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Photos: Hiking to Escondido Falls in Malibu

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Take a beautiful day after a rainy season to visit a local waterfall and you won't be disappointed. Of the six waterfalls in the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, Escondido Falls ("Hidden Falls") comes in at the tallest. Spanning 150 feet over multiple tiers, visiting this waterfall adds to the magic of living in the Los Angeles area.

Located in Malibu, about one mile south of Kanan Dume Road off Pacific Coast Highway, this moderate hike is an estimated 4.2 miles round trip. Because parking is only allowed in a lot off PCH, about half of the hike is along a residential road that offers views of the ocean and mountains. An easily identifiable trailhead will lead you to the falls along a relatively flat trail following Escondido Creek. It won't be long before arriving at the lower tier of the waterfall. This might be a "wow" moment, but the fun has only just begun. Anyone who has hiked this trail will tell you to make the extra effort to see the upper tier.