Rain brings seasonal waterfalls back to the Santa Monica Mountains

Seasonal waterfalls have returned to the Santa Monica Mountains to start the New Year after a series of December storms that brought record-breaking rainfall in some local areas after Christmas.

According to the Los Angeles office of the National Weather Service, up to six inches of rain was measured in parts of the mountain range during the last storm, which lasted about three days through late 2021.

This helped replenish popular attractions in the Santa Monica Mountains Recreation Area.

Rangers highlighted the Sycamore Canyon Falls in particular this week.

“If you’ve never been there … then you can treat yourself to something,” said Ranger in a Facebook post on Monday.

In dry years, the waterfall can potentially be reduced to a trickle during the wetter winter months, the Post said. Now it flows with water thanks to the recent rains.

Located in the Newbury Park section of the mountain range, the waterfall can be reached on a moderate hike that covers a total of three miles.

The trail has been attracting crowds of visitors lately, so hikers are encouraged to come early or late to avoid the crowds. Officials advised visitors to prepare with walking shoes or shoes with a good profile and to bring trekking poles, as they described some stream crossings as “almost insidious”.

Information on how to access the Sycamore Canyon Falls waterfall can be found here.

While most of the waterfalls in the resort area and its sprawling 500 miles of hiking trails are seasonal, there are some that can be toured year-round.

One example is the waterfall in Solstice Canyon, and it’s considered the area’s most popular feature, officials said.


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