Lace up the waterproof boots for this short hike to one sweet waterfall! The 1.5-mile out-and-back trek to roaring Millard Canyon Falls also makes a splash with stunning panoramas of the San Gabriel Valley. Getting to the trailhead is just a short drive from Pasadena. Park in Millard Day-Use Area and follow signs for Millard Campground, a charming first-come, first-served six-spot locale next to a flowing stream and towering ancient live oaks. Ignore the Sunset Ridge Trail junction and make a right at the first stream crossing, heading into the canyon via a shaded, narrow singletrack.
Throughout the trek, you’ll be boulder hopping and log walking over the post-storm creek, so tread cautiously and wear hiking boots. At times the trail is overgrown, so when in doubt, follow the creek to navigate the canyon. Millard Canyon Falls is absolutely mesmerizing after heavy precipitation. The 50-footer roars over a boulder into a rock pool for the ultimate canyon waterfall experience.
To get to the Millard Canyon trailhead and parking lot, take the I-210 to Lincoln Ave., and head north for 2 miles. Turn right onto Loma Alta Dr., and after about a half mile, turn left onto Chaney Trail, following it 1.5 miles up the mountain and down into the canyon to the lot. National Forest Service Adventure Pass is required ($5/day, $30/year). Dog-friendly!