Escondido Falls is a great trail to hike anytime of year. This trail is located in the Santa Monica Mountains of Malbu. The proximity to the coast provides relief from the heat of the SoCal Summer. The temperature here usually lingers in the mid to upper 60’s. The only drawback to hiking this close to the exclusive sands of Baywatch Beach would be the very limited parking. You will definitely want to arrive early.The tiny parking lot is located at Winding Way and PCH.There are no parking fees.
The trailhead is about 1/2 a mile north on Winding Way from the parking lot. Winding Way is basically a private road leading to some pretty swanky homes. The entire hike ends up being about 4.2 miles roundtrip. I would say that it is a pretty family friendly trail as long as your children are at least 6 years of age. Poison oak is abundant here. You will want to keep everyone on the trail. There is some bouldering involved and there is a pretty steep portion of trail where you may choose to use a rope that someone has setup to aid you in your climb.
There are a couple of small waterfalls along the first portion of the trail, but it is the last waterfall that you will really want to see. The last waterfall is a multi-tiered beauty with a total height of roughly 150 feet. It isn’t your typical California waterfall. This one is covered in moss and grass and is definitely this most tropical looking waterfall that we have experienced (YouTube Link).