Escondido Falls is a short 4 mile, 700' gain, trail out to the tallest waterfall in the Santa Monica Mountains. It's a crowded trail that's almost half road, and the waterfall is usually dry, but it's worth doing at least once.
1 The "trail" starts out along Winding Trail road heading past bazillion dollar, Malibu, movie star homes.
2 This house has a tennis court, basketball court, and a batting cage. Must be nice.
3 Finally to the start of the singletrack about a mile in.
4 Nice tree covered trail below the falls.
5 Lower Escondido Falls. It's barely dripping today even after a few days of heavy rain.
6 To get to the bottom of the upper falls, you have to do some scrambling up "trail" that looks like this.
7 Upper Escondido Falls. The full falls is 150' tall, making it the highest in the Santa Monica Mountains. If you look at pictures from a wet year, it's actually pretty impressive.
8 View towards the ocean from the base of the upper falls.
9 There's a route to the top of the upper falls, but they clearly don't want people taking it.