Three Sisters Falls

Area Status: Open



Elevation Change



4.5 miles

Hike/Ride Time

Full day


Moderate to Strenuous

Best Seasons

Spring, Winter

Ranger District

Palomar Ranger District - (760) 788-0250

Gaining in popularity, this often crowded, yet challenging hike takes hikers through several ecosystems before leading to the main event - three large waterfalls wedged between tall, rocky mountains. Having recently undergone some new developments, hikers will find a safer and more direct route to the falls, which alleviates the need to rock/mountain climb, lowering injury risks and casualty rates.  Those who are interested in extreme hiking, mountain climbing, rock traversing, or otherwise challenging hikes will still appreciate elements of this trail, particularly if hiking to the third waterfall or traversing the rocky bottom. The falls typically do not run in the summer months and the pool at the base of the falls gets stagnant with algae.

If you do not feel you are ready for the intensity of this hike, please reference our Recreation Trail Guide for a list of other options in this area. For more information on this hike, please see our Three Sisters Trail Spotlight Feature

At a Glance

Current Conditions: The trailhead area is currently undergoing construction.  Please park in designated areas only, do not park in areas posted: No Parking zones or block roadways. 

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Day Hiking

Status: Open
Difficulty Level: More Difficult

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


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