It seemed like we were never going to make it there that morning. First, the power went out right after I pulled out from the garage so I couldn’t close it. Then, the GPS took me to a dead-end and wanted me to keep going! Everything was going against us. That is until we finally made it to the trailhead one hour+ later than I planned. Then everything was alright. This easy hike was fun and we enjoyed the waterfall at the end.
The parking area was tiny (only 8 spots) and it was already full. I parked on Chaney Trail instead and displayed my Adventure Pass over the rear-view mirror.
We walked by the parking area then through the fire road gate. Initially, it started out on pavement
but soon – 0.12 miles from the trailhead – we reached the junction where the fire road meets Sunset Ridge Trail. You will see the sign below on your left. Go towards Millard CG and say goodbye to the pavement.
Some parts of the trail to the campground were covered with overgrown grass which made a nice setting for dreamy photos.
At about 0.9 miles, Sunset Ridge Trail met up with Brown Mountain Truck Trail and Millard Campground was on our right side. Go toward the campground.
After the bathroom facility, you will see the sign for Millard Falls on your right.
We crossed a little stream (I let Xena play for a little bit before we moved on) and
found lots of interesting rocks and broken off tree stems to climb on. We even found a dinosaur’s brain fossil!
Sometimes it’s advantageous to be short. And, no, she did not wait for me.
At 1.5 miles, we reached Millard Falls.
Good to Know:
- Hike Date: 5.30.16
- Distance (RT): 3 miles, out and back
- Elevation Gain: 284 ft.
- Difficulty Level: Easy
- Permit/Fee: Adventure Pass required for parking ($5/day; $30/annual)
- Trailhead: 34.214725, -118.147536 (copy/paste it to your GPS)