Sturtevant Falls Trail

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Sturtevant Falls Trail is a 3 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
3.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
646 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

horseback riding

trail running

walking

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.

4 days ago

this hike was stunning The Greenery was unbelievable and the waterfall was the Coupe de gras an easy hike it's a must for beginners we will definitely come back again

hiking
9 days ago

Great hike the only down side is that parking is very limited especially on weekends, get there by 6!

9 days ago

Great hike , get there early parking is limited. We parked 1/4 mile down hill. Mostly shaded hike, not much to the waterfall. The last part of hike coming back is all uphill so be prepared. Will definitely be back.

hiking
9 days ago

I was wrong! Just a short walk to the store and the Goats! Then on to the falls. Happy

hiking
9 days ago

I’m walking up and down the road. The park at 9 was Completely full. They said get here by 6 on weekend. still great!
I’ll make Thursday my hiking day

12 days ago

Easy and lovely

hiking
16 days ago

Hike was great. My kiddos had an amazing time. Dog was also enjoying nature. Will definitely do it again.

hiking
16 days ago

Took the other way from the waterfall, it was a struggle going up the mountain if you don’t have the correct shoes and take lots of water. The view was amazing and I had a great time with my girls! I’m planning on going again to the other side to where the waterfall is at! Great hike

hiking
18 days ago

great hike.
lots of people, maybe because it was spring break.

hiking
18 days ago

great hike.
lots of people, maybe because it was spring break.

hiking
18 days ago

great hike.
lots of people, maybe because it was spring break.

hiking
18 days ago

great hike.
lots of people, maybe because it was spring break.

hiking
18 days ago

great hike.
lots of people, maybe because it was spring break.

hiking
18 days ago

great hike.
lots of people, maybe because it was spring break.

hiking
18 days ago

great hike.
lots of people, maybe because it was spring break.

hiking
18 days ago

great hike.
lots of people, maybe because it was spring break.

20 days ago

Not really a hike. Just a walk to the falls. Long downhill that you eventually come back up.

hiking
22 days ago

This is a really great hike/nature trail for beginners! Pretty views and not too hard (except the beginning and end is kind of steep)

hiking
26 days ago

Nice trail, go early and avoid the crowds, if you don’t have an adventure pass park at general store, $5 and you won’t get a ticket.

hiking
28 days ago

Very easy hike, didn’t take me very long to finish. Lots of creek crossings but I have hiking shoes made for water wading so I have no problem stepping through the water it felt cool on my feet. We went around 9 am and finished it so quickly that we decided to go to Hermit Falls as well and explore some more. Not very crowded during the weekday mornings.

hiking
1 month ago

Awesome hike! Beautiful trail with some good inclines. Parking is a struggle - get there early. TIP - the interagency pass (America the Beautiful) can be used for parking here so you don't have to pay for a single day pass

hiking
1 month ago

Way too many people, easy hike, lots of mean dogs, rude teenagers, a lot of people playing shit music. Won’t be back unless I backpack to a cabin far away.

hiking
1 month ago

Great starter hike. Arrived 830a and found parking about half a mile away, trail was clear, nice cabins, pretty scenery, dont go in the toilets, enjoyed skipping across "river crossings" the water was flowing well at the falls. walked in a bit, the dog loved it.. but the incline on the way out could be an issue for some. lots of shade was a plus.

hiking
2 months ago

good little workout on this hike. enjoyed the scenery and the waterfall at the end was nice. it was extremely crowded and we had to park about a half mile down the road. the parking lot was full and many people were parking on random pull outs down the road (we did too). you'll need an adventure pass. there was a large group (at least 60 people) when we went, so it was crowded. nice overall.

hiking
2 months ago

One of the most popular trails around the area. Expect large crowds! Come to the Chantry Flats EARLY if you don't want to hike to the trailhead, this place fills up faster than Mr. Krabs who saw someone touching his money. You will need a day/ annual adventure pass.

Check out some of photos from the hike! see the crowd for yourself :)

hiking
2 months ago

This is a very cool short easy hiking trail. It starts with a 1/2 mile paved fireroad with about 400 feet of decent right out of the gate, then drops you at a bridge and a creek with another bathroom. The trail then turns to dirt and narrows and continues along the creek the rest of the way. It is mostly covered by trees so lots of shade. There are a couple easy creek crossings required and then boom, 1.5 miles in and your at the falls. It is nice and pretty clean. Lots of rocks or areas to sit and eat at the falls. I'd say this hike is very easy other than, oh yeah remember that initial 1/2 mile with 400 feet of decent?? Yeah that is all uphill at the finish, which again, for almost any hiker is still easy; however, for small children that part could be challenging, and that part is basically the only part that is actually direct sun as well. All in all still an easy beautiful family trail. The only reason I dont give this 5 stars is the parking. There is a small parking lot at the trailhead and restrooms. However, we arrived at 8am and not only was that full, with several desperate people driving in circles hoping to catch someone leaving, but cars were parked all along the road down the mountain (on both sides) which is pretty much marked everywhere either "No parking" or "No stopping" signs or painted "No parking" on the pavement. Despite all the signage, people were parked all over the area, with their vehicles sticking out into traffic way too much, along an already narrown road, which then causes all those people from those cars to have to walk up the mountain to the trailhead completely in the roadway, as vehicles were blocking the shoulder all the way. Extremely dangerous, especially for kids, which this trail is covered with. We were forced to park exactly 1 mile down the mountain from the trailhead, which hey, we're hiking, so not a huge deal, but the circumstances are less than ideal if you show up at 8am. Prior to that, i cannot speak for, but still a cool trail I recommend.

2 months ago

Nice easy hike, too crowded. Doing this hike once is enough.

hiking
2 months ago

Very pretty hike and nicely shaded but so many people, children and badly behaved dogs I couldn’t enjoy it. The cabins you pass on the trail are pretty neat but I’d only go again if no one else was hiking.

hiking
2 months ago

This is a great conditioning hike with a little bit of everything thrown in. Beautiful views, mostly shaded, some paved-unshaded. Stream crossing, rock climbing, cool and breezy, great final 10-15 minute increased elevation workout back to parking lot. My only complaint are the restroom facilities. All were beyond disgusting.. more than many of us would accept- even in the wilderness.

hiking
2 months ago

Still one of my favorite hikes, never fails.

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