Sturtevant Falls Trail

MODERATE 601 reviews
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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, trail running, and horses and is best used from November until March. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
3.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
682 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

trail running

walking

horseback riding

forest

river

views

waterfall

wildlife

bugs

washed out

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.

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Relatively easy and short hike to the waterfall. Gets extremely crowded on weekends so plan ahead and start early. You have the option to veer off the main trail and extend your hike to go above the waterfall.

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16 days ago

Nice trail with a moderate water output for the falls. The waterfall is shallow enough to walk in, which makes for a nice full body dunk after a hot hike. Try it! You may like it!

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17 days ago

My first time going on this trail. It was beautiful. Going down is easy the hard part is coming back up. As you're coming back up the hikers going down tell you "you're almost there" lol gives a bit of motivation.

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17 days ago

Avoid weekends. Chantry Flats is home to some lovely hikes but on weekends it's just full of a-holes and their kids leaving a trail of litter everywhere they go. A shame. We collected nearly two 13-gallon bags of garbage on the trail to the falls and by the time we were ready to hike back there was another bag's worth of litter back on the same trail. Most of the litter was plastic starbucks cups and water bottles.

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20 days ago

Nice hike. Falls can be dry during the summer or lack of rain.

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1 month ago

Parking is painful. The lot fills up early, and it's a very crowded trail. So it is not uncommon for you to have to park 1 to 2 miles down the hill and hike up the road before you even start at the trailhead.

Then the first half mile of the trail is just hiking down a paved road. So you don't actually get to start hiking on a dirt trail until mile 2. But from that point forward it's very pretty and well shaded.

Just keep in mind that since it's an out and back, when you're done you have to hike back up that paved road hill again.

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