Sturtevant Falls Trail

MODERATE 494 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, and horses and is best used from November until March. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

3.1 miles 682 feet Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly



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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.

2 days ago

Great views from the trail. Slight issue of people not picking up after themselves or their pets. The recent increase in rainfall has made the waterfall and creek gorgeous. Get their early to beat the crowds.

2 days ago

super fun short trail! declines first to follow a river to a waterfall. a very stroll-y hike; a woman in a power scooter even made her way down. only bummer for me was that it's paved for the first bit and also there are little cottages along the walk (takes away from the nature feel). totally worth it for the waterfall and beyond, though.

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5 days ago

great inclines, awesome scenery, and a nice waterfall at the end

6 days ago

tons of green! if you love an adventure go past the waterfall up the trail and continue on it's pretty dope.

7 days ago

Started out early around 8 on a Monday and it was still pretty crowded. The parking is a nightmare and there was way to many dogs, some not even on leashes. It's a pretty hike, mostly covered with shade. I'm just not a fan of crowded hikes I'd recommend getting there around 6am and staying away from it on the weekends.

7 days ago

I'm fat, so going back up from this hike made me sweat like a piggy! :)

8 days ago

Absolutely beautiful

Great for kids

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11 days ago

Went on this trail yesterday via Chantry Flats. This hike was amazing! You can literally make this an all day hike if you keep on going on the numerous hikes all around you! Definitely going back again! Make sure you have your adventure pass for parking or you will get fined!

12 days ago

12 days ago

I completed this hike on a Wednesday, starting at about 11:30 am (we had an hour delay after a large rock made its acquaintance with my windshield on the drive out there - big rig and freeway, no fault of the mountain).

Don't forget your adventure pass for parking!

The trail was lightly trafficked midweek (but I'm sure there's crowds on the weekends). The initial descent is on a paved access road, and is a bit steep. Remember, you will have to climb out the same way you went in, so be prepared for quite the workout at the end. We had only a warm day too, so I can't imagine the ascent on a hot summer day. This access road is the only reason this trail is moderate instead of easy.

Once you reach the bottom, smooth sailing all the way. There's quite a lot of cabins (some clearly rentals) along the picturesque creek. At first, they seemed cute and quaint. But after a bit, they somewhat ruin the hike if you're looking for more of a natural and secluded vibe. This is the reason for loss of the fifth star in my review.

Beautiful wild periwinkles EVERYWHERE! And some other cool flora during this richly vibrant season.

The waterfall at the end is spectacular and well makes up for the cabin town along the trail. The water is really flowing right now, and the height of the fall is impressive. When the breeze come through, the cold water let's off quite a chilly mist, but it's beautiful!

13 days ago

14 days ago

You need adventures pass $5 for parking. I got at my local 5 big sporting goods in my area. I suggest you come before 6am if you want a good parking spot. Good hike to take a date or for beginners if you just come here to see the waterfalls.