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Millard Canyon - Dawn Mine

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Waterfall, gold mine, wooded canyon, mountain views
Near:Altadena, CA
Distance:6 miles round trip
Elevation Gain:1600 ft
Hike Time:3.5 hours
Trail Condition:OK, but a few difficult spots

Summary: This is a fun hike with quite a bit of diversity. The hike starts out on Sunset Ridge, with great views of Millard Canyon and a 50 foot waterfall. The trail then drops sharply into a dark and heavily wooded canyon with an abandoned gold mine to add an interesting twist to the trek. The hike through the canyon has many lovely spots with gentle pools and small cascades. Bring along a camera. Note that the route show in the topo map was from the hike outlined in 101 Hikes in Southern California. Route finding was a little challenging, so hikers should make sure to have a map when hitting the trail.
Trailhead: From Loma Alta Drive in Altadena, drive up the Chaney Trail (past a locked gate that opens at 6am) to the top of sunset ridge, where there's parking by the roadside. The trail starts east on the gated paved sunset Ridge fire road. (Lat:34.2148 Lon:-118.1477)
Trail Guides for Millard Canyon - Dawn Mine:
101 Hikes in Southern California
by Jerry Schad  (Wilderness Press)

Day Hikers Guide to Southern California
by John McKinney  (Olympus Press)

Hike Los Angeles Volume 2
by Dennis Gagnon  (Western Tanager Press)

Best Seasons: Fall, Winter, Spring
User Groups: Hikers, Dogs
Ranger Contact:  US Forest Service, 818-790-1151
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by Jim Zuber, who has posted  104 other hikes on this site
Trail Reviews  Page 1 of 14   Submit your own review
Reviewed by BobC on 7/25/2014
I called the Forest Service on 7/21 and was told the area above the falls is OPEN!The area below the falls is closed. So, go up the road, past the short parking area, past the locked gate, past the water storage on the right and up the road. Look for the trail to start on the left.

Reviewed by AJL on 5/23/2014
As of 5/20/2014, the hike to Dawn's Mine is STILL CLOSED. We went into the trail a bit anyway. Trail was difficult to locate... but thanks to some markers someone left before. We made it maybe less than halfway and turned around because we were afraid it was going to get dark fast.

Reviewed by lonnie on 5/4/2014
millard falls is not open abve falls , creek gold mine etc are all still in closed area ,

Reviewed by Julie on 1/26/2014
Trail is open through sunset ridge trail. There are no yellow do not enter flags. Also if you decided to go up the creek to the mine beware there are huge boulders you will have to climb over, if you are in good shape and can climb, but once you get to the mine you have to head back onto the creek. Take a gps in case you get lost. The trail is tricky. You need to remember the path up to the cabin otherwise if you follow the creek southwest you will be too close to the dangerous waterfall drop! You must head back up and towards the cabin. Do not really advise this hike to dawn mine it's too dangerous

Reviewed by Steve B on 1/6/2014
Went on 1/4/2014 to see if Millard Canyon had opened, but it is still closed.

Reviewed by lonnie on 8/18/2013

Reviewed by BobC on 2/14/2013
Above the falls it is open as I stated on 11/27. If you want to go to the mine, you pretty much have to enter from the Sunset Ridge Trail which begins at the locked gate which is right off Chaney Trail. Proceed past the gate, up the paved road a very short distance and you then see the trail on the left. Follow this around. You will see the falls below you. You pass below 1 cabin and then the trail drops down into the canyon. This is open all the way up to the mine. Enjoy.

Reviewed by AMC on 1/12/2013
CLOSED! You can park in the lot and hike a couple of the other trails, but Millard Canyon to Millard Falls is closed. You can walk up past the cabins to the entrance to the canyon, but there you will see a large fence with signs that say STOP! NO ENTRY! If they ever do open it again, I highly recommend the short trek to the beautiful falls!

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