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Kitchen Creek Falls

Pacific Crest Trail
Pine Valley, CA 91962

Where to Park: 32.732110, -116.483441   Trailhead:32.732342, -116.483080

Fork: 32.747052, -116.462379   Waterfall: 32.743468, -116.467289

Hike: 4.5 miles out and back    Level: Moderate

Dog Friendly: Yes    Kid-Friendly: Yes

**Adventure Pass required**

About Kitchen Creek Falls

Kitchen Creek Falls is one of San Diego’s seasonal waterfalls, which is similar in size and characteristics to the Rancho Penasquitos Waterfall. The hike has a gradual climb that leads you into the back-country with beautiful, scenic views. You will eventually hit a small fork in the trail.  Take the fork that leads you back down the hill to find the falls.

This hike takes you along part of the Pacific Crest Trail.  Several of our hikes on this site covers parts of the PCT such as Eagle Rock and Kwaaymii Point. This hike is best done during cool weather and after we’ve received a decent amount of rain to ensure the creek is flowing.

While you’re in the area,  make sure to visit Lake Morena nearby!

The main waterfall is not easy to get to and I do not recommend anyone attempt to see it unless they are a highly experienced climber.  The rocks are slippery and you could very easily get injured.  The smaller part of the falls and the creek is very enjoyable.  I just laid there and meditated to the sound of rushing water for quite some time.  It was so relaxing.

Kitchen Creek Falls

Beautiful, little manzanita grove you get to pass through:become a member

The real waterfall is unfortunately over a sketchy boulder that I do no recommend climbing.  My friend Shane did though, and was able to grab these shots for me:

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  • zachaaarymarek
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    This place looks awesome! How steep is the sketchy waterfall climb part?

    January 29, 2020

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