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Millard Canyon Falls Hike

  • 2.8 miles - Easy Effort
  • Or: 1.4 miles - 1-1:30 hours
  • 1:30-2 Hours (Total)
  • 560 Total Feet of Climbing
  • Max Elevation of 2,140 feet
  • Leashed Dogs Allowed

Close to civilization but a world away, the short and shady Millard Canyon Falls hike follows a lush riparian habitat to a spectacular waterfall. The hike starts on a gradual downhill offering views into the foothills of Angeles National Forest, then heads through Millard Trail Camp and up through a richly biodiverse area to the fifty-foot waterfall. A shorter option cuts the hike down to about a mile and a half. It's an excellent hike for families and those wanting a quick outdoor fix without a long trip into the forest.

In this Guide:
  • Video & Turn by Turn Directions for Millard Canyon Falls
  • Parking for Millard Canyon Falls
  • Everything You Need to Know Before the Hike

Getting to Millard Canyon Falls

Millard Canyon Falls is in Angeles National Forest, and you need to leave a parks pass or Adventure Pass in your car when you park. If you are doing the full hike, use this trailhead address:
Brown Mountain Truck Trail, Altadena, CA 91001

Millard Falls Parking Options

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The road to the trailhead is small and enters Angeles National Forest from Altadena.
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When you get to the trailhead area, make the right toward the white gate.
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There's a small parking area at the trailhead. If the parking area is full, you can park on the dirt turnoffs down along the road.

Short Hike Parking

If you want to do the shorter option, keep going past the parking area and down the hill. Use this trailhead address:
Millard Trail Camp, 4041 Chaney Trail, Altadena, CA 91001

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There's a big parking lot at the bottom of the hill.
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There are bathrooms at Millard Trail Camp, which is on the hike. They're not the greatest, so go before you get here if you can.

Gear for the Hike

You can do the hike to Millard Canyon Falls in light hiking gear or fitness clothes. There are stream crossings and occasional overgrowth. Having waterproof shoes or shoes that can get wet is your best bet. Using trekking poles will help at stream crossings.

If you have kids, they will probably get wet when crossing the streams if there's water flowing.

Gear That I Love Right Now

Nothing is sponsored or promoted, just the actual gear that I use.

Gear Inreach Mini 2
Garmin InReach Mini 2If you are out of cellphone range the Mini 2 will reliably allow you to hit SOS via satellite. You can also send non-emergency texts to just say that you're late, let friends and family follow along, and check the weather. You can see my review here.
Gear Topo Pursuit
Topo Pursuit 2The wide toe box means no blisters, an aggressive tread is great on the trail, it dries very quickly, and it has lots of cushion for long days. It combines everything I love about every other shoe into one.
Gear Epix Pro Up Ahead
Garmin Epix ProThese watches are pricey, but I use them 24/7 for sleep tracking, workouts, heart rate, and tracking my hike. It has preloaded hiking maps that help me navigate the trails and is a backup to my smartphone navigation. The Epix Pro has a great battery life, a screen similar to an Apple Watch Ultra, and works in harsh conditions when just using the buttons. See my review here.
Hikelite 26 Gear
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Check out the complete list here. ( Updated June 2024)

Millard Canyon Falls Trail Maps

The trails on this hike are all nicely marked and easy to follow.

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Use This Map:
View in CalTopo | PDF Map | GPX File

Hike Brief

Coast Range Newt
There's an abundance of wildlife in Millard Canyon, but if you're loud, you'll probably scare it away. Keep your eyes open for the coast range newt, a local inhabitant and threatened species. Photo Greg Schechter

Millard Canyon Falls Hike Directions

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Go through the gate at the end of the parking area to start the hike.
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You'll be hiking up Mt Lowe Road for a short stretch. If you were to follow this road straight you'd eventually reach Inspiration Point in about 5 miles.
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But we're going to make the first left turn onto the Sunset Ridge Trail.
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Here's the start of the Sunset Ridge Trail at that turn. Hop off the road and onto the trail. It's 0.8 miles of downhill to Millard Trail Camp.
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The trail twists and turns into the canyon.
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When the trail comes out of the trees you'll get some nice views into the foothills of Angeles National Forest towering above Millard Canyon.
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Follow the switchbacks down to the end of the hill.
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And soon the Sunset Trail will follow the bigger Channey Truck Trail.

If you're coming from the short route, you'll be walking down the larger road (above) from the parking area.

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At the junction you'll see a sign pointing you toward the falls.
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Join the road and head through Millard Trail Camp, which is on your left as you hike. The campground is first-come, first-serve if you'd ever like to stay the night.
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Hike straight through the campground, past the bathroom on your right.
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At the end of the camping area make the right onto the well-marked trail to Millard Falls.
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Climb up the small stone wall and hike along the trail.
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For the next 0.5 miles you'll be crossing back and forth over the stream multiple times. Look for the trail heading up the canyon in the distance.
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The trail follows the creek up Millard Canyon. Just keep following the Millard Creek.
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Some areas have multiple options to cross. Just pick what works best for you.
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Keep hiking over the crossings as the trail starts to wind around to the left.
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And then, around a corner to the left, you'll hear the falls in the distance.
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And here you are, all 50 feet or so of Millard Falls!
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Enjoy the area around Millard Falls, it's beautiful. Don't try to climb the falls; it's a fairly common spot for injuries.

After you enjoy the falls, just turn around and hike back the way you came.

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This Guide Was Written by Cris Hazzard

Cris Hazzard 4 Mile Trail Yosemite
Hi, I'm Cris Hazzard, aka Hiking Guy, a professional outdoors guide, hiking expert, and author based in Southern California. I created this website to share all the great hikes I do with everyone else out there. This site is different because it gives detailed directions that even the beginning hiker can follow. I also share what hiking gear works and doesn't so you don't waste money. I don't do sponsored or promoted content; I share only the gear recommendations, hikes, and tips that I would with my family and friends. If you like the website and YouTube channel, please support these free guides (I couldn't do it without folks like you!). You can stay up to date with my new guides by following me on YouTube, Instagram, or by subscribing to my monthly newsletter.