Address: Millard Falls Trailhead, Brown Mountain Fire Road, Altadena, CA (GPS will recognize it)
A short, adventurous, waterfall hike just 5 miles north of Pasadena in SoCal’s Angeles National Forest.
This woodsy, shaded trail takes about 30 minutes each way to complete. It’s an entertaining walk through nature with minor rock scrambles, log crossings, and stream puddles.
Feasible for all ages with some or little athletic prowess. We took a 4 year-old who did it with no problem, and saw other kids and older adults.
The waterfall’s flow depends on the season and rainfall, but its mystical spirit consistently remains enchanting.
Finding the trail can be a little tricky, so… park in the lot at the very end of Chaney Trail (Road). Once there, look for the corner of the parking lot with the various signs; i.e. Millard Day Use Area. Walk through them and take the path up the slight incline to the left (you’ll see a cabin on your right). Continue past Millard Campground (picnic tables and fire pits) until you see the brown Millard Falls sign on your right. Turn onto that trail and enjoy.
* The verdict is still out whether or not you need a Parking Pass to park in the parking lot. Some say you do and others say you don’t, despite there being several signs posted that you do. Should you wish to heir on the safer side and acquire one, click here to find an Adventure Pass sales vendor near you.
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These pictures were taken June 2021. Click to enlarge.