Sturtevant Falls Trail is a 3.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Sierra Madre, California that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and horses and is best used from November until March. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
A leisurely hike through an enchanted portion of the San Gabriel Mountains leading to a fifty foot waterfall. The trail from Chantry Flats to Sturtevant Falls has been a popular hike for those wanting to escape the urban sprawl of Los Angeles since the early 1900's. This is an easy hike and perfect for anyone new to hiking but be aware that the last 0.6 mile return to the parking lot is all uphill. You will need a USDF pass, you can get a day pass $5 at REI.
The hill down at the beginning.....and back up at the end, is tough! The hike along the stream and the falls are beautiful right now though after all of the rain we have had!
Lots of water right now!
Love love love! Easy trail, went on a Monday not heavily trafficked when kids are at school. Very shady.
Refreshing and scenic
Great little hike, not to strenuous at all. After a rain storm the waterfall becomes mighty and is a spectacle to see.
The area is beautiful and the creeks and falls are really nice after all the rain! I went on a Thursday and it wasn't crowded. My dog really enjoyed it! She loved to play in the water. It was a very enjoyable stroll. The last uphill stretch is a little exhausting, but if you know to save some energy for it, it's not too bad!
Beautiful hike... it does get packed, so go early as possible! Heading back to the car was killer... its uphill towards the end of the trail! But the falls were amazing!
Like others before me have said, the first 20-15 minutes is down so you have to spend that time coming back up at the end. This was the only challenging part of the trail for us: otherwise a quiet serene beautiful trail experience.
Thank you to Park staff for upkeep!!!!
beginning is not leisure... the stream and waterfalls are relaxing and pretty. the end is a nice place to sit and soak up a small bit of the worlds beauty!
did this hike over rhe weekend. you will need a USDF pass. you can get a day pass $5 at REI. parking is tricky, but there are several trails you can take once you're there. remember you go down and you have to come back up. beautiful with lots of photo ops. the falls are raging right now. worth it to soend the day and explore. lots of water crossing.
The falls look great. I know some people complain about it being crowded but there's a reason why! Also, if you select a 3 mi round trip hike with a waterfall, you can't be surprised it's crowded.