Location: Angeles National Forest, Los Angeles County, CA
Miles: 4 miles
Difficulty: Easy – Moderate
Duration: 2 hours
Users: Hikers, dogs, horses, and mountain bikes permitted. No wheelchair access.
Features: 1930s cabins near trailhead, Trail Canyon Falls (40 ft. high), stream crossings, canyon, creek, granite
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Leading to a mighty 30-foot tall waterfall, the Trail Canyon Trail is a 4 mile round trip hike having 700 feet of elevation gain. The waterfalls is nestled deep within the Angeles National Forest, located in the San Gabriel Mountains and Sierra Pelona Mountains, Los Angeles County. The Angeles National Forest was established in 1908 and incorporates the San Bernardino National Forest and parts of the Santa Barbara and San Gabriel Forests. The Trail Canyon Trail starts on a dirt road and onto a single track trail. It follows the Gold Creek up a canyon and through alders and sycamores, the Big Tujunga Canyon, Tom Lucas Trail Camp, and to Trail Canyon Falls.
Top 3 Adventure Hacks
1) Bring an extra bottle of water.
Trails without much shade can cause dehydration as the heat may cause you to lose more water through sweat. Bring an extra bottle or bottles. Use a carabiner when there is no space left inside your bag.
2) Everything is worth a shot.
Bring a camera. The Trail Canyon Trail follows the Gold Creek up a canyon and through alders and sycamores, the Big Tujunga Canyon, Tom Lucas Trail Camp, and to Trail Canyon Falls. It is best to document the adventure.
3) Keep gear organized.
Often enough, it is hard getting everything inside your backpack. Organize your gear with a dry sack. Keep things in place and accessible inside your bag.