If you have yet to visit Millard Falls, I highly recommend it. Located in the San Gabriel Mountains, this short yet enjoyable hike is a MUST. Total round trip is just over 1 mile, however, the narrow canyon and its full green surroundings leaves you in awe and wanting more. This hike can be continued up to Dawn Mines, just a quick climb up the falls; as I was told by a friend. This was my original final destination, however exploring was not really an option as we were on time crunch.
Sunday morning, I decided to take a stroll up to Millard Falls, accompanied by wife and kiddo. As we arrived at the parking lot, the trailhead is easy to spot. An Adventure Pass is required. Pass can be purchased at any REI, Sport Chalet, or Big 5 Sporting Goods stores.
About 1/4 mile in, Millard Campground is reached. The fire road continues passed the campground; a slight right must be made to access Millard Falls trail head. The visible sign can not be missed. From beginning to end, the trees and plants keep you cool, and protected from sun. The trail is fairly easy, and gains about 200 feet. Pack a sandwich and enjoy a nice picnic at the falls.
After about 45 minutes, we arrived to our destination. There is still very little water coming down the falls, making this hike much more enjoyable. The wife and I sat down for a few minutes and Christopher ran around the falls. We didn’t have any snacks, only water as we had not wasted much energy. Soon after we arrived, two nice ladies snapped our family pic and we got on our way. Walking, jogging, running, and jumping over river streams on the way back; sweating and hot yet very satisfied and content.
Trailhead address: Chaney Trail, Angeles National Forest, Altadena, CA 91001
Trailhead coordinates: 34.216185, -118.146653