Last Sunday we packed our bags with a bunch of water bottles and went on an adventure. It had been so long since last time I went hiking so I was beyond excited! Dan read about this easy/moderate hiking trail in Malibu that was supposed to be very nice, with amazing views of some beautiful mansions and Escondido Falls. It was a 40 minute drive from our place so we thought it was worth to check it out. It’s unbelievable how one month in Los Angeles has changed my relative concept of ‘distances’.
We left the car at the entrance of the Escondido Canyon park and followed the road leading to the hiking trail. It was a long walk but the view of the nice houses paid off. I was hoping to see some celebrities getting out of their mansion or taking a bath in their swimming pools, but that never happened (I wanted to take a million-dollar photo!). Anyways, the first part of the path was relatively easy and not difficult to follow, so I took my time to snap some shots of the colorful flowers and leaves.
The trail was nice but I was so disappointed when I saw that the waterfalls were completely dry. I didn’t expect them to be in full effect but come on – at least give me a little trickle! No luck. When we were at the lower fall taking a break to drink some water, we saw a group of people climbing up a rocky hill. We couldn’t stop our curiosity so we decided to try it out and see what was there.
Honestly, I didn’t expect the climb to the upper waterfalls to be that dangerous, but it ended up being a good workout. There was a lot of loose dirt and rocks that were falling off as people climbed. I saw kids climbing up the mountain and it made me so nervous thinking that they could easily fall off. There are some ropes tied that help you along the way, but for the most part you depend exclusively on your hands and feet. I read some reviews from people who have had accidents climbing those rocks, so make sure you take your time and watch your step if you decide to go.
We didn’t make it to the top because we saw that the biggest waterfall was also dry and it was starting to get very hot. We enjoyed the beauty of the Malibu mountains though. Climbing back down was definitely the scariest part of the hiking, but the most rewarding at the same time. I love putting myself in risky situations and feel the adrenaline rush. We had so much fun, and that night took me literally 1.5 seconds to fall asleep – so exhausted!