i drive a 2008 328i bmw and i made it just fine. buck up.
-The hike itself: difficult but worth it. fun and you won't get bored. these hikes are best. we went and the waterfall was more like a stream do to it being summertime. but still an amazing view and great accomplishment of getting to the top. i will deff be going back flowing falls or not.
-The Difficulty: Depends on your fitness/ age / etc. everyone is different. it is hard but doable. if you have the mindset, enough water, and right gear your good. People have been nice enough to leave ropes and markers (spray paint arrows, orange tape) and many trails which you can follow. i would say probably NOT good for kids, or dogs… do to having to climb down a boulder with a knotted rope, sliding down slopes on your butt, and then clearly having to climb back up on the return.
-Gear: i always bring more than enough water, i packed 3 canteens with ice, caparison and a arizona ice tea for some sugar and drank all. i also always pack enough snacks and a diversity. GLOVES helped a lot with holding onto the ropes, when sliding, or moving some branched from your face. i wore pants with nike pro shorts underneath for when it got hot. in the am from it being chilly pants were great and helped with the sliding down protecting my legs, etc. then when it got hotter and from getting hot from the hike i switched to the shorts which was fine on the way up.
-Recommended Time: i normally start all my hikes early am. to beat the heat. so we woke up at 5am and were parked, stretched and ready to go at 7am-ish. it took us about an hour & a half each way. the hike down is pretty easy 2/3rds of the way down and was shaded at the time, then you get to the sliding down part with soft sand thats hard to stay put in from the decline, then you hit the climbing down a boulder and start your way rock climbing to the falls. (which is going up) we started returning to the car around 9;30ish and took many water stops to catch our breath, by then it was probably 68-75 degrees but felt like 80. just be safe with time and the heat, and remember this hike is all up hill on the return thats what kicks your butt.

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Al Nelson

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7 Completed 2 Reviews

Great hike. You can access the trailhead by car, you will be surprised by the low clearance vehicles that make it through.

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April Huston

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16 Completed 9 Reviews

Headed there to hike but was extremely disappointed. We drove an hour and a half to get there only to find out about the dirt road and we couldn't take our car on it so had to turn around and go home.

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2 Completed 1 Reviews

I love this hike, just did it again last Saturday. I love the ropes and climbing the rocks and the falls are always awesome even if they don't have a ton of water.

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1 Completed 1 Reviews

Great hike, total body work out, includes: hiking, walking, rock climbing, there are three ropes to go up and down, but once to the end it's all worth it! Simply amazing!

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20 Completed 3 Reviews

My GF and I did this a few months ago and it was a lot of fun. We weren't paying enough attention to the trail amidst our conversation (a problem we have a lot) and ended up going straight where the trail turns left down the hill and found some AMAZING cliffs on top of the ridge above the waterfall that were all bolted and ready to be climbed! Probably one of our better mistakes, haha! Beautiful views of the valley and not a sign of civilization anywhere, very peaceful. After that we hiked back up the hill and went the correct way to the falls , which were awesome! Check it out, but bring a god amount of water, we went in October and it was still smoldering.

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6 Completed 5 Reviews

Loved this trail :) has all the possible terrains that a hike can have in a small stretch of 2 miles. Dip in the natural pool under that last sister is an absolute bliss :D

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