Hermit Falls Trail

#4 of 6 trails in Arcadia Wilderness Park

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Hermit Falls Trail is a 2.6 mile out and back trail located near Sierra Madre, California that features a waterfall and is accessible from November until June. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for hiking & walking.

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Jen E. (278)

Nice short hike. It was actually just about 2 miles RT. Easy hike. As soon as you get to the bottom, you're in an enchanted forest!! parking was rough this weekend since I was there a week ago for the other trail.

Sierra Mott (230)

1 Completed1 Reviews

The incline on the way back isn't too bad if you pace yourself but there is very little shade towards the top so bring sunscreen and lots of water. The falls are extremely beautiful with some fantastic rock pools you can swim in (there are lots of leaves at the bottom so you might need Keens or other water shoes) Some people cliff dive off the pool at the bottom but do so carefully. The rocks here at the Rock pools are super slippery so stay low or you WILL slide into the water. It's a little sad that there is so much trash at the bottom--I'll definitely be going back with friends to cliff dive but this time I'll remember to bring a trash bag to bring some of that out!

Rebecca Brockmeyer (310)

15 Completed10 Reviews

Used to be such a great hike, now it's covered w graffiti and garbage! So sad, last time I went there, there were a bunch of teenagers tripping on drugs! Thanks for ruining nature! Ugh!

Soren Nielsen (381)

13 Completed3 Reviews

LOT of people on these trails. You will not be able to let your dog run around without a leash. But that said it is a nice trail, we picked the Hermit Falls trail that is about 1.5 miles long with water and narrow paths..

Michelle Avidisyan (48)

2 Completed2 Reviews

This is a great hike, but honestly the amount of trash that's thrown around near the falls and all the grafitti on the rocks/boulders takes away from the beauty of this trail. It's heartbreaking. Also, there have been so many injuries reported from people who go cliff diving here... probably not such a good idea.

Christian Alarcon (628)

73 Completed5 Reviews

A hike to Hermit Falls. This is a great hike in the summer time and you are able to cliff dive, but do it with extreme caution since people have died from Cliff Diving. Make sure you take extra water during the hot months since this is a backwards hike. You start from the top and work your way down to the falls. It is all incline on the way back and make sure you give yourself extra time going back. Parking is always a issue here since it is where you also park for the Popular Sturtevant Falls. Make sure you get there early and $5 parking fee can be purchased at REI or Sport Chalet. I always notice that most cars do not have a Adventure Pass. If you do get a ticket from the Rangers, you can always buy the pass and mail it it. I always take My $30 year long adventure pass. Be safe and I am not responsible if you get hurt.

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Distance 2.6 Miles Round Trip
Elevation Gain: 600 feet
Hike Time : 2 hours
Type: Out and back
Difficulty: Moderate (Backwards hike)
Trail Condition: OK, but a few difficult spots
Animals: Dog Friendly
Parking Fee: Adventure Pass $5
Activities: Hiking, Running & Swimming ( Caution on Cliff Diving)

Kasie Samakool (114)

1 Completed1 Reviews

This was a great hike for my husband and I ... We are new to hiking and didn't want to get on anything too long or steep... My husband hikes with our son on his back ... This was a great hike even though the stream and falls were pretty dried up, there was still plenty of water at the bottom for the enthusiasts to cliff jump into from the 50 ft cliff... The views were amazing as well even without the water... The actual hike is pretty level in most places however it is very high up and steep drop offs so could be dangerous for rambunctious kids that aren't attached to you in one way or another...the hike is in a park so there are several other hikes as well .it is a beautiful drive up so that adds a star . :)

Martin Junior (87)

1 Completed1 Reviews

Lauren Sugay (438)

13 Completed7 Reviews

I went here today with some friends for the first time. The trail itself doesn't really deserve 4 stars, but the entire experience I had did.

If you're going to be doing this hike you should remember to bring a lot of water! There's shade, but you'll be asking for water with the incline this hike gives you. The trail/road is really narrow, so BE CAREFUL and go at your own pace. On the way over was really pleasant, but once you reach the falls there's tons of graffiti.

IF YOU PLAN ON JUMPING THE 50ft, it's not too bad just make sure you pencil dive. The water was lower because of the drought and dryness but everyone in my group who jumped made it out alive. Its scary, but doing it is a good experience; you feel so victorious!

Please, please clean up after yourselves. My friend scraped her arm on an empty bottle in one of the pools and another stepped on glass and had to go to the hospital.

Chris Pelayo (101)

1 Completed1 Reviews

I'll start with this YES ! it's really trashed around the hrom waterbottles being thrown every which way and the boulder jumping activities into the water when you reach your destination are Extremely dangerous PLEASE DO NOT GET CLOSE TO THE EDGE WITHOUT SITTING ON YOU BUTT YOU WILL SLIO