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Millard Canyon Falls Trail

MODERATE 335 reviews
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Millard Canyon Falls Trail is a 2.6 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Altadena, California that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, trail running, and nature trips and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 2.6 miles Elevation Gain: 564 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

trail running

forest

partially paved

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

scramble

washed out

Note that hikers may need to purchase a parking pass to prevent getting a parking ticket.

hiking
7 days ago

Great hike for kiddos. It’s short and not too difficult.

hiking
bugs
over grown
rocky
scramble
11 days ago

This was definitely an interesting hike! I probably would’ve moved a lot faster if not for all the overgrown pathways and constant buzzing of bees. Like many others have warned, BE AWARE OF POISON OAK AND IVY along the foot paths!! Also, when you are almost down to the campground/pavement, you might hear the buzzing of a bees nest. I am allergic, so that freaked me out a bit. However, I didn’t see any bees swarming near trees. The buzzing was just very noticeable. Once you keep hiking past the campground, you’ll notice a lot of rock scrambles and creeks you have to cross. It’s not too bad. The waterfall was a little scarce but still fun to take a dip in. I also saw a small bobcat on my way out. Would definitely be back.

hiking
20 days ago

Nice trail with lots of shade and very pretty waterfall at the end. It’s busier than dawn mine, almost all after the campsite, which had a number of campers, which was nice to see. Lots of climbing up and around rocks on the way to the waterfall.

hiking
24 days ago

We really enjoyed the hike at Millard Canyon Falls! Shady trail down to the campground and the trail continues to the waterfall fallowing the river. There was a lot of poison ivy and poison oak by our feet and around us where you could easily brush off against them if you are not careful! Thanks for someone mentioning it here, so we paid attention as we hiked :-)

hiking
bugs
rocky
24 days ago

Bring bug spray and be prepared to get your feet wet!

hiking
28 days ago

California Newts!

hiking
1 month ago

It’s an easy trail. Fun a lot of shade. Good for kids family. Park on the side won’t need parking permits.

hiking
bugs
1 month ago

This is a nice trail. Really enjoyed the falls at the end. Poison oak present so be careful!

Nice, small hike. Pretty easy. Lots of criss-crossing streams. Great choice for amateurs and the time-constrained.

hiking
1 month ago

Remember to buy a parking pass!

hiking
over grown
scramble
2 months ago

Gorgeous Mother’s Day hike. Not much parking. We got to the trail around 8 and parked a little down the road. Trails a bit overgrown but makes for a fun trail. Trail is narrow (1 person) and a challenge when there’re bikers. The last mile was beautiful with the trickling of the creek. Plenty of shade and a little scrambling around rocks and a few creek crossings. Millard Falls was beautiful and shallow. Not too many people when we got there but got busier as we head down. My husband clocked 5 miles because we missed the turn off at the trail head.

hiking
scramble
2 months ago

Great hike. Nice and shady. Grass has shot up to hang over the early switchbacks, so pants might make be advisable to make that more comfortable. Creek crossings are dry possible, but was easier to have boots to make it easy. Parking at the trailhead is like 7 spots. A couple were free when we went out around 10am on a Wed.

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful easy trail! Great for kids and shady most of the way. Way less crowded than Eaton Canyon and no graffiti!

hiking
2 months ago

Short easy hike, great for little kids. Very pretty right now. Some creek crossing and a couple places to scramble across low boulders. Waterfall is nice cool spot to picnic on a weekday when not too crowded.

hiking
2 months ago

DON’T FORGET to get a parking pass. As we drove out we saw oooodles of cars with tickets. The actual parking lots fill quickly but you can park anywhere that doesn’t say no parking. The places that say “no stopping” you can park on the uphill side, you just can’t stop to turn around since the road is so narrow so you have to drive all the way down to the campground to turn around and come back up. If you park at the campground then the falls are like .6 miles away which makes it a sad hike so try to park closer to the top and go to the trail head. Great little hike!

hiking
3 months ago

Phone read 2.84 miles in 48:12 with 499 ft elevation gain. A short hike but one of the best. Shaded the whole way. First downhill is perfect for mtb. Went on a weekday and there was plenty of parking. Have been to trailhead before on a weekend and it’s a zoo. Yes you are supposed to have a parking pass. Ever heard of the Angeles National Forrest?

hiking
rocky
scramble
3 months ago

2nd time doing this hike and enjoyed it yet again. the waterfall still has a great flow, refreshingly cold!

3 months ago

This was a beautiful hike, with some areas in the shade and others in the open. The campground looked like a neat place to return to for a stay. Be aware that there is no place to buy an adventure pass at the parking lot so plan ahead before arriving. Be aware of your surroundings while hiking, we did spot a baby rattlesnake in a small tree right along the trail.

hiking
3 months ago

First hike of 2019. Much more water this time than earlier trips. A few downed trees but overall a great and moderate hike.

hiking
muddy
rocky
scramble
3 months ago

Hiked this trail this morning- arrived around 8:15 and found plenty of parking in the lot closest to the campground. There was a lady at the entrance to the lot selling adventure passes for $7 (not $5 as specified on the pass) But we bought one anyway, just in case. Heard citations are $100 + but don’t know for sure. The trails were clearly marked but there’s one part of the trail, maybe 10-15 min in, where the trail got washed out. Just cross the stream and stay on the narrow path to the right and soon after, the trail is visible again. There are many stream crossings so be prepared to get your shoes and bottom of your legs wet, unless you’ve got waterproof shoes or rain boots. We had hiking boots that were not waterproof and honestly, the water felt refreshing. Didn’t bother us a bit. As a lot of the other reviewers said, when you get to the waterfall, it’s so worth all the rock hopping and water crossings and anything else you grumbled about on the way to the waterfall (my hubby complained about all the rocks, my daughter didn’t like the 1 slippery rock 5 min from the waterfall, and I didn’t like running into the long skinny tree branch- could’ve been avoided had I been watching where I was going haha). On our way back, there were large groups of ppl, 10-20 per group, so we had to take turns passing each other- the trail is narrow. All in all, this hike was a 4.5.

3 months ago

we just did this hike in the rain it was a light rain parts of Rivers Running real pretty and clear and everything is super green and clean no trash anywhere a nice little hike

hiking
muddy
scramble
4 months ago

Beautiful waterfall!

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