Hermit Falls to Sturtevant Falls Loop [CLOSED]

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Angeles National Forest

Hermit Falls to Sturtevant Falls Loop [CLOSED] is a 5.2 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Sierra Madre, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from March until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 5.2 miles Elevation Gain: 1,145 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly


nature trips


bird watching



wild flowers



Please note that this trail is currently closed due to COVID19.

no shade
2 months ago

Road closures so you’ll have to hike 3 miles up and you’ll be out in the sun. But once you do get to the hike, it’s partly shaded and a few waterfalls.

2 months ago

My favorite hike after the rain! Plenty of newts out and a few snakes. Waterfall is currently flowing beautifully and trail is not muddy!

Good for enjoying nature with moderate level.

4 months ago

Stop at the Arco before you go up the hill for a parking pass or else your S*** outta luck

washed out
5 months ago

8 months ago

fantastic hike, pleasant and fun enjoy nature

10 months ago

Steady steep climb up. Single track, allows mountain biking, horseback riding and dogs

11 months ago

If you’d like to experience two waterfalls in one hike, take this loop. The smaller Hermits Falls comes up first by descending along a shady trail through the canyon. And after retracing the trial back through the canyon, there will be a junction guiding you to the soothing Sturtevant Falls. Very invigorating!

Wed May 15 2019

Such a good fun trail! So much water! Now is the time to go if you want to take a dip. Hopefully it warms up soon though. Not too trafficked at all. Nice clean trail. Be sure to get the park pass at the ARCO before getting there, the little store above was closed. A nice hike to go and spend the day by the water.

Wed Apr 24 2019

Trail is awesome. Moderate hike but still a good workout considering you go downhill then uphill to get back to the parking lot. Buy the $5 (cash only) parking pass at the ARCO gas station before you go up the hill. Sometimes the store up the hill runs out or their closed and then it’s a pain to drive all the way back down to get it. At the beginning of the trail their is an option to go to Sturtevant falls or hermit falls. I took the Sturtevant falls trail and it was mostly shady. Bring water shoes if u don’t want ur feet to get wet, their are lots of streams to cross over& even though theirs paths sometimes u get ur feet wet anyway. The waterfall is definitely worth it. Their are lots of rocks and places to hangout at down their and you can get in the water. The trail is super easy to follow and kid friendly & dog friendly!! ENJOY!!

Sun Apr 14 2019

A decent waterfall in Southern California gets an automatic 5 stars from me. Like all of the popular spots around this area, there were a lot of people on the trail--and the corresponding parking problems. I scored a nice one. Get here early and you'll have a great experience. YOU NEED A $5 PASS AND YOU CAN BUY IT HERE. PRO TIP: Drive all the way to the parking lot up top, have somebody run in and buy the pass and jump back in the car with you before you go find your parking spot! Otherwise you will do a lot of potentially long-distance back-and-forth walking that is unnecessary. Anyway, no panoramic views of the city here.. not that kind of hike. Beautiful, lush, green scenery on a hike along the creek. Gorgeous falls. Would be significantly better after a bunch of rain.. and in the summer it's probably a trickle, so timing is everything for a waterfall here. The Sturtevant Falls portion of the hike had a bunch of people, but the Hermit Falls section was significantly less populated. Sturtevant takes the waterfall prize here though. No clear view of Hermit Falls (not much photo op), but a couple of guys were leaping down into the swimming hole there, so that looked fun but I wasn't prepared for swimming. Maybe next time. Anyway, enjoyed it, and will come back with my kids for the Sturtevant portion if and when the falls are flowing well.

Sat Mar 30 2019

The Sturtevant Falls side starts with pavement and is heavily trafficked. The scenery is beautiful though. On the way back it is more difficult to know which way to navigate to access Hermit falls...great having this app. Took a small trail to the left of the wooden bridge. Crossed the water several times, but rocks or logs were helpful (same with Sturtevant Falls side). The ascent is switchbacks on a very narrow path that is lightly traveled. Eventually you wind up at the paved path close to the top. Loved combining these two as I preferred the less traveled side.

Wed Mar 27 2019

awesome hike! prepare to get your feet wet.

Sun Mar 17 2019

Beautiful hike! It is a little bit steep so you will get a good workout. You cross the river 3 or 4 times. There are rocks and logs you can use to cross, I like getting my feet in the cold water, I feel it gets my circulation going.

Fri Mar 15 2019

REQUIRES ADVENTURE PASS - PURCHASE ON SITE. Great weekday hike. Still had a fair amount of people on the Sturtevant Falls side but it was really pretty lightly trafficked during the week. Parking was manageable too. The trek down to Hermit Falls was steep and narrow but no problem to negotiate. The falls and spillways were flowing great. Tons of great photo ops. Lots of water crossings so come prepared to get your feet wet. It was cool seeing all the little cabins down in the canyon along the creek. Really makes you wonder how it all got down there. The Sturtevant Falls were a real treat. Raging and gorgeous. The water was cold but refreshing to stand in and take pics in front of the falls. Lots of mosquitos down there incidentally

Sun Dec 02 2018

Sturdevant Falls was robust and beautiful after a heavy rain earlier this week. Five stars! It’s my favorite local waterfall so far with a beautiful approach through a shady canyon dotted with century-old cabins. We started the morning with a detour to Hermit Falls. The approach was lovely, but the amount of graffiti at the falls was, well, disappointing. I would like to volunteer to help cover it—the only blemish in an otherwise perfect day. Oh, save some energy for the final climb to the trailhead. It’s a doozy!

nature trips
Mon Sep 03 2018

honestly disappointed in This hike there were so many people that were present and for me when I want to get in touch with nature and get away from the busy ness of Southern California I don't want to be around a bunch of people. And what is worse is the quality of people I experienced on this hike. There were quite a few drug users people whom would litter, And quite a few graffiti writers have defaced the fall areas and cabins. I understand some people like to have the artificialness of stores and roads By I truly hated the fact there were so many pave roads for quite a bit of the hike.. I will just stick to difficult and desolate hikes from now on.

Fri Aug 31 2018

Loved this hike, pretty amazing, kinda of mind blowing to see the cabins in the middle of nowhere. Easy hike , well defined trails, lot of options to travel on, beware of rattlesnakes, but a great time, just prepare for the trip up the fire road on the way back. Also parking is a bear, get there early.

Sun Apr 15 2018

Took my 11 year old daughter and 12 year old son who have only done Mt Rubidoux 4 mile hikes previously. We did this loop, but added a short trip to the top of Sturtevant Falls after we reached the Falls basin. We went back 1/4 mile to the Gabrelino Trail and headed around to the top of the Falls for a different view and then back down to the basin where our group was waiting. My Garmin InReach registered this at 8 miles. This group of trails is awesome and very doable for almost anyone. There is shade on 85% of the trail, you walk along a beautiful creek most of the way, you see several small cabins along the way, lots of easy creek crossing which the kids loved, even if they get a little wet, and trail is mainly wide dirt gravel mix. The only complaint is the tiny parking lot gets full by 6am on weekends so you will be parking on the road approaching the parking lot and adding mileage to your trek.

Mon Feb 26 2018

awesome way to see both falls in one easy going hike. heading down to first water is scenic as you walk along the river, you feel isolated. then coming back up to sturtvant along the river is much nicer than the fire road you return on. hermit is way less busy that surtvant, go early to avoid the crowds. and enjoy the walk up the river. parking always sucks so plan to add an extra mile or two.

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