These falls are not as impressive as nearby Sturtavant Falls but this short hike is fun nonetheless. It is an upside down hike so the return trip is less pleasant,
specifically the un-shaded parts.
If spiders and/or spider webs scare you this hike should be avoided. Many spider webs are visible along the hike especially along the creek, within the trees, and in the surrounding brush.
Most of the trail is easy to follow and contains helpful signs, but when you reach the creek the correct path can be confusing. You can cross the creek either to the right via the horse trail or use the other trail to the left. Either way you must cross the creek and then take the trail to the right. You will pass a cabin on your left and eventually see a sign that reads "First Water 3/4 Jct.". From this point you are only 3/4 of a mile away from the falls. Hermit Falls are very anti climatic compared to the majestic Sturtavant Falls. The trail leads to a rock pool and a group of large slippery rocks. Please be very careful when walking on the rocks, and cliff diving is not recommended. There are actually
three falls at this location. If you are facing the rock pool you can see two small falls to your left and one larger waterfall to your right. From this location only the top of the larger waterfall can be safely viewed. Although tempting, I would not try to gain a better view of these falls as that would be unsafe, and could lead to serious injury.
I was disappointed at the amount of trash at this location and the appearance of graffiti on the nearby rocks. Despite these eyesores, Hermit Falls would be a great place to have a picnic or just sit and relax. Make sure to pack out all of your trash and if possible do a good deed and pack out the trash of others.
If you brought a water filter this would be a good time to refill your canteen, but drinking directly from the creek without proper water filtration is not advised. To see the water filter that I use just click on the link below (affliate link).
The return trip is mostly uphill and as with any hike, plenty of water is
Hermit Falls is a nice hike and relatively short at only 2.4 miles round trip. If you have never hiked to Sturtavant Falls I would do that hike first as it is easier and more impressive. However this hike provides a nice workout that is more exciting than your local gym.
TO GET THERE:
Take the I-210 East
Take Santa Anita Ave exit
Turn left onto North Santa Anita Ave
Continue onto Chantry Flats Rd
Look for the Chantry Flats Parking Lot (end of road)
2201-2299 Forest Route 2N40,
La Canada Flintridge, California
Look for trailhead signs (Hermit Falls)
Water filter that I use while hiking: