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Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Hike on Sunday October 23rd - Escondido Falls

Hello Everyone,

I hope your semester is going well and the stress of mid-terms has not gotten to you yet. We have a hike planned for Sunday October 23rd at Escondido Falls in Malibu, CA. We will have carpools set up on Sunday morning on campus at 8am, we will be meeting in Parking Lot 1 in front of the International House at CSULB, we will be leaving promptly at 8:30-8:45am, so if you want to carpool please do not be late. Here is a brief description below, along with the coordinates and directions to the trailhead if you prefer to drive yourself and meet us there, this place is about 30-45 minutes away from CSULB. If you get lost or are running a little late, you can call/text the President of the club Michael, his number is (714) 342-7782

Summary: This hike takes you to one of the gems in the Santa Monica Mountains, the spectacular multi-tiered Escondido Falls. The hike starts out on the pavement, passing million dollar homes along Winding Way with lovely ocean views. After about a mile, an obvious trail takes you down into the lovely Escondido Canyon, criss-crossing creek 4 or 5 times. As you approach the base of the lower falls, you can see the water dropping over the lip of the 150 ft upper falls in the distance. The lower falls are about 50 foot high and trickle over a moss covered wall into a lovely shallow pool. This is the turn around point for those not comfortable with a bit of rock scrambling. 

To get to the upper falls, take the trail to the right of the lower falls up an obvious gully. At the top of the gully, go left and follow the stream over some small cascades and boulders to the base of the upper falls. This is an amazing site, with water tumbling over 3 or 4 tiers, finally falling into a deep pool.

Trailhead: From Kanan Road, drive south a mile or so on Pacific Coast Highway (1) to East Winding Way and turn left. The signed parking lot is on the left side of Winding Way. The trail actually follows the paved Winding Way for about a mile, after which you will see an obvious trail to the left. Follow the trail until it hits the stream, then just follow the trail upstream until you come to the lower falls. (Lat: 34.02594 Lon: -118.7839)

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