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7 Falls

7 Falls

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For:Agility required, rock hopping, short

7 Falls (and 3 Pools) hikes are probably the most fun of all the Tunnel Trail hikes. Neither is easy, but both are fun because of the opportunity to go for a dip in the creek. Most people in some kind of decent shape can handle these hikes, but because of the rock hopping most people end up a little sore the next day.

The trail begins on a paved access road that the Edison Company uses. After a mile the road turns to dirt and you follow it just a little more toward the turnoff to Inspiration Pt. Instead of going to Inspiration Pt, you turn right and slosh your way up the creek to 7 Falls.

The hike is about 2 or 3 miles round trip with an elevation gain of about 800 ft.

Please note: Parking at the trailhead is limited and strict. You must park behind the white line or else they really do ticket and tow. It is a congested neighborhood and parking within the white line helps emergency vehicles get through. Please be courteous to car traffic as you walk up and down the road and let residents get through. Please keep dogs on leash because there is a flock of free-range chickens that lives in the area. Residents have been pretty vocal about the traffic and safety issues in the area and your courtesy will keep the trailhead open.

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7 Falls Updates

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Posted: September 11, 2012, 12:26 am
by: naturemommalala

Aug 17th 2012-
Hiked/ climbed creek past 7 falls. Completely dry. 1 of Three pools has a tiny bit of water that all the local critters were bathing in, Swam with two snakes and several salamander. Water level was very low. Do a rain dance to bring some seriously needed rainfall this season~[/img]

Posted: July 21, 2012, 3:21 pm
by: ArianaQ

Hiked 7 Falls today (July 21, 2012) and the creek was completely dry unfortunately. Still pretty fun to boulder hop up the creek bed although there was no water to cool us off.

Posted: June 13, 2011, 2:50 pm
by: billkelly1313

I hiked this trail on 6/4/11 and it was great. Lots of water and beauty was everywhere. The trail had lots of poison oak around so be mindful of it. The water was extremely cold. I was great weather. You should use plenty of team work on this trail due to difficulty over some of the large rocks. It was overall an excellent hike. steep

Posted: February 17, 2010, 9:11 pm
by: Spudnic

Just hiked it today all the way round trip... It was nice and the water was cold.. steep

Posted: July 23, 2009, 4:34 pm
by: p

Was wondering what the time frame of this trail being open is it open or closed?

Posted: March 26, 2009, 3:32 pm
by: katie

I hiked this Monday and the waterfalls are all basically dried up. Still an amazing hike, but not much water...

Posted: August 25, 2008, 4:20 pm
by: BillV

I believe that 7 Falls is basically dried up at this time of year. Right now it's for rock climbing. I've run into several others who were similarly wondering where the falls were. For water, which Haley and I want, try Rattlesnake, Cold Spring, or San Ysidro. There's running water on all three, though it's significantly less than in the winter months.

Posted: August 23, 2008, 11:03 am
by: solidcell

I went yesterday and there wasn't any running water on 7 Falls. Still great weather and a lot of fun though.

The creek you cross over the bridge on had water though.

Posted: March 13, 2008, 4:38 pm
by: BillV

This post is more about Jesusita than 7 Falls but since my major points are about the latter, I'll post it here.

I went hiking yesterday with the intention of going up Jesusita to Inspiration Point with Haley, a golden retriever. At the bridge we climbed down to the stream and started rock hopping upstream. Much fun, had to lift her up one waterfall that was too high for her to climb up. Eventually a trail began appearing on the east side of the stream and we finally reached the point where Jesusita crosses the stream and 7 Falls officially begins. We took the trail from that point to the peak.

What I don't understand is why this lower part is not listed as part of the 7 Falls hike. Seems to me that it should be.

Hauled out bagged dog poop left by others on the trail. Saw orange peels at the peak. Trail was in good condition with enough water in the stream to make it interesting.

By the way, the topo map incorrectly lists the peak as the junction of Jesusita and Tunnel trails. The junction is actually to the east, just across the tunnel.

Posted: December 27, 2007, 4:15 pm
by: Ra nay nayy

WOW. 7 falls was b-e-a-u-tiful! Walking up to 7 falls was a bit decieving for there was no water. But as we started hiking there was a little bit here and there. But as soon as we got to the falls it was rushing down!

The 3 of us did not know our way, so that was a little risky. Luckily there were other people passing us, and we were able to ask for directions.

I had a blast rock hopping! we sat down and ate lunch at the last fall. the water was freezing!

We traveled through the creek bed, and we wanted to go back on a trail so we hiked up to the top of the mountain(no trail) to try to find a trail. Confused I don't recommend people doing that. For there was NO trail and lots of branchs scratching me everywhere. As soon as we got to the top we found out there was no trail, so we started all the way back again. I was scared we were going to get lost, but boy what an adventure!

LOTS of poisen oak near the creek bed! be careful.

But overall hiking to see the 7 falls was great. I would not recomend smaller kids, because they won't be able to get over the boulders.

And it was enjoyable to have DAISY! a yellow labrador ,hiking with us. She lives on tunnel road, but shes around the trails greeting everybody. don't be alarmed she is friendly, and she grows on you even if your not a dog lover!