Millard Campground (also called Millard Trail Camp) sits alongside a stream at the trailhead for Millard Falls. There are only five tent sites that are all first-come first-serve. The grounds appear to function as a picnic area for many visitors. If you are coming out to hike the creek, the campgrounds are an ideal venue for a BBQ.
The sites are a quarter mile from the parking lot, so a short “hike it” is required. If you already have an adventure pass, the campground’s fire rings and picnic tables come free. There are vault toilets but no potable water, so be sure to bring your own.
In addition to Millard Falls and Dawn Mine, the campground offers access to trails to Inspiration Point and San Gabriel Peak. During the week, the sites are often vacant. Take a couple days off and get out of LA – without leaving the city. Enough trails leave from the campground to keep you busy on a short camping trip. For a nearby trail camp that actually requires you to walk in a couple miles, check out Gould Mesa Trail Camp.
Update: The campground has reopened, along with the trails up Millard Canyon that were closed due to damages from the 2009 Station Fire.
To get to Millard Campground: Take the 210 Freeway to Pasadena. Exit Lake Avenue and head north. After 3.5 miles, turn left at the T onto Loma Alta Drive. After one mile, make a right on Chaney Trail. The 1.5 mile road winds up to Sunset Ridge and down to the parking lot for Millard Campground.
Campground address: Chaney Trail, Angeles National Forest, Altadena, CA 91001
Campground coordinates: 34.216185, -118.146653 (34° 12′ 58.26″N 118° 08′ 47.95″W)
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