Santa Ynez Waterfall – Topanga

Where: Topanga
Mileage: 6.0 miles
Difficulty: Moderate
Elevation gain: 1000 feet
Recommended: Water

To get to the trailhead:  From the 1 take Topanga Canyon Blvd to right onto Entrada Road, if you are coming from San Fernando Valley turn left. Keep turning left and stay on Entrada until you arrive at the State Park. If you can’t find parking, you can park on the side of the road. Trailhead is at the end of the parking lot.


Before I begin, we definitely did not get to see the falls. But, it’s okay because there was no water anyway. In response, we didn’t make much of an effort to find the falls. We’ll have to come back after the winter (if we can get any rain out here) to explore. Before hitting the actual trail to the falls we did get to see “the beach”. Nice view I must say and then we headed down down down into the dense wooded area, thinking to ourselves “oh man, we have to climb this route up”.

Okay, I shouldn’t make it sound that bad! The area is definitely worth going to, just enough open air to not hear how many people were actually there (the parking lot and road side were completely full). If I could recommend anything out of this hike, be very very careful because there is an abundant amount of poison oak ready to give you an itch that you do not want, wear pants!

Something different: we did find some kind of skeleton bones. Hmmm… What kind of animal could it have been. After some random exploring, we decided to head up. Way up, definitely a breather, but just enough to make you smile if you wanted some kind of workout on a random Saturday afternoon. 

Note to self: if i’m looking for a waterfall, do not come here until it has rained enough to know there is water.

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