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Chasing waterfall in Los Angeles! Millard Canyon Falls offers a 60 feet waterfall with a small pool, canyon hiking, and a panoramic view over the Valley.
– Distance: 5.5 miles out and back from W Loma Alta Dr.
– Difficulty: Moderate (the first mile was difficult, then it was easy)
– Time: 2:30 hours
Note: from the parking lot, Millard Canyon is an easy 2.5 miles hike.
The trail starts at the end of the parking lot. I challenged it starting from W Loma Alta Dr. Less than a mile to ascend the mountain and reach the Millard Falls trail.
After a few feet, engage on the path located just after the Angeles Forest Sign. The ascension is difficult as the narrow path is rocky and steep. Quickly you will enjoy a panoramic view over the Valley and the San Gabriel Mountains.
At the top, cross the concrete route and descend the trail leading to Millard campground.
Be cautious as the trail is also used by riders.
Pass through the campground and continue the trail located just before the creek. From there, you will follow the watercourse for 0.5 miles until reaching Millard falls.
Hiking in the canyon is pleasant, and you will cross the stream multiple times. Be prepared if you’re hiking after rainy days.
Quickly you will reach the 60 feet waterfall and its small pool. Enjoy the view, relax and take pictures!
Note that the area is small, and it is not recommended to climb the waterfall.
Finally, retrace your steps to access the parking lot.
Article based on my hike in January 2022.
*COVID-19 update as of March 2022*
- Please wear a mask and practice a physical distance of 6 feet between yourself and others.
- Please check L.A. County’s health and safety protocols before your hike.
Address: Millard Canyon Falls, Altadena Dr., 4041 Chaney Trail, Pasadena, CA 91001
– I recommend hiking early morning to avoid heat
– Park open from 7 AM to dusk
– Parking: Adventure Pass required or unmetered street parking (add 2 miles to your hike)
- Adventure Pass is $5/day or $30/year. More information at
– Grab water, hiking shoes, and sun cream
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