Accessed from Pacific Coast Highway (PCH) about a mile south of Kanan Road in Malibu, the Edward Albert Trail through Escondido Canyon Natural Area leads hikers, mountain bikers and riders 4.2 miles through oak woodland, riparian woodland, and coastal sage scrub to the spectacular 150-foot Escondido Falls— the highest in the Santa Monica Mountains. The waterfall is dependent on precipitation and is minimal or non-existent during dry weather.
Follow the trail from the parking lot around a mile along the paved highway. Please stay on the route for your safety on this winding road with many blind bends. At the Edward Albert Escondido Canyon Trailhead sign on the edge of a meadow on your left, head down into the canyon. Cross (seasonally dry) Escondido Creek and head left to the waterfall. The trail passes the creek several times. You're going to get into the route a mile into the waterfall base. This is the colossal calcareous fall's decreased rate. The public's parkland ends here. The upper falls are not publicly available on private property. Hikers are told not to climb to the upper falls to keep the sensitive habitat and stop the risk of serious fall injury.
Please note that beyond the parking lot, bathroom facilities are not accessible at PCH. Escondido Canyon is a hazardous region of fire. It is prohibited to smoke and open fires, and penalties are punishable.
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