The Best of Banning State Park
ElevationAscent: 222' 68 m
Descent: -220' -67 m
High: 1,106' 337 m
Low: 980' 299 m
GradeAvg Grade: 2% (1°)
Max Grade: 10% (6°)
“See the remnants of the old Banning Quarry, run Hell's Gate Trail, and see Wolf Creek Falls.”— Kevin Killingbeck
After you reach the end, head back to the start of Hell's Gate Trail and take a left at the fork to continue. Take a left onto Deadman Trail, this will lead you uphill. When you reach High Bluff Trail, turn left, this will lead you to Wolf Creek Trail. Taking another left will lead you to Wolf Creek Falls.
Closer to Wolf Creek Falls, the trail becomes more difficult to follow due to its smooth rock surface. Continue working your way south until you reach the edge of this area; from here, you should be able to see the trail continue on. At this point, you'll have to find a way down to where the trail continues, some scrambling could be involved. Not far from here is a map sign, and the top of Wolf Creek Falls is to the right. From the top of the falls, you should be able to see a way to get to the side of the pool for a better view.
Once you've enjoyed your time at the falls, retrace your steps back to High Bluff Trail, but this time, continue on Wolf Creek Trail, pass the campground and take a right on Spur Trail. This will lead you to the upper part of Quarry Loop Trail, continuing on will lead you back to the parking area.
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