Trail Canyon Falls in Sunland-Tujunga, CA

Trail Canyon Falls is a beautiful hike up to a 40-foot waterfall in Angeles National Forest. It is a 40-45 minute drive from Burbank and easy to navigate. At the beginning of the hike, you will find relative shade on the dirt road and a steady incline. About halfway in, the trail becomes more exposed with less shade.

The trail follows a creek through the mountains. As you get closer to the waterfall, the incline becomes steeper and more slippery, so wear appropriate footwear.

Once you get to the waterfall, there are two pathways you can take. You can either go to the top of the waterfall and look down on it. It’s a steep and rocky fall, so watch your footing. To get to the plunge basin of the waterfall, you have to go down a steep decline, but ropes are available to hold, so you don’t slip and fall.

This moderately challenging hike may be difficult for beginners, but it leads to a beautiful and peaceful area. It can get busy during weekends but is relatively open during weekdays.


19333 Gold Canyon Truck Trail, Sunland-Tujunga, CA 91040

Opening Times

  • Sunday – Thursday: 6 AM – 8 PM
  • Friday – Saturday: 6 AM – 10 PM


This trail is a moderately challenging route.


4.5 miles

Trail Begins

After parking, you take the North Trail Canyon Road for about a quarter-mile to the beginning of the trail. The beginning of the hike is next to a collection of cabins and is marked by a wooden post.

Gear To Bring

As the trail is slippery and rocky, wear shoes with a good grip. Bring plenty of water and protection from the sun in the exposed parts of the hike. You will also need to purchase an Adventure Pass beforehand to display in your car.


Visitors rate this trail 4.6 out of 5 stars. They enjoyed the beautiful views and waterfall at the end. However, some found it more strenuous than advertised, hot without shade, and slippery in some areas. Most visitors loved the canyon views and the shaded spots in the second half of the trail.


Dogs and cats are allowed but must be on a leash at all times.


There is no fee to hike Trail Canyon Falls. However, there is a pass required to park.

Hike Time

The average hiking time is about 2 hours and 19 minutes.

Best Seasons

The trail is beautiful to visit all year round. However, spring brings beautiful wildflowers dotted along the path. The waterfall is also slightly larger during the winter and spring.


990 ft


All visitors need to display an Adventure Pass to park. Parking can be found along Big Tujunga Canyon Road.

Route Type

Out and back

Bikes Allowed

Bikes are not allowed on this trail as it is rocky and slippery.

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