Zuma/Trancas Canyons: Upper Zuma Canyon
Hiking Distance: 1.5 Miles Round Trip Hiking Time: 1 Hour Configuration: Out-And-Back Elevation Gain: 200 Feet Difficulty: Easy
Exposure: Mostly Shaded With Some Exposed Areas Dogs: Allowed
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Newton Canyon Falls Is A 30-Foot Waterfall In A Lush, Thickly Vegetated, Water-Worn Grotto With Mossy Rocks, Sandstone Caves, And A Tangle Of Vines. The Hidden Cataract On Newton Creek Drops Off A Vertical Limestone Wall A Short Distance From The Creek’S Confluence With Zuma Creek. At The Base Of The Falls Are Large Shaded Boulders Under A Canopy Of Sycamores, Bay Laurel, And Oaks. (The Falls And Creek May Not Be Flowing If The Season Has Been Exceptionally Dry.)
The Hike Begins On The First Section Of The Upper Zuma Canyon Trail Hike 117 In The Zuma/Trancas Canyons Area. The Trail Is A Segment Of The Backbone Trail That Runs Between Kanan Dume Road And Encinal Canyon.
To The Trailhead
From Santa Monica, Drive 18 Miles Northbound On The Pacific Coast Highway/Highway 1 To Kanan Dume Road (5.8 Miles West Of Malibu Canyon Road). Turn Right And Drive 4.4 Miles North To The Trailhead Parking Lot On The Left (West). The Parking Lot Is Located Just After The First Tunnel (T- !)
From The Ventura Freeway/Highway 101 In Agoura Hills, Exit On Kanan Road. Drive 7.9 Miles South To The Trailhead Parking Lot On The Right (West). The Parking Lot Is Located Just Before Entering The Third Tunnel (T-L). (Kanan Road Becomes Kanan Dume Road South Of Mulholland Highway.)
Hike West, Away From Kanan Dume Road, On The Signed Backbone Trail (The Upper Zuma Canyon Trail). The Trail Immediately Begins Its Descent From The Open Chaparral Into The Shady Canyon. After Crossing The Trickling Newton Creek, A Side Trail On The Left Leads 20 Yards To Sandstone Rocks At The Top Of
The Falls. The Main Trail Continues 100 Yards Downhill To A Second Cutoff Trail On The Left. Take This Steep Side Path Downhill Through A Forest Of Oaks, Sycamores, And Bay Laurels To The Creek, Bearing To The Left On The Descent. Once At The Creek, Hike Upstream Along The Path. Fifty Yards Up The Narrow Canyon Is A Lush Grotto At The Base Of Newton Canyon Falls.
The Main Trail Continues 1.9 Miles Northwest To The Zuma Ridge Trail, Entering The Rugged Zuma Canyon With Its Steep Volcanic Cliffs (Hike 117). Return By Retracing Your Steps.