San Diego: PCT to Kitchen Creek Falls

Hike a chaparral-covered slope in Cleveland National Forest to a view of Mexico. Then cool off at the falls, a series of cascades and swimming holes alongside smooth granite boulders.
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Hike a chaparral-covered slope in Cleveland National Forest to a view of Mexico. Then cool off at the falls, a series of cascades and swimming holes alongside smooth granite boulders.

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 11.9

Waypoints

KCF001

Location: 32.7319259643555, -116.483413696289

Cross road to Pacific Crest Trail marker, head L

KCF002

Location: 32.7284622192383, -116.474449157715

L @ 3-way uphill

KCF003

Location: 32.7476692199707, -116.451194763184

Straight @ 4-way with paved Kitchen Creek Rd.

KCF004

Location: 32.7715911865234, -116.438980102539

Straight @ 4-way with Fred Canyon Rd.

KCF005

Location: 32.7806930541992, -116.437515258789

Ridge Top and turnaround spot. The farthest hills to the SE are in Mexico, 20 mi. away

KCF006

Location: 32.7408981323242, -116.465507507324

R @ 3-way onto unmarked trail to falls; straight to return to car (to hike directly to falls from trailhead, turn L here @ 1.99 mi.)

KCF007

Location: 32.7425308227539, -116.465438842773

L @ 3-way downstream

KCF008

Location: 32.7429962158203, -116.466186523438

Top of falls area; L to scramble to view of the big falls, a 40-ft. drop into a series of pools; R to swimming hole

KCF009

Location: 32.7432479858398, -116.466117858887

Creek side at small falls and swimming hole; backtrack to PCT to complete 12.6-mi. hike