There’s a magical place that exists just off Lake Georgetown. You can access it via kayak if you come from the lake, or you can hike down to the falls starting at Cedar Breaks Park. Either way, it’s worth it to experience the magic of Crockett Gardens and Falls in Georgetown!
This fun and challenging hike awaits you in Georgetown and would make a fun spring break outing. It’s definitely more challenging on a hotter day, which means this upcoming week would be perfect weather for this hike. We just love hikes that have waterfalls, it makes them feel extra special!
Crockett Gardens and Falls in Georgetown
1065 EAGLE POINT DR, GEORGETOWN
Hours/ When To Go
6 a.m. – 10 p.m. On hot days, the parking lot will be full by mid-morning. It was almost empty in the afternoon when we went because no one wanted to hike out in the hottest part of the day. If you go on a cooler day, it would probably be less crowded to go early in the morning.
Where to Park
Park at Cedar Breaks Park. You have to pay to camp here, but hiking is free. Follow the sign for the San Gabriel River Trail.
This is not a good hike for younger/less experienced hikers. Bring a baby carrier for the babies/toddlers. This is definitely not a stroller-friendly hike. There are steps, rocks, and hills along the trail. The hike to the falls is about two and a half miles (one way!) and five miles round trip is a lot- even for my older, very experienced at hiking kids. If you find the short cut (jumping down a five foot tall wall), it can save you about a mile. But just remember you have to scale that wall to get back up on your way back! Not very easy with babies.
Most of the trail is shady, but there isn’t much shade once you reach the falls. Don’t forget to pack lots of water and snacks to help keep everyone going. The terrain is rocky and can be hilly at parts. For us it was far- 2.5 miles to the falls. 5 miles total. There is a short cut that cuts out about a mile if you’re willing/able to scale a 5 foot rock wall. Most parts of the trail are shady which helps if you go on a super hot day. If you get super hot, there are spots to cliff-jump into the lake along the way. Braver kids may want to jump in and cool off.
Once you reach the falls, you will be so glad you came! They are refreshing and will cool you off if it’s a hot day. Be careful stepping inside- it is very slippery! Make sure you are wearing good water hiking shoes like Keens. There isn’t really anywhere shady surrounding the falls, so you may want to save your picnic until you are able to find some shade. We found a tiny bit near the falls and just set up there, because everyone was so exhausted from the hike.