Sturtevant Falls Trail

MODERATE 938 reviews
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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

wild flowers

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.

6 days ago

Currently my favorite trail, however it becomes very busy during the week ends. I would suggest to arrive super early or car pool.

11 days ago

We visited today at around 7:30 am and finding parking was a hassle! Overall getting to the waterfall wasn’t overly difficult however save the energy for the way back, its much more difficult. Overall this is a beautiful trail and is very tranquil. Definitely would recommend it.

11 days ago

Hot today!! A bit crowded and parking was difficult.
Great hike though.

trail running
19 days ago

The waterfall is a trickle, but the trail is pretty and not crowded (if you go early).

25 days ago

Very pretty and shady out and back hike. Lots of trees and follows a stream, a lush hidden gem lined with old picturesque cabins. The falls at the end were dried up when we went due to the dry summer, but still very pretty and I imagine it’s fantastic when flowing. As others mention, the last 1/4 on the way back is unshaded and uphill - a good workout on an otherwise pretty easy trail. We brought our two dogs and they loved it. Several other dogs on the trail. Not overly crowded, but we went somewhat late (started at 3:30pm). Less people and cooler at that time.

hiking
1 month ago

Pretty easy going down to the waterfall only about 1.8 miles but on the return it can be a little difficult due to the incline. Plan accordingly.

1 month ago

nice with 4 kids

hiking
1 month ago

the trail was great not much water but still a great view and great pictures. but like everyone says the last part of the hike is all up hill to get back to your car so defiantly prepare for a work out

hiking
1 month ago

Nice day hike. Wasn’t much water at the waterfall but did find a garden snake and turtle there.

hiking
1 month ago

The waterfall itself is currently a trickle ending in a small pool. It’s still pretty. The hike to get to it was lovely, very green, lots of shady trees. Like folks have already mentioned that last half mile back up to the parking lot is rough and exposed. Almost no shade. Be prepared to sweat and get a good thigh workout. Also watch out for the gnats that follow you all the way through the hike. They wouldn’t let up!

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike...

Given the heat and lack of rain lately, the waterfalls were more of a faucet left on by accident. Still, would come again because of the hike to the falls. Shaded and beautiful.

As others have said, the first half mile or so from the parking lot, on the paved road, is a doozy. Be prepared to work to get back to your car.

Come early, bring a lot of water and yes, bring bug spray.

hiking
1 month ago

The first part is a bit difficult on the way back. Other than that it’s a beautiful trail.

2 months ago

Beautiful trail, easy once you’re off the paved portion, the paved area is very steep so it had a a level of difficulty to the trail in the way back. Lot’s of cottages along the path that make this the enchanted forest. Decent size swimming hole and waterfall at the end. An enjoyable hike. Many trails off this one, not always clear on the descriptions which trail they are referring to.

hiking
2 months ago

Awesome cute trail , can be difficult every once in a while but over all a really calm hike !

hiking
2 months ago

Took my 3 year old with no carrier on hot day, bad move. Outside of that, nice little hike to the waterfall. We splashed around for a bit and made our way back. Would for sure do again with a carrier.

horseback riding
2 months ago

Nice place to visit beautiful easy trail
The trail itself is pretty clear and easy to hike
Be prepared to pay for parking (ticket otherwise) you need some sort of pass -
Equestrians do not visit during the weekend there will be no parking for trailers -go during the week -
There are TONS of poison oak but trails are pretty clear (so stay on it ) bring bug spray - the only down side was it’s VERY rocky for horses towards the end closer to falls -fine for hikers just be careful if you have equine friends joining -will definitely be returning with my pup for a good hike the scenery and sound of the running stream is nice .

hiking
2 months ago

Not the most spectacular falls in the San Gabriels (especially in the summer), but well worth the drive. The creekside trail is mostly shaded and passes come quaint cabins from the early 1900s. However, the first half mile or so down to Roberts camp is on a paved, unshaded road with about a 12% grade, all uphill on the way back, so plan accordingly.

hiking
2 months ago

Pretty easy hike, until the hike out. This weekend was super hot so it was rough. Bring plenty of water and take rests.
My doggy was tuckered

hiking
2 months ago

Great hike! Don’t forget your insect repellent!

2 months ago

Great morning hike to the Waterfall. Going down is easy, but going up is a bit challenging.

hiking
2 months ago

This is me and my K-9s favorite place to go if we have a free weekday off! Otherwise weekends suuuuuuuuckah! It’s super shaded and a great work out too! Dope little water splash at the end where we chill and eat some lunch! Either way be cool and respect Mother Nature and clean up after your self there’s more and more trash along the way and it sucks cleaning up after other people.

3 months ago

Nice and cool down between the trees. Once down in the canyon area the trek is pretty leisurely. I ended up jogging back from the waterfall with my partner.

hiking
3 months ago

Very good trail, on the way back you go to a big steep hill, but every else was fantastic.

hiking
3 months ago

Good easy path ways, clean and nice wild flowers to enhance your nice peaceful hike. Save your energy for the return as there's a steep climb back up to civilization. Don't forget to bring your adventure pass! Parking can be made possible via valet service for $20, parking on the side of the road or if your lucky in the parking lot.

hiking
3 months ago

Lovely casual hike to a waterfall. Cute cabins along the way. It’s not difficult but does end with a good uphill stretch. Parking is difficult so come early or come late or be prepared to add distance to your hike walking to/from your car.

3 months ago

Nice chill hike! Take it slow up! Nice water fall with water.

3 months ago

Very easy very crowded lots of poisen oak be careful

3 months ago

Very nice, moderate trail with plenty of shade. Did water testing here today (Memorial Day) and it was very crowded by the time we left (11:30 A.M.), which is normal for a holiday or weekend. I recommend going on the early side to avoid the crowd.

hiking
4 months ago

Took off on a misty, cloudy morning with my 3 1/2 year old grandson, and Auntie Penny, a great hike. We did 5 miles, my grandson is a great little hiker and had no problem rock jumping across streams and getting to the waterfall.

hiking
4 months ago

Just did a Mother’s Day hike with my kiddos and hubby. Pre-purchased a parking pass from Big 5. Arrived around 2:30pm and got lucky with a great parking spot. Beautiful scenery and easy hike with a cool little waterfall at the end. There’s a lot of cute old cabins through out the trail too. Hardest part but not that hard was walking up the hill back to the car.

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