Millard Canyon to Dawn Mine

Trailhead: Millard Canyon Trailhead, parking area T2

Note: Trailhead is not directly connected to the parking area. See Lower Sunset Ridge Trail Segment for directions

Lower Sunset Ridge Trailhead.

Lower Sunset Ridge Trailhead.

Trail: Sunset Ridge Trail to Millard Canyon up to Dawn Mine and Saucer Branch Falls.

Track Map for Millard Canyon to Dawn Mine from March 2018 using Backcountry Navigator (US Forest Service-2013 map) from my phone.

Stats: 6.1 miles, 1,440′ of gain and loss.

Section Profile for Millard Canyon to Dawn Mine from March 2018 using Backcountry Navigator (US Forest Service-2013 map) from my phone.

Last Hiked: 3-26-2018

Route Description: Take the Lower Sunset Ridge Trail to the JCT with the road leading to the Cape of Good Hope. Follow the road up about a quarter mile to the connection with the Upper Sunset Ridge Trail and take that until you reach the junction with the Millard Canyon Trail. Go left and down at the junction and pass the cabin as you make your way up Millard Canyon. About 0.3 miles up the trail is a trail sign with an arrow that simply indicates the way to continue along the Millard Canyon Trail. However, the sign also is at a junction for the Saucer Branch Falls. It is a short 0.1 mile round trip side trip to the base of the Falls (In the profile above, this side trip was taken on the way back). Currently, the view of the falls is mostly blocked from below due to growth in vegetation. However, the trail itself to get to the base of the falls was recently maintained. Getting above the pool at the base of the falls is not safe (or even feasible for most people without climbing gear and special training). So, for everyone else (myself included), enjoy what is viewable and return to the Millard Canyon Trail. Follow the trail up the Canyon until you reach another junction. There will be three ways to proceed. Down on the left leads to the entrance to Dawn Mine from below. Access into the mine itself is now closed off. The trail forward leads nowhere and may have been an older route. The trail on the right with stone steps is the continuation of the Millard Canyon Trail. About 0.1 miles further there is another junction with a trail sign for Dawn Mine. This is the upper approach to the same entrance to the mine and appears to be the one that will be maintained moving forward. After going to the mine, make a loop and follow the trail down to the junction mentioned above. From there, return to the trailhead once again traversing through Millard Canyon and following the Sunset Ridge Trail back to the parking lot by Millard Canyon Campground.


Millard Canyon shortly after a storm (3-26-3018).