Hermit Falls Trail

MODERATE 103 reviews
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Hermit Falls Trail is a 2.7 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Sierra Madre, CA that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

2.7 miles 764 feet Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

From the Foothill Freeway (I-210) in Arcadia, take the Santa Anita Avenue exit and drive north to Chantry Flat, 4.6 miles.


1 month ago

hiking

So we got lost at first. So here are a few tips so u don't do the same : 1) when you get to the parking lot go down onto the pavement road behind the bathrooms 2) a couple of minutes later ( depending on how fast you go) your going to see a sign on the right hand side of the road that says "hermit falls", and it leads to a narrow dirt path, follow it!! 3) your gunna go down it and then you'll reach a water base and when you reach that go right, after that just follow the trail and have fun jumping off


1 month ago

If you're looking for scenery look no further, this place is beautiful! Hiked to sturtevant falls then hermit falls took me about 4 hours stopping at both falls. Definitely recommend this hike


1 month ago

hiking

Very enjoyable hike! I parked at the top, walked down and started the hike from the bottom, pretty crowded at the falls but nice, then I returned using the upper trail that takes you back to the top parking area!


1 month ago

hiking

It was great! The trail is easy to navigate through and the tiny lake at the bottom made for some fun hangouts with other hikers. Very fun trail.


1 month ago


1 month ago

hiking

Very narrow trail, got to the bottom very pack with a bunch of teenagers jumping into the water off the cliff recommend not going on the weekend.


1 month ago

hiking

Really enjoyed the hike. I would consider it a moderate to easy hike. I loved the scenery. I recommend that people use plenty of bug spray. The mosquitoes and flies were relentless.


2 months ago

hiking

I have been coming here for a few years. I start with the Sturtevant Falls trail and then on to Hermit falls. Starting from the bottom near the bridge along the Sturtevant falls trail is where you can start. The trail today was overgrown a bit and I was not clear on the path on the first part but keeping going. You will pass over three water streams along the way. The water is not deep and it is easy to pass over. I encountered a neat looking gecko. Bring some swimming clothes if you want a thrill and jump from the cliffs into the water. Or you can watch :) You might also want to bring a bag to help pick up the trash and bottles around the falls. We can all do our part in making this a better place :)


2 months ago

definitely a really good hike


2 months ago


2 months ago

hiking

Too bad it's a lot of graffiti and trash all over the place


2 months ago


2 months ago

hiking

Amazing experience, waterfall was a tad disappointing but besides that everything was gorgeous.


3 months ago

Been coming here for years, parking sucks come early. Beautiful scenery I love the crisp air, be careful if you decide to jump into the pools, many have died here sadly.


3 months ago

hiking

For the average hiker, Hermit Falls Trail should be a pretty easy/moderate hike. Please make sure you stay on the trail and don’t cut because it appears to be a quicker route. We watched this lady try to cut up a steep incline with her dog to save some time. She really struggled and almost went down the hillside. The trailhead is clearly marked. It proceeds to a series of switch backs down the mountain to the valley below. Once at the bottom, follow the river down the mountain some ways. It’ll lead you to the falls. Hermit Falls a smaller set of falls compared to the Sturtevant Falls just up the mountain some ways. After a few days of rain, the pool bellow is deep enough to swim in to. Be careful though, it is difficult to get down to the bottom. My friend and I did both Hermit Falls and Sturtevant Falls in the same day. Total time was about five to six hours if you leisurely walk it and hang out at both falls. Be safe and enjoy!


3 months ago

perfect for hiking! if you're trying to find the waterfall, it could be difficult to find. there's not to many signs that lead to it. you just have to explore (:


3 months ago


3 months ago

hiking

I loved this hike! A lot of trash on the ground but everything was so lush. The falls were flowing nicely as well.


3 months ago

hiking

Beautiful, once you get into the shady area there are creeks and waterfalls. Unfortunately, some of the scenery is ruined by quite a lot of graffiti. At the end of the trail you can jump into the waterfall theres a 30 & 50ft drop. Be very careful how and where you land if you plan to do it.
P.S. The hike down is easy, the difficult part is going back up. Slight incline.


4 months ago

hiking