Hermit Falls Trail

MODERATE
#3 of 4 trails in Arcadia Wilderness Park
Hermit Falls Trail is a 2.7 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Sierra Madre, CA that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

2.7 miles 764 feet Out & Back
dogs on leash kid friendly birding hiking nature trips trail running walking views waterfall wild flowers wildlife
Hide Map

From the Foothill Freeway (I-210) in Arcadia, take the Santa Anita Avenue exit and drive north to Chantry Flat, 4.6 miles.

Marylin Saucedo
6 hours ago

3 Completed3 Reviews

Been coming here for years, parking sucks come early. Beautiful scenery I love the crisp air, be careful if you decide to jump into the pools, many have died here sadly.

Brandon T
5 days ago

11 Completed5 Reviews

For the average hiker, Hermit Falls Trail should be a pretty easy/moderate hike. Please make sure you stay on the trail and don’t cut because it appears to be a quicker route. We watched this lady try to cut up a steep incline with her dog to save some time. She really struggled and almost went down the hillside. The trailhead is clearly marked. It proceeds to a series of switch backs down the mountain to the valley below. Once at the bottom, follow the river down the mountain some ways. It’ll lead you to the falls. Hermit Falls a smaller set of falls compared to the Sturtevant Falls just up the mountain some ways. After a few days of rain, the pool bellow is deep enough to swim in to. Be careful though, it is difficult to get down to the bottom. My friend and I did both Hermit Falls and Sturtevant Falls in the same day. Total time was about five to six hours if you leisurely walk it and hang out at both falls. Be safe and enjoy!

Ellice Armstrong
16 days ago

1 Completed1 Reviews

perfect for hiking! if you're trying to find the waterfall, it could be difficult to find. there's not to many signs that lead to it. you just have to explore (:

Kevin Still
23 days ago

1 Completed1 Reviews

Samantha Perretty
24 days ago

18 Completed8 Reviews

I loved this hike! A lot of trash on the ground but everything was so lush. The falls were flowing nicely as well.

Samantha Ortiz
25 days ago

14 Completed14 Reviews

Beautiful, once you get into the shady area there are creeks and waterfalls. Unfortunately, some of the scenery is ruined by quite a lot of graffiti. At the end of the trail you can jump into the waterfall theres a 30 & 50ft drop. Be very careful how and where you land if you plan to do it.
P.S. The hike down is easy, the difficult part is going back up. Slight incline.

Maurice Johnson
1 month ago

3 Completed3 Reviews

Eric Champagne
1 month ago

2 Completed1 Reviews

It was a great,for my first hike.

Alma G.
2 months ago

Jennifer Mendoza
2 months ago

1 Completed1 Reviews

Had a great experience, there were many trails to choose from to hike. Not too difficult, some inclines but the best part is the shaded areas throughout the different trails.

Justin Wadman
2 months ago

1 Completed1 Reviews

Amazing spot to end a short hike !!

Ani Yeremian
2 months ago

12 Completed2 Reviews

Simply beautiful! Only downfall is the graffiti. I'm a fan of graffiti art, but some of the graffiti is not. The way down is easy, pretty steep with narrow switchbacks on the way up. Bring shoes with good traction and plenty of water!

Annie O.
2 months ago

Short but decent

Mark Paolera
2 months ago

15 Completed6 Reviews

I don't know if the locals have the same appreciation but these trails I'm the San Gabriel are amazing. I surely look forward to coming back

Edgar Madrigal
3 months ago

1 Completed1 Reviews

Jacqueline C.
3 months ago

Nice beautiful hike, dog friendly, coming back is a little bit of a work out. Definitely come early parking is a bitch.

Sam Garcia
4 months ago

1 Completed1 Reviews

Short, but packs a punch.. Beautiful views.. Parking can be challenging so go early . Will definitely do again.

Vanessa Jule
4 months ago

1 Completed1 Reviews

Short, easy but very intense hike! Loved it..got a work out going down and up on this trial...and the views with the sound of the water flowing is priceless!!! Very pleased..

Emma Barr
4 months ago

2 Completed1 Reviews

Great hike with some really sweet views of the Angeles National Forest. Deffinetely worth the rock climbing to get down to the fall.

Rachel Kennedy Mayfield
6 months ago

1 Completed1 Reviews

$5 to park nice falls at bottom of trail. well maintained trail. down hill to falls then uphill to return.