Definitely need 4x4 several river crossings before you get to the trail head. Within a 5.5 mile roundtrip hike, you get to hike through a heavily wooded forest, alongside one of the largest and fastest flowing creeks in the park, visit 2 waterfalls (one a very popular swimming hole), and cross a gorgeous bridge to a calm and crystal clear pool of water. Big Falls Trail Description – the short trail to its lookout After parking the car and displaying a Forest Adventure Pass (see directions below), we followed a trail that went left (downstream) along Mill Creek. The water is crystal clear, cold, and beautiful! The trail is primarily used for hiking and is best used from April until October. there were several good pools for swimming. We only hiked to the big falls and then turned around. The falls are just magnificent. ( 12 rivers to driving cross). We started at Rinconada Trailhead, down Little Falls trail and back up Big Falls. There's a little river stream as you hike which is nice As you keep hiking to the bigger waterfalls it does get a bit harder and rocky but if you are up for it, its super fun. Big Falls Trail This trail report was submitted by J, please visit www.HikeLosPadres.com for more information. I have a Toyota Tacoma and it made it with no problem! Big Falls in Santa Lucia. Mountain, mountains so manny of them makes me remember KCNT. Our site covers trail camps, campgrounds and hiking trails for backpacking, mountain biking near the Santa Barbara, Ventura, Ojai, San Luis Obispo, Monterrey and Los Angeles areas I hiked down to Big Falls from Hi Mtn Road connecting from Rinconada Trail. We did the whole loop. The hike to first little waterfall is easy, maybe like a 10-15 mins walk. The waterfall’s rocky basin makes a great mid-hike spot to grab a quick snack or … A trail will take you to a rocky slope that you have to scramble/rock climb across (ropes not necessary). Thank you ! Took my dad for Father’s Day 2019. With more than 22 Big Falls trails covering 434 miles, you’re bound to find a perfect trail like the Schrader Connection or Fox River State Trail. no water at the end of trail and lots poison oak out there..water in 10 of the water crossings...be careful of residents on the road not friendly at all..no cell reception. There was even a waterfall at the parking lot of big falls trail. Then an SUV went through and that gave me confidence to go ahead. The road is only accessible to high clearance 4x4 vehicles only as … The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is accessible year-round. Big Falls trailhead will be the first main parking lot on the left, immediately before the picnic area. Along the trail, Taylor River rushes past you, and craggy Garfield Peak plays hide-and-seek through the trees. This trail starts at the Big Qualicum Hatchery and follows the 10 kilometre-long, gravel hatchery service road the length of the river. but we were looking for a challenge. It’s not Closed. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. Along the trail, Taylor River rushes past you, and craggy Garfield Peak plays hide-and-seek through the trees. We found it just driving around the mountains. I continued back to the Rinconada trail to complete my day. On IG as @picbynathan. The falls were, well, small. 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