The area above Pasadena is full of canyons and waterfalls, and Millard Canyon offers a quick route to a nicely flowing waterfall.
Depending on where you park, you can choose between a 4-mile hike or a 2.5-mile hike.
The trail meanders along a creek, and you must cross the stream multiple times along the way.
There is also some rock scrambling, so it is unsuitable for the elderly or little children.
Older kids (5 and up) love crossing the stream or walking through it.
At one point, you will need to do a butt slide to continue down a break in the trail.
The waterfall at the end of the trail is well worth the trek. It has a strong flow most of the year, especially after winter rains and in the spring.
Crossing the stream is fun, but make sure to wear waterproof hiking shoes to avoid the soggy feeling afterward.
Parking was difficult! We had to wait for someone to leave at the lower lot, and the upper lot was a lost cause.
You do need an adventure pass to park anywhere in the Angeles National Forest. You can buy those at many 7-Eleven or sporting goods stores in the area.
Check the Forest Service website for more information.
To do the full hike, park at Brown Mountain Truck Trail, Altadena, CA 91001, or on the street close by.
And for the shorter hike, park at Millard Trail Camp, 4041 Chaney Trail, Altadena, CA 91001.
There is a restroom at the Millard Trail Camp, but none along the trail.
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