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OC Waterfall Hikes

There are two things that I love in life – waterfalls and sea caves. There is nothing better than getting to splash water on your face from a waterfall after a summer hike. When planning a summer hike with your family, surprise them with a beautiful waterfall at the end of one of these OC waterfall hikes.

Holy Jim Waterfall Hike

Holy Jim Waterfall Hike
This probably the most popular waterfall hike in Orange County. The hike provides plenty of shade along the way for younger children and isn’t too far to reach the waterfall. The only downside is that the waterfall is usually just a small trickle of water coming down the rocks. Getting to the start of the hike can be a challenge because the road is extremely bumpy but it is worth it.

Falls Canyon Falls

Falls Canyon Falls
This waterfall was one of my favorite discoveries, and I was so excited to share it with all of you this past Fall. This hike is mid-way along the bumpy road to the Holy Jim waterfall hike, and can be a challenge to find. I recommend printing out my main blog post with detailed instructions because there is no cellular service in the area. It is one of the best-kept secrets in Orange County…well until we shared it with the world a couple of months ago. This hike does not have a well-paved trail, so I recommend it for children 5+.

Oso Creek Falls

Oso Creek Trail Falls
The Oso Creek Trail is my favorite family-friendly trail in Orange County. It has vibrant artwork, nature, and small falls in the creek for children to see. The best time to see the biggest falls along this trail is after a good rain, but there are still some small falls to see in the summer months.

Black Star Canyon Falls

Black Star Canyon Falls
Another favorite OC waterfall hike is Black Star Canyon Falls. This hike is recommended a couple of days after a good rain to see the real beauty. Your children will enjoy splashing their toes in the creek water as they make their way to the falls.

Dana Point Waterfall

Dana Point Waterfall
While there is not much of a hike to find this waterfall, and it can only be seen during a rainstorm, this is one of our favorite waterfalls in Orange County. It is a spot that only locals knew about until we discovered it’s hidden location this past winter, so enjoy it!! We love sharing this hidden gem of OC with all of you!

There is still one hidden waterfall that I remember seeing as a child, but can’t seem to find as an adult, and have been searching for over the past year. I hope to discover and share with all of you this year.

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  1. I am glad you haven’t spoiled Heart Rock by blogging about it

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