Little Falls Trail (14E03)
ElevationAscent: 1,409' 429 m
Descent: -67' -20 m
High: 2,046' 624 m
Low: 699' 213 m
GradeAvg Grade: 10% (6°)
Max Grade: 26% (14°)
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“An isolated trail in the Santa Lucia Wilderness starting at Little Falls Trailhead and connecting to the Rinconada Trail”— Chris Fa
From the trailhead, follow a narrow but obvious singletrack trail and immediately cross a creek. The first half mile or so is flat and runs through a heavily wooded valley. There are multiple creek crossings, but the flow is heavily dependent on season. The main creek bed is only running in the winter and spring.
Continue uphill out of the dense trees onto the side of a ridge. From here, the path becomes overgrown, exposed, steep, and rocky for about a half mile. After this section, the trail dips back into the valley and again traces a creek for another half mile. The trail then begins to climb the side of a ridge and becomes overgrown, steep, and exposed again for the remainder of the hike.
It terminates on a fire road at the intersection with Rinconada Trail (14E30). The trail is easy to follow but expect for your legs to become very scratched up due to the overgrowth of spiky plant life. This section would be brutish during the summer; the first mile and a half section is definitely the most pleasant.
You may connect this hike with Rinconada Trail for a 9 mile out-and-back or connect it with Big Falls Trail for a loop.
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