Millard Canyon Road

Angeles National Forest, California

Elevation Gain719ft
Trailhead Elevation1,816ft
Elevation Min/Max1806/2129ft
Elevation Start/End1816/1816ft

Millard Canyon Road

Millard Canyon Road is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Los Angeles County, California. It is within Angeles National Forest. It is a mile long and begins at 1,816 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is two miles with a total elevation gain of 719 feet. The Millard camp site is near the trailhead. There is also parking. Along the trail there are restrooms. This trail connects with the following: Brown Mountain Road.

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Los Angeles County: A Day Hiker's Guide (The Trailmaster)
John McKinney
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"Hidden from the metropolis by Sunset Ridge, lush Millard Canyon is one of the more secluded spots in the front range of the San Gabriels. A cold stream tumbling over handsome boulders, a trail meandering beneath a canopy of alder, oak and sycamore, a waterfall and a historic mine, are some of Millard’s attractions. Millard Canyon is best known as the site of the Dawn Mine which, unfortunately for its investors, produced more stories than gold. The mine was worked off and on from 1895, when gold was first discovered, until the 1950s. Enough gold was mined to keep ever-optimistic prospectors certain that they would soon strike a rich ore-bearing vein, but the big bonanza was never found. You can explore Millard Canyon by two different routes, which lack an official name, but are often referred to as Millard Canyon Trail. An easy half-mile path meanders along the canyon floor to 50-foot Millard Falls. This is a walk suitable for the whole family." Read more
Afoot & Afield Los Angeles County (Wilderness Press)
Jerry Schad
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"During heavy rains, Millard Canyon’s modest watershed gathers enough runoff to stage a real spectacle near its lower end—Millard Canyon Falls. Even in the dry season, when the water dribbles over the rock by way of several serpentine paths, the steep-walled grotto containing the falls is pleasantly cool, and worth a visit." Read more
Best Easy Day Hikes: San Gabriel Valley (Falcon Guides)
Allen Riedel
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"Enjoy a short and easy walk through a canyon to a lovely grotto and easily accessible waterfall. Follow the road through the parking lot east and north toward the creek. There is a sign with an arrow that clearly marks the route. The trail is easy to follow and great for people of all ages; its short distance and grand finish will give neophytes or those simply looking to stretch their legs a purpose and a finite conclusion for just a little bit of work. This trip is somewhat popular, especially on weekends when the falls are flowing. Water tumbles through the shaded canyon, creating a placid and charming effect that seems to place Millard Canyon far away from the suburban sprawl of the San Gabriel Valley. In reality the canyon and its falls are very close to civilization, which is one of the reasons this place is so popular." Read more
Day Hiking Los Angeles (The Mountaineers Books)
Casey Schreiner
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"The sound of a bubbling stream is music to the ears of any L.A. hiker sick of hot, dry, endless summers. When that sound is accompanied by an easy, shaded trail that finishes with a beautiful and picturesque waterfall, then you’ve just found one of the most rewarding treks in the San Gabriel Mountains." Read more
60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Los Angeles (Menasha Ridge Press)
Laura Randall
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"Bordered by fern- and flower-draped rock walls, this Angeles National Forest trail begins on the Mount Lowe Fire Road and quickly descends into a serene forested canyon, then climbs uphill via switchbacks to good views of the San Gabriel Valley and Los Angeles. This trail begins at an elevation of 2,000 feet and climbs about 800 more feet to panoramic views of the San Gabriel Valley and beyond." Read more

Millard Canyon Road Reviews

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This hike is a great escape from the craziness of LA life. The trail starts out in the open, but in a short while the trail thins into a wooded area following a stream. The trail crosses the stream several times so there is fair amount of rock jumping to be done. You reach a point on the trail where you basically hit an uphill wall of boulders, so prepared to do some light climbing and jumping around. There is a trail to left of the boulders that makes it much easier to climb up. After a while, you reach the mine. Although it is probably a little dangerous to go inside, it is an amazing feeling to explore it, so bring flashlights and be careful. After exploring the mine, you can go back the way you came, or take the ridge trail that leads to the fire road. I've hiked the trail twice and have loved it both times. I highly recommend it!
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Beautiful area that starts out heavily populated but once you get off the multi purpose trail and head down into the canyon (at the Sunset Ridge junction stay to the left) it thins out. Very quickly after that the crowds disappear and you are in a beautiful canyon along a creek. The terrain is not difficult but there are some spots where the trail is hard to follow and you have to wing it and it does require a little "bouldering" but nothing too daunting if you're in relatively good shape. The area closest to the mine the trail gets a little sketchy but luckily for us we saw some people headed down and we caught the trail again. The mine isn't much to see but the hike along the creek to get there is peaceful and relaxing. If you decide to continue passed the mine there are some unmarked trails. It's definitely not one of the better maintained/mapped area of the Angeles National forest but it is a nice day hike and there are plenty of areas to explore and make into a backpacking excursion (plenty of water sources) if you do a little homework and bring along your own topo map.

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Trail Information

Angeles National Forest
Nearby City
Angeles National Forest
Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly
Angeles National Forest, Los Angeles River Ranger District
Local Contacts
USGS Pasadena
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Dec 2018