Millard Canyon Falls Hike
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.
- 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
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
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.
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Millard Canyon Falls Trail Maps
The trails on this hike are all nicely marked and easy to follow.
How Will You Navigate?
- Millard Canyon is one of the most biologically diverse areas around Los Angeles. The abundance of water, shade and vegetation make it home to everything from tree frogs to mule deer. It's so close to suburban SoCal, but in a few minutes you feel like you are a world away.
- A few years ago a black bear scratched a camper at Millard Trail Camp and was later put down. Locals see black bears rooting through trash cans occasionally. Don't worry about it; you won't see them on the hike unless you're leaving a trail of food trash behind you. If you're worried, check out my easy guide to bear safety here.
- The entire area of the hike had burned in the 2009 Station Fire, one of the largest in California History. Today you would never guess that there was a fire here.
- The beauty of the area has made it a long-time favorite of artists.
- The timber beams in LA's Plaza Church came from Millard Canyon.
- Usually there's at least a trickle coming down the falls. After it rains you'll get the best flow.
Millard Canyon Falls Hike Directions
If you're coming from the short route, you'll be walking down the larger road (above) from the parking area.
After you enjoy the falls, just turn around and hike back the way you came.
Need More Info?
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- When planning, always check the park website and social media to make sure the trails are open. Similarly, check the weather and road conditions.
This Guide Was Written by Cris Hazzard
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