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Tiptoe Falls Hike Information

The short and relatively easy trail to Tiptoe Falls makes this hike enjoyable for the whole family. You’ll find this waterfall on Fall Creek—a short, steep tributary of Pescadero Creek.

Watch for:

As you walk, keep your eyes peeled for banana slugs, salamanders, and newts.

Hiking Details for the Trail to Tiptoe Falls

Distance: 1.6 miles

Elevation change: 500 feet

Hiking time: 1 hour

Trail surface: mixed

Best Season: Winter, spring (to see the waterfalls)

Managing agency: California Department of Parks and Recreation

Parking lot location: Click here for directions

Overview: The trail to Tiptoe Falls is a quick out and back trail to a pretty waterfall fed by Fall Creek. The upper tier cascades out of dense undergrowth into a small pool. The creek then travels through a small meadow before falling over the lower tier of the Falls. It’s best to visit after there has been some rain, since it tends to dry out during the summer months.

From the park headquarters, follow Portola State Park Road south to the Trail to Tiptoe Falls. If you come during the rainy season, be aware that the trail may be wet; walk to the side to avoid soggy shoes!

Directions to the Tiptoe Falls Hike

From 280, exit at Page Mill Road. Head west, and follow Page Mill Road for about 11.5 winding miles, until you cross Skyline Blvd. Stay straight, continuing on Alpine Road for about 3.5 more miles. Take a slight left onto Portola State Park Road.

More About Portola Redwoods State Park

Portola Redwoods State Park contains a diverse forest including coast redwoods, Douglas fir, and the endangered Santa Cruz cypress tree. You’ll also find tan oak, madrone, California bay laurel, canyon live oak, big leaf maple, and California wax myrtle throughout the park. The creeks that run through the park are home to silver salmon and steelhead trout. With 18 miles of trails, a family campground, group campsites, and a trail camp for backpackers, there are plenty of options for exploration.

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