Sturtevant Falls Trail

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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

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.

hiking
13 hours 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.

14 hours ago

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

hiking
6 days 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
9 days 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
14 days ago

Still one of my favorite hikes, never fails.

hiking
14 days ago

Its a very nice hike. You need to buy a pass to park or they give out tickets. The pass is like 5$ and you can park on the parking lot or down the mountian. Its a very narrow road so be careful. The hike is about and hour getting to the waterfall & like 30 min coming back. Killer hills !! Amazing views the waterfall isnt that deep you can go in and the water will reach your stomach or lower. Amazing place!!

15 days ago

this place must be there early cause it gets pack but there is a lot going on and there is a lot to discover but it's very nice I love it and my dog London love as well

15 days ago

Great hike. Beautiful waterfall and tranquil, heavily wooded creek with many cabins abound. Some dog owners don’t keep their dogs on leash, which can be somewhat disruptive. The return climb is a bit intense but otherwise this trek is fairly easy!

15 days ago

Loved this trail! It’s beautiful with cute cabins along the way to the falls. That incline coming back up was intense but enjoyed the hike overall!

hiking
19 days ago

A pretty quick easy hike if you’re in moderately good shape. Just wore boots and brought a water bottle and that was all I needed. A very pretty trail with cute cabins dotting the hills on the way in. A very popular trail. Climbing up to the top of the falls is pretty fun too.

hiking
19 days ago

Fun hike. started at the lot, hiked to falls, then to the top and back to the lot. was about 5 miles round trip. the last mile was most difficult due to the incline but we made it.

hiking
21 days ago

There are several trails in this area, they are so nice. beautiful scenery.

Sturdivant trail is easy, minus the incline on the way back..

23 days ago

Easy hike limited parking
Low water at Falls this time and around

26 days ago

Pretty good. Secret chest behind the waterfall if you wanted to know...! Great gameplay 9.5/10-rotten tomatoes.

26 days ago

Great loot. Tried multiple times to defeat the boss. Hardest boss I’ve ever fought against. Used all my shield positions.

26 days ago

Great checkpoints. good boss. but that collectible was hard to find. 10/10 good game. -IGN

26 days ago

Nice simple trail, good sites. Can get quite busy.

29 days ago

My dog's favorite trail. Plenty of shade and stream crossings for the pups to cool their feet in, awesome cabins you'll wish you could have, and a lovely waterfall that some people take a dip in (too cold for me, though!)

hiking
1 month ago

Nice short hike, with most of it downhill to the falls, and uphill back

hiking
1 month ago

Nice hike with a beautiful waterfall, a bit crowded on the weekend.

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