Millard Canyon Hike


We were somehow able to talk the BBQ Kids into taking half the day off from school to do some hiking in our beautiful San Gabriel Mountains.  Millard Canyon is just a few minutes north of Pasadena, but secluded enough to feel like you’ve really gotten away from the hectic suburban run-around.  This is a great family hike.  The youngest of our “Lil Smokies” is six and he had no trouble making the one and a quarter mile round-trip.  The canyon bottom is well shaded by a canopy of gnarled oak, and the trail criss-crosses the creek 8-10 times.  At a certain point, the creek disappears, probably taking an underground route.  You could usually hear it gurgling through the rocks, but there was no sign of it.  BBQ Boy I (J.J.) asked, “Why did the river turn off?”  Well, eventually it turned back on, and the meandering creek quickly brought us to our destination.  Millard Canyon Falls is a 50 foot waterfall cascading between impressive rock walls all around.  The trail comes to a definite and abrupt end, a nice place to just sit and take it all in.  A really, really cool find, one of our favorite hikes.

BBQ Boys I & III are glad that the river turned back on, but now wonder what in the world is holding up that boulder!

BBQ Boy I is glad that the river turned back on, but now wonders what in the world is holding up that boulder!

The apex of Millard Falls allows just a bit of sunlight in.

The apex of Millard Canyon Falls allows just a bit of sunlight in.


The BBQ Kids especially enjoyed all the rock scrambles and creek crossings.


15 comments so far

  1. Becka on

    How fun! I love hiking. My family had a favorite trail too, but it a grueling hike and sometimes a little treacherous. Maybe when the BBQ Kids are older. 🙂

  2. jaynepomuceno on

    So where’s this fave of the Wilsons?

  3. Becka on

    It’s called Fish Canyon Falls. At the end of the hike it has a three tiered waterfall. It is pretty strenuous and I think it is about 7 miles round trip – it could only be 5. It is located in Azusa Canyon, but I don’t know how access is to it bc the trail starts IN a rock quarry. This works great when the quarry is open. There is also an alternate route – add 3 miles all up hill. We didn’t like that option! lol

  4. Renae on

    You can’t get to the trail head on the rock quarry any more and only have the long option! It has 30 switch backs going up the one side! It use to be a really nice trail though!
    I think I now like Stuart Vent Falls better! This is one we did with Matt and James in 2006!

  5. jenmarie on

    Beck, where was the one we did with my cousin and your cousin? That one was fun!

  6. Becka on

    That was Fish Canyon – that was our favorite until they added a bajillion miles to it. 🙂

  7. jaynepomuceno on

    Who are these cousins? Where you trying to hook each other up back in the day? Y’know, Becka with Daniel, Jenny with… some Anderson!

  8. jenmarie on

    lol, um… well he was kinda cute (her cousin not mine) but no. 🙂

  9. James on

    I did like the Stuart Vent Falls Hike, it wasn’t very steep, and we covered a lot of ground, I should post that video I did on my site.

  10. Becka on

    Ewww…. me and Daniel? No, thanks. No offense to Daniel, but he was more of the brother kind, not romantic interest. lol It was a second cousin of mine and the time we went hiking was the first time i had ever met him. I haven’t seen him since and he isn’t an Anderson either. lol I don’t remember his last name, but his first name is John. lol 🙂

  11. Renae on

    His last name was Dephouse and he is married now! You are all very funny!

  12. Becka on

    Right! That’s why I couldn’t remember. It was weird. lol Thanks, Renae!

  13. US on

    Nice pictures!

  14. jaynepomuceno on

    US, thanks for stopping in! The canyon was so beautiful we took a BAJILLION pictures (Becka, thanks for adding a word to my vocabulary).

  15. Becka on

    I have lots more where that came from! 🙂

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