Millard Canyon Falls Trail

EASY 249 reviews
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Millard Canyon Falls Trail is a 2.6 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Altadena, California that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
2.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
626 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

scramble

washed out

Directions from Pasadena, CA: Travel Interstate 210 north, exit Lake Avenue and go north to Loma Alta Drive. Turn west (left) on Loma Alta and drive to the Chaney Trail (flashing yellow light). Follow signs to the campground.

hiking
4 hours ago

Gorgeous trail & waterfall! wasn't expecting to come across a campground, & definitely wouldn't mind staying there for a night.. we did see a young rattle snake on the trail, so keep your eyes peeled

10 days ago

Very buggy this time of year. Was swating bugs out of my face the entire way. Extremely shaded. Expect to pass through many rocks for the last .5 mile to the waterfall. Isn't a waterfall you can soak your feet in. Not many rocks to sit on. It was nice to touch the green moss along the waterfall. Overall not my favorite in LA county.

15 days ago

best part was the serenity along trail..so quiet and peaceful..short easy hike..had to walk over a few logs on the trail overall good trip

hiking
28 days ago

Excellent little hike. I little chilly in morning but excellent scenery, a good flowing waterfall today too!

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful after a rainy day! Will definitely come back.

hiking
1 month ago

Loved the trail!! Great for small kids and pets. Rest area with bench tables and restroom is available at the beginning of the trail. Recommend bringing your own paper or wipes and restroom not in the best condition (door doesn’t lock).
Took additional trail (Sunset Ridge Trail) on other side with amazing views overlooking Downtown LA. Other trails connect on top of Sunset trail if you have extra time and energy.

hiking
1 month ago

One of my favorite easy hikes near LA. There are never too many people, there’s always water and the terrain is shady. It starts at a nice small campground and ends at a pretty waterfall. If you want to continue to dawn mine you can. Love this hike

2 months ago

Easy hike, pretty, lots of water, nicely shaded and good for dogs. You can make the hike harder if you want to.

2 months ago

Beautiful trail mostly shady so it was nice even on an 85°+ California day. It's about a mile each way from the campground. The way in is almost entire uphill, and a bit rockier than I initially thought but not too challenging and lots of fun just watch yourself. Saw plenty of kids and dogs along the way so definitely kid friendly and such.

2 months ago

There was no internet in the woods, so I was not able to record or map where I was going. I went here with my mom and siblings (11 and 12 yrs). People said there are two trials here, one gets you to the very top and one is a shorter path. I had no idea where those are, so I just followed the sign for Millard Falls. It was fun. Easy hiking through the woods. I think it's a great walk/adventure to have with your families:)

Either get here early in the morning or late around noon when people are leaving for lunch because parking spaces are VERY limited. Some people were parking at the "No Parking" areas.

Back and forth from the parking lot to the falls takes about 1:00.

hiking
2 months ago

Great hike for families. Short hike that does include a bit of “Adventure”, creek crossings, downed trees, and rock climbing. Definitely recommend that for children under 5 you have an adult to hold hands and narrow and loose rock areas. Took a 3 & 4 year old boys and they crushed it.

The waterfall was small with a small creek at the top, but perfect for chilling and eating lunch. If it’s warm enough, definitely bring a change of close for kids and even some water shoes as it’s pretty rocky.

Parking: make sure to drive to the lower parking lot. It will save you a 1.5 mile walk uphill at the end of the trip.

All in all an easy family hike.

hiking
3 months ago

Great, easy little hike. There was a decent amount of water at the falls and in the creek. Not too strenuous. Saw lots of kids and dogs along the way. When we came back, we diverted at the little concrete spillway, crossed it, and then went left up the trail that passes below the cabins. It was an easy hike up a wide, open, sunny path, and from the top, we could see the entirety of DTLA looking all magical and far-away. It was also nice to warm up before going home. We parked at the parking lot at the very base of the hill and got there around 8:30am, so it was pretty chilly from the lot to the falls in January.

3 months ago

Relatively easy going in.. make sure to stop at the first sign at the fork and do a 180... the dirt path with an arrow pointing up is the trail.. it’s ok you are going the right way... awesome views.

hiking
3 months ago

Went on a morning hike to the Millard Falls. We parked on the 2nd parking lots towards the campground. It was a very easy hike with minimal stress. There’s a trail but its not a very marked, dirt trail. Its very nice to do a rocky and quick hike with kids to explore and dogs too.
There’s very little water but it’s still worth the hike (35min-1hr - depends how fast/slow you go) because you’re completely surrounded by the mountains.

walking
3 months ago

This is a very easy and peaceful trail. My 8 year old had no problems and we saw a toddler making his way through.

hiking
3 months ago

Hiked from the top parking lot. Watch for mountain bikers on the first downhill. The hike up the canyon has a lot of boulder and downed tree hopping. Its a bit challenging, but fun. Nicely shaded. Not too many people. Mostly families. My dog loved it.

hiking
4 months ago

Took my 6 and 8 year old on this hike and they loved it! We parked down at the lower parking lot. The hike itself is about 1.5 mile but it took us about 90 mins to do it .. we stopped often to enjoy the scenery and climb over the many rocks and look at the creek and the fallen trees... we really enjoyed this hike. At the end was a little waterfall that, although small , was peaceful and relaxing to sit and watch while eating a light snack.

4 months ago

Quiet. Easy. Serene.

4 months ago

My kids (4 & 6) first hike and now they are in love! They want to go back every weekend. Perfect for the whole family!

4 months ago

Perfect trail to take the kids out

4 months ago

This trail was a nice surprise. We brought our parents here for an easy hike and they loved it! If you follow the map, it adds mileage and some elevation. We parked at the first parking area and walked down the road to the bottom parking lot. This was a mistake. Follow the map along the trail the whole way and it’s a great hike. We did on the way back and it was a bit of a work out. Don’t follow the sign to Millard Canyon, that just leads to the lower parking lot. The waterfall was flowing a little and there’s a lot of shade. We encountered a few mountain bikers, and they were great about sharing the trail.

4 months ago

The map for this is incorrect. The map shows the trailhead way up on what is a paved road. Follow the road to the bottom to get to the parking lot for Millard Canyon Falls Trail . It comes in at 1.66 miles
RT, so a really short and easy hike.
Went in late Nov and there was still some water trickling down the fall. Overall a nice outing, but I was wishing for more mileage .

hiking
4 months ago

Easy hike but be prepared for several stream crossings. Your shoes might get wet. My kids loved going in the falls in the summer months. In December it’s still a fun hike but water is COLD!

hiking
7 months ago

Easy trail though you do have to cross the stream on several occasions, climb some rocks and climb over fallen trees. Still able to see some water at the waterfalls. Not too many mosquitoes, but enough to require some repellent. Went on a Thursday and only saw one person at the falls, and no one on the trail.

7 months ago

This trail should be upgraded to a moderate trail as the path is hard to find at times and there are places you have to climb. I didn't make it to the waterfall today due to trees being in the way and no signs pointing the way.

7 months ago

Beautiful, but short, hike to a nice waterfall. Passes can be purchased any any Big 5 store as well as ranger stations. Other outlets sell them as well.

hiking
8 months ago

Get an adventure pass before get there! There are signs posted in the parking lot that "vehicles must display pass", but no mention of where to get one.

Nice, easy hike. Go early before it get too crowded.

8 months ago

This hike was beautiful. It lacks a star just because it's not as long as I would have liked it to have been. We went out, found the falls and headed back to sunset ridge to get more of a hike in. The terrain had us sweating immensely, it's a lot of crossing over the creek. Watch out for rats. All in all pleasant hike.

8 months ago

great and easy trail.

9 months ago

This hike was a lot of fun. So many Creek crossing. Trail got a bit confusing at some points but I understand that volunteers are working hard to clear it after it's reopening. The waterfall had plenty of water this year and there were a lot of spaces for the kids to play in and explore.

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