Location: Santa Lucia Wilderness, San Luis Obispo County, CA
Miles: 1 mile
Difficulty: Easy – Moderate
Duration: 0.5 hours
Users: Hikers, horses, and dogs permitted. No mountain bikes permitted. No wheelchair access.
For those that want a true experience of natural coastal California, the hike to Little Falls is well worth the trip. It is located in an area that is a world away from the more developed real estate of the area. It is really a breath of fresh air to visit this wonderful area of nature that has been left untouched.
Little Falls is a gorgeous 50 foot waterfall located in a lush canyon made of limestone. The walls are covered with ferns and moss. There is a 2 or 3 foot pool located at the base of the falls.
To get to the falls you will follow a trail that runs along a little creek. Along the way you will go through a forest full of maple, oak, bay, and sycamore trees.
It is important to note that access to the national forest wilderness is from the trailheads only. You should stay on the trails during your journey to the falls as there is private property surrounding the area.
Top 3 Adventure Hacks
1) Wear waterproof gear
There are creek crossings, be prepared to get your shoes wet! You may opt to wear waterproof hiking boots. You could also cover your backpack with a rain cover so you could protect the things you brought.
2) Pack snacks
A good hike might get you hungry. Packs light meals or snacks that could keep you from getting too starved!
3) Always bring drinking water when you go hiking
It’s important to stay hydrated when outdoors.