Hiking to Kitchen Creek Falls on the PCT

This is a picture of the hike looking away from Kitchen Creek Falls Hike

So earlier in the day, I went to the very beginning of the PCT because I wanted to see what it was like. If you would like to see my post about the beginning of the PCT Click Here. So I also wanted to do some hiking. So I found a place to hike on the PCT and the hike I did was to a place called Kitchen Creek Falls.

So I parked on the side of the road on Old Highway 80 in a small parking lot called Boulder Oaks Trailhead.

Parking to hike the Kitchen Creek Falls hike on the PCT

Now at the Boulder Oaks Trailhead parking lot. I read that you needed a National Forest Adventure Pass. I found this information at
1. Recreation Passes & Permits
2. Recreation Fee Areas and Sites.

If you would like to read more about the National Forest Adventure Pass then Click Here. There are many different stores you can buy a pass from just check out their website. You can see I posted my Adventure Pass on my dash.

Daily Parking permit needed to park in the parking lot

So I finally got everything ready for me to hike. Got all of the camera gear and the backpack ready. So I’m off to the Kitchen Creek Falls. I haven’t hiked in awhile so I was really happy to be able to get out there again. In the picture of my car being parked. The trail started on the other side of the road that I parked my car. One of the first places you will pass is under highway 8.
Hiking under Highway 8 on the PCT in California

The Trail heading to Kitchen Creek Falls on the PCT

No one was out hiking when I started, it was nice and peaceful. I don’t mind when there are other people but I also enjoy just being out there by myself. But I got about a mile in and I saw someone coming over the hill. We both saw each other and we waved at each other. When we started to get closer I could see that this guy that was hiking had both of his feet wrapped. They were wrapped in some kind of towels. When we got close enough to say hi, I said hi and that is when I learned that this man was Mexican because he spoke no English. I also don’t speak Spanish so there wasn’t much small talk. But we both did as good as we could and then when he was walking away he turned around and said something.

I figured that he was probably thirty so I asked if he needed “agua”. He shook his head so I took out the only water bottle I had and gave it to him. I’m pretty sure he was illegal and was heading back to Mexico, which it didn’t bother me at all. I was just glad that I could help him. Then we both went opposite ways. Then later I passed a fence and I saw a hole because it was cut. Then when I looked closer I could see there was some kind of device and I could only think that it was to take pictures of people trying to sneak through the fence.

Hole in the fence on the PCT Trail with some kind of device

I continued to walk towards the Kitchen Creek Falls and the flowers were out and just gorgeous.

Light Purple flower on the PCT hike hiking to the Kitchen Creek Falls
Yellow flower on the PCT hike hiking to the Kitchen Creek Falls
Purple flower on the PCT hike hiking to the Kitchen Creek Falls

While walking down the trail and I was getting close to the Kitchen Creek Falls. I saw another group of people. This time there were 3 people. This time I was able to talk to them. They were looking for the same thing I was. But they came from the other direction. So later I looked at the map and it looks like you can hike from another place. Which was north of the Kitchen Creek Falls and looked a little bit of a shorter hike. I finally reached the Falls and it was very pretty. There was water flowing so it made it even better.

The area on top of the Kitchen Creek Falls

I also decided to hike to the bottom of the waterfall so that I could get an even better view.

At the bottom of the Kitchen Creek Falls

At the bottom of the Kitchen Creek Falls

I was glad that I did, but I didn’t find an easy way down. So it wasn’t the easiest of hikes. The hike out of the bottom wasn’t the most fun either, there was no trail so I had to climb up the side of the hill. But I did get a good workout from that part.

This is the hill that is next to Kitchen Creek Falls on the PCT

Hiking up from the bottom of Kitchen Creek Falls I passed this plant

Looking down to Kitchen Creek Falls on the PCT

So after I hiked out from the bottom of the falls.  I started back to my car.  I was having a great time and there was so much of nature to see.  The following images are some of the nature I saw out there.

Yellow Flower on the Kitchen Creek Falls hike on the PCT
Orange Flower on the Kitchen Creek Falls hike on the PCT
Blue Flower on the Kitchen Creek Falls hike on the PCT
White Flower on the Kitchen Creek Falls hike on the PCT
Yellow Flower on the Kitchen Creek Falls hike on the PCT
White Flower on the Kitchen Creek Falls hike on the PCT

Then during the hike, I also was seeing a lot of lizards and I was lucky to be able to get 3 of them to stand still so that I could get their pictures.

Lizard on the Kitchen Creek Falls hike on the PCT
Lizard on the Kitchen Creek Falls hike on the PCT
Lizard on the Kitchen Creek Falls hike on the PCT

I was getting close to the end of the hike I just hiked under the highway 8 again and I wasn’t far from where I parked. The last thing I saw was the gate that I had to walk through.

The gate you have to walk through to get to the Kitchen Creek Falls on the PCT Trail

After the hike I was hungry and I really wanted to have some tacos. I’m not talking about the taco bell kind of tacos. I want the real authentic Mexican type of tacos. So I looked up what was close and El Paso Taco Shop in Campo is what I found. I was so happy I did. They were great and I couldn’t believe that 3 tacos filled me up so much.


Two Shrimp Tacos from El Paso in Campo California
Fish taco from El Paso in Campo California

After eating it was time to drive back home. I was driving and while I was driving the sun was setting and it was just a great end to the day to see that awesome sunset.
Sunset near Campo California

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