Three Sisters Falls



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. Recently having undergone some new development, hikers will find a safer and more direct route to the falls, which alleviate the need to rock/mountain climb and lower 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. Those who are new to hiking, or are hiking the trail for the first time, should attempt to complete this in the cooler winter or spring months and allow ample time for the trip down and back out. It is not uncommon to see several heat related air rescues on any given day during the summer months. If you choose to hike this in hotter weather, start early and take at least a gallon of water per person. 

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

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