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Millard Falls Hike

San Gabriel Mountains

Los Angeles Metro Area, California

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  • Parking area.- Millard Falls Hike
  • Trailhead.- Millard Falls Hike
  • California poppy.- Millard Falls Hike
  • Trail leading to the campground.- Millard Falls Hike
  • The trail runs through Millard Trail Camp.- Millard Falls Hike
  • Millard Canyon Creek.- Millard Falls Hike
  • Take a right at this intersection to continue along the creek toward the falls.- Millard Falls Hike
  • Millard Falls Trail.- Millard Falls Hike
  • Remnants of a previous settlement.- Millard Falls Hike
  • Millard Falls Trail.- Millard Falls Hike
  • The trail crisscrosses over Millard Canyon Creek.- Millard Falls Hike
  • Millard Falls Trail.- Millard Falls Hike
  • Millard Falls Trail.- Millard Falls Hike
  • Millard Falls.- Millard Falls Hike
  • Climbing bolts alongside the falls.- Millard Falls Hike
  • Millard Falls.- Millard Falls Hike
  • Millard Falls.- Millard Falls Hike
  • Millard Falls.- Millard Falls Hike
  • Watch for poison oak.- Millard Falls Hike
  • The trail crisscrosses over Millard Canyon Creek.- Millard Falls Hike
  • The trail crisscrosses over Millard Canyon Creek.- Millard Falls Hike
  • Moss growing along the trail.- Millard Falls Hike
  • The trail crisscrosses over Millard Canyon Creek.- Millard Falls Hike
  • Unidentified species (help us identify it by providing feedback).- Millard Falls Hike
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Unique falls.
Cons: 
Poison ivy. Short trail.
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Region:
Los Angeles Metro Area, CA
Congestion: 
Moderate
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Net Elevation Gain: 
360.00 ft (109.73 m)
Parking Pass: 
California Adventure Pass
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Fall
Total Distance: 
1.50 mi (2.41 km)
Trail type: 
There-and-back
Trailhead Elevation: 
1,810.00 ft (551.69 m)
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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This short hike along Millard Creek is a pleasure any time of year, but fall and spring are the best times to visit to catch Millard Falls in its full glory. The 50-foot rain-fed waterfall in the San Gabriel Mountains has the highest flows in these wetter seasons. A boulder wedged at the top of the waterfall and the small amphitheater with rock-climbing bolts makes Millard Falls a beautiful destination close to L.A. worthy of the short hike.

The trail departs from the parking lot and Millard Day Use Area, continuing along the wide trail toward Millard Campground. After about a quarter mile, the wide trail ends at a creek that crosses the trail. Here, take a right to continue along Millard Canyon. The trail continues alongside Millard Creek for a half mile, with a few crossings that are easily crossed by most hikers. Take care to avoid the rusty pipes and equipment that have been left behind by early settlers of the canyon.

The falls are the main attraction of this hike, with a split stream of clear waters flowing past the wedged boulder and into a small pool. The continual flow feeds a brilliant lime and turquoise bank of moss along the rocks. However, even if the creek is dry due to the season, the canyon is still worth a visit. Succulents, wildflowers, and even some mushrooms might be found along the trail.

The area around the popular falls is graciously large enough to accommodate the significant number of hikers, but if you prefer to have a more solitary experience, plan your trip for a weekday. The hike doesn't take long, so if you're looking to extend it, consider hiking to nearby Dawn Mine further up Millard Canyon.

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