Hermit Falls Trail

MODERATE 196 reviews
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Hermit Falls Trail is a 2.7 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
2.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1171 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.

7 days ago

tranquillity at it's finest. Lots of coverage from trees .

hiking
9 days ago

Very beautiful and a great workout on the way back up.

hiking
16 days ago

Graffiti kinda ruins things. It's fun to take the alternate route back that meets at the foot bridge (except for that climb back to the parking lot)... maybe going counter-clockwise would be better?

19 days ago

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23 days ago

hiked on a memorial day, and finding parking was killer (possibly even more than the hike itself). the hike to the falls was simple - mostly downhill getting to the falls (which by the way, has cliff jumping on certain conditions) and uphill coming back.

23 days ago

Loved it.. Very pretty down below.. Dirty at the falls pick up your trash!!

hiking
24 days ago

26 days ago

26 days ago

Really good hike with switch backs through the river. Lots of green and heavily shaded areas with a great ending in reaching the water pools and rock area. Bring food and snacks for a break there. It's about a 2 hour round trip.

1 month ago

Easy trail that's half shaded and half sunny. Short hike but I always love the waterfall at the end. A shame there's trash and graffiti, but there's some good spots to jump off the cliff into the deep pool below! A little sketchy when going down to the bottom to look up. Would also recommend doing Sturtavent Falls (another short but beautiful hike right down the road)

hiking
1 month ago

Fun cliff jumping, extremely cold water

hiking
1 month ago

Yesterday I went on what I would consider a beautiful hike that I was totally loving until I got to the waterfall at the end. What should've been a beautiful natural site ended up being a dump. Trash EVERYWHERE--a dirty diaper, bottles, multiple socks, cigarette butts, wrappers-- and tagging and graffiti all along the rocks of the waterfall and pools. Not to mention beer and other bottles and garbage along parts of the trail. There was a box full of empty bottles someone didn't pack out. I was so upset. Would have given this a 4/5 if it weren't for the garbage and graffiti.

1 month ago

Great scenic trail

1 month ago

Great trail, kinda short and super cold water but over all really fun

1 month ago

Awesome trail! Very diverse scenery. The top of the hike is mostly open air and is hot on sunny days. Once you get down some switch backs you arrive in a heavily wooded area that is green all year round. There is flowing water almost the whole way down the trail to the falls. The waterfall is beautiful and very nice to swim in, but also VERY cold. Bring a towel.

2 months ago

Don't go off the trail and don't do this hike if you are new to hiking.
Toned my body pretty fast!

hiking
2 months ago

Short but good singletrack and nature life

hiking
2 months ago

Cliff jumping at the end