Sturtevant Falls Trail

MODERATE 688 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
629 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.

hiking
16 days ago

Great easy trail for beginners. Beautiful and peaceful scenery.

hiking
18 days ago

Loved it!! Gave me the best work out! And the water fall was a lovely bonus!

19 days ago

Great views on this hike

hiking
20 days ago

Great trail. A little rough coming back up. Really fun. Parking was $20 yikes!

hiking
24 days ago

beautiful! the incline at the end is rough though.... good workout

25 days ago

Beautiful hike in the forrest. One of my favorite.

1 month ago

amazing

hiking
1 month ago

We took the trail to Hermit Falls then caught back up with the main trail down the line. Fantastic route off the beaten track.

1 month ago

the falls was better than I expected

hiking
1 month ago

They weren't kidding about that return hike! But what a beautiful hike. Falls are small but beautiful and you can see the whole thing.

1 month ago

This hike is amazing!

1 month ago

Great scenery... hate the uphill trek in the sun at the very end though. It’s now open again (was closed last week due to the fire)

1 month ago

one of my favorite

1 month ago

one of my favorite places to go

hiking
2 months ago

The paved road coming back is steep! Mentally prepare yourself for that, especially since it's the very end of the trail. The rest of the trail is lovely. The waterfall was more of a trickle than a downpour at this time of year. But I was just grateful to see water!

hiking
3 months ago

Hiked 9/9/17 OMGosh what a great trail! It's actually 1.8 in and 1.8 out (so a half mile more than it says on here). I took my 7yo boy and 9yo girl. They LOVED it. There isn't a lot of water at the falls, but still enough to get wet (mid shin deep), there are tons of tadpoles and tiny frogs to be caught in the water too. I found parking very close at around 11 am, we were leisurely about it and spent about 40 minutes at the waterfall, making it back by about 3:30-4. You can get your day pass at any Big 5 too (more of them than REI; consider a year pass for $30).

The only steep part is the way back for the last 3/4 mile (this is also the only unshaded part). Best part, no ponderosa pines, instead lots of ivy and oak!!!!!!

3 months ago

Easy hike. I suggest either going early in the morning or around noon for parking

3 months ago

Take bug spray! Mosquitos were everywhere. Pretty easy to follow trails just know that there is no major incline on this trail so if you find your self going up you're prob on the trail to Tom Sloan Saddle. Not much water on 9/4/17 just a small little stream

3 months ago

Great hike, get there early parking is limited and make sure you have your adventure pass you can get one at REI or Big 5. The beginning on the mini decent to the hike is paved so not much of a hike but once you get about a half mile in its dirt and rock. Very pretty scenery and lots of old cabins along the way. Lots of people!! Make sure you bring lots of water if you are going late morning early after noon. The hardest part for me was the walk back up the paved way since the sun was so hot. Not much water either but once we get some rain or snow later this year it will be a great hike to do.

hiking
3 months ago

Great hike!! Only downfall was we got there a little late there was, no parking. Parked car,then realized we needed parking permit so we had to walk 1 1/2 miles back to our vehicle to place the parking pass.
It's beautiful and well shaded most of the way, not much of a water fall right now more like a small stream of water, but still worth the view, there is still a good size pond.

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