Hermit Falls Trail

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Hermit Falls Trail is a 2.5 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Sierra Madre, California that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
2.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
698 feet
ROUTE TYPE
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.

3 hours ago

Short hike down on steep, cliff hugging trail but plenty of shade. Great for year-round hiking and especially in the spring time. Check out the diving pools near the end!

1 day ago

Nice place! Really recommend it

1 month ago

The hike is fairly easy and short but get there early because it shares a parking lot with a bunch of other hikes (including Mt. Wilson) and it will be full by 7am.
The falls themselves aren’t really that special and they get crowded I didn’t really care for all the graffiti. Kids will be cliff jumping, which I don’t recommend.
Not my favorite waterfall hike in the area but if you’re into jumping off of cliffs, it’s an option.

hiking
2 months ago

6-10 hike for

rock climbing
2 months ago

The trail down to the waterfall is nice. Went on a weekday and there were a good amount of people just hanging out near the falls. I don't know how people cliff dive here, looks terrifying! To get down to the pool is pretty hard although there is a rope provided.

The fall in itself is nice aside from all the tagging ):

2 months ago

It was beautiful, except the graffiti. Waterfalls were amazing.

2 months ago

Great trail!

hiking
3 months ago

Fun to get to! Has a tricky ladder at the end that you have to go down. The forest that you go through is beautiful. I just didn't like the graffiti tags on the rocks and not much to really see at the end. But in the end I would hike it again for sure.

3 months ago

nice place .

4 months ago

the trail is a lot of fun and Lush scenery unfortunately taggers got in there and ruined some of the beauty of the scenery still worth the trip but the last 50 or 75 yards to hermit Falls is very difficult and we didn't attempt it

4 months ago

Nice easy hike down to riverbed then along it to the pools. Id call it hermit pools. Saw cliff jumping into the pools while there. Amaaazing lushness around the river. 3 stream crossings.

4 months ago

Very sad to say this place has been ruined over the past 10 years or so by an influx of graffiti, trash and degradative gang culture using it as a hangout to drink and play loud (terrible) music. What a shame.

hiking
4 months ago

I’ve been here back in 2012 and again recently and it looked so different I almost didn’t recognize it. There was sooo much graffiti and trash! Very crowded with lots of young adults playing their loud music and drinking beers and trashing the place. I cliff jumped into the water last time but not this time around, too many rude people and it made me feel uncomfortable. If you do decide to do this hike, please bring a bag with you to pick up trash. It’s a small effort that could really make a difference and it doesn’t hurt anyone.

4 months ago

Fun hike, but so much graffiti and trash! Parking is difficult, suggestion use Uber.

hiking
5 months ago

great little hike to start on. narrow trails, that take you on gradual slopes. when you arrive its a little anti climatic as you are approaching from the top of the falls, but a quick scramble down the rocks can lead to great photos. dogs may haveca hard time after the falls as drops down the boulders are a few feet or more. great hike to do in conjuction with sturtvant as you can follor the right side of the river to the bridge and connect with the more popular trail.

5 months ago

Great place, my legs were hurting by the end of the day. I will be returning. parking permit are only needed at the starting trail, when you see the sign that says permits are sold at the store. they only take cash.

6 months ago

Too much graffiti on the rocks. People need to respect nature.

6 months ago

Late review about a month. My friend and I were quite surprised at how easy of a hike this was. Getting to the falls was no problem. it was the falls that was the problem. There were none. There were only stagnant pools of water that people enjoyed jumping into. Coming back, we realized why the hike was so easy. we were going down. Going up was pretty inclined and strenuous because my friend and I were not very fit.

7 months ago

Great Trail

hiking
7 months ago

By far the most scenic hike at chantry flats and has less traffic than Sturtevant Falls. However the waterfall at Sturtevant is bigger and more captivating.

hiking
7 months ago

It's beautiful and fun. Getting there is easy and all down hill but the way back is uphill so you might need a couple breaks. Overall it's not too hard and is very enjoyable. Make sure to get your pass or bring $$ for parking.

hiking
7 months ago

Challenging for beginners but very do-able. Lots of shade. Unfortunately we went when the water was running low, but still a beautiful trail. The waterfall is good except for the graffiti every where around the rocks, took away from the natural beauty. Recommend jumping into the water if you can.

7 months ago

Nice trail with lots of shade and follows river
however, way too much graffiti and trash. so sad.

7 months ago

Nice trail. Drive all the way to the hill with nice scenery. First part of the hike is on the pavement going downhill, then on dirt road with nice shade all the way to waterfall. Love it! Great view and shades!

8 months ago

cliff jumping

hiking
8 months ago

First things first..... bring $5 CASH for parking! There are several small trails when you go to hermit falls. I went on the Sturtevant trail which ended with a waterfall. It’s beautiful... possible engagement photo shoot location for folks. Along the trail you will see small cabins and a few creeks. Great lower body workout

8 months ago

Not bad, all of the graffiti on the rocks was disappointing.

8 months ago

7 years ago

9 months ago

Short trail but with some great swimming holes

9 months ago

It’s easy to walk in beautiful to see

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