Sturtevant Falls Trail

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Angeles National Forest

Sturtevant Falls Trail is a 3 mile heavily 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, 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

walking

running

forest

partially paved

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

washed out

fee

NOTE: It has been reported that the entrance can CLOSE if it gets too crowded, so please plan accordingly and try to go early. Please see the park's website for up to date information. 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 USFS pass, you can get a day pass $5 at REI.

13 hours ago

If you go during the right time of year the waterfall is beautiful and the pool at the bottom is enough water to swim in. Got there about 10am on a Thursday and it was very packed. I was lucky enough to get a parking spot in the upper lot as someone was leaving. A lot of people on the trail and at the falls. It’s a nice trail can’t really get lost just a couple parts of were it’s not immediately clear where to cross the river but other than that it’s great and I felt safe doing the trail alone. Also as I was leaving lots of cops ticketing people for parking on the side of the road just FYI.

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closed
13 hours ago

Gate closed at entrance of the uphill parking. Other than that, Good trail to hike to sturtevant or hermit falls.

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bugs
muddy
1 day ago

I enjoyed this trail a lot! I took my dog with me, it was a great weekend activity. It was crowded at the end of the trail (the falls) so if you are worried about coronavirus, bring a mask! There was a lot of foot traffic and we got there around 10:45/11am. The parking was completely full so we parked down the mountain in a turnout area. A lot of other cars parked on the other side of the street and got parking tickets, so be careful and look for no parking signs. It was a good experience overall and the hike back up was a little challenging for me (a first time hiker).

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closed
1 day ago

Tried to go yesterday 5/31 but stopped by officers posted at entrance to uphill parking. They said it was closed due to riots that all officers had to report to LA for back up during riots. And if there were to be an emergency the fire department and police department were all in LA.

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2 days ago

This trail is Beautiful! Went on Tuesday the 26th, arrived at 830am but the gate was closed. 2 adults 4 kids ages 11, 10, 9, & 7. We walked about 3 miles to get to the parking/main entrance. It was a killer walk but we all made it and so worth the hike down to the waterfall with alot of shade, kids loved it. We shared the waterfall with a few people, it was great! The water felt amazing with the warm weather it was perfect. Don't forget freeze water bottles and water shoes for kids. I hope you find parking if the gate is open. If closed, be prepared to walk about 3 miles uphill with little shade. A lot of people gave up and walked back to their cars.

Beautiful hike on a cooler day. 85% shade. Beware of the poisonous poodle dog bush once descending from Mt. Wilson (if hiking counter clockwise), look up photos of it before heading out on this hike so you don’t accidentally brush against it. Lots of water flowing as of 5/30/20! Arrived at 630 am and parking lot was full. The masses were headed to the falls. After the falls, you’ll encounter only a handful of more experienced hikers and not the general public in their jeans and vans sneakers :)

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rocky
3 days ago

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4 days ago

Great trail/hike. 5.5/10 difficulty. Great view of a waterfall at the end! 3 miles round trip.

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4 days ago

Overall great trail to hike/workout. Nice views of streams and smaller waterfalls up until you reach the main waterfall. Parking gets crazy on the weekends so definitely recommend going during the week if you can.

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4 days ago

So many people screaming and yelling. The amount of people and their loudness ruined the experience. No hiking etiquette on the trail. Parking was difficult to find and I arrived at 7:30 am. I parked down the road some ways and walked up to the trail. The waterfall would have been a nice place to sit and enjoy a packed lunch if only it wasn't crowded with loud people.

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5 days ago

Crowded.

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bugs
5 days ago

I absolutely loved this trail. There’s was a mixture of everything examples: incline, shady areas, flat surface, waterfalls, amazing leg workout !! Definitely returning.

5 days ago

Easy and short trail. Personally, I avoid Chantry Flats on the weekend because the parking lot gets full. This trail starts of downhill, walking near the stream. Very fun for kids and dogs, waterfall at the end is cute. If you want a pleasant nature walk that is shaded this is a good option, if you want a more challenging hike try another trail.

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rocky
6 days ago

Recommended to Bring: -bug spray -good shoes with grip -water I came around 4:00pm and found a parking spot next to the trail entrance.Parking is limited so come early. There is a lot of mosquitoes and bugs so make sure you take bug spray. This hike downhill to the waterfall is not so bad scenic, shady, creeks along the way ,people were even swimming in some spots. It’s a pretty decent length to the waterfall. Once to the water fall it is a gorgeous, peaceful sight and worth the long hike there . The hike uphill is INTENSE!!!! Brace yourself. I wouldn’t recommended this trail for young kids or beginners. Such a good hike as far as incline, length and scenery.

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7 days ago

one of my favorite hikes that ends with a beautiful waterfall. Pretty shady throughout so the pups was happy overall but that final leg of uphill is a killer. A good killer but still a killer. Also, if youre going during the quarantine note that it gets SUPER CROWDED in terms of parking. The cops closed off the entrance probably around 10-11am. Majority of people were walking up to even get to the trail. If youre lucky you can snag a parking spot for $20 but even those are hard to come by. FYI!

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8 days ago

Seems crowded from all the cars but not that many people on trail. Cute cabins along the way. Shady. Ends with a steep hill. Great hike!

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8 days ago

Very nice trail, easy access and walk in the forests most of the times. Start with paved downhill and end with uphill. The waterfall has decent amount of water, it’s a very crowded weekend for my experience, but passing through several water streams along the trail is quite fun!

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8 days ago

I absolutely loved this trail! it was beautiful and the waterfall at the end was so worth it. the one downside is that it gets packed and there’s a lot of no parking areas and many cars got towed. you have to get there early if you want to find good parking. I got there around 8am and it was packed already. Also it sucker going to the end of the waterfall and there being a lot of people but it was still worth it. Also the roads getting to the hike are very windy and narrow so be safe and have fun!

It’s a great , easy hike except the first 600 yards. Be there early , after eight there is basically no parking. Lots of people. Highly recommended if you don’t mind the crowd.

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no shade
8 days ago

Went on a Sunday (I know, yikes. Best day for the fam). Takes about 3-4miles to even get to the start of the trail (depending where you park in the residential streets). Got there way too late apparently and they shut the parking lot because it was so full. I wanted to take my mom on a nice stroll because I know it’s a beautiful hike, but she couldn’t make it uphill to the start so we went somewhere else. I didn’t wanna give this trail itself too harsh of a rating. It’s great if you’re athletic! But if you’re looking to come and get close parking on a weekend, good luck!!

9 days ago

beautiful waterfall and so peaceful

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rocky
9 days ago

Great trail! Very beautiful breathtaking views It was too crowded, too many people hard to park an additional 2 miles to walk by it was worth it for sure!

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9 days ago

Very easy and short with lots of photo opportunities.

9 days ago

Way too much traffic, couldn't even find parking. You would never think there is a pandemic with the number of people around, I can't imagine how busy it would be if there wasn't covid-19!! Couldn't do the hike it was too crowded, now heading home.

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9 days ago

Great trail. Plenty of shade after the first 800 meters or so. Lots of waterfalls throughout. I’d advice to go early to find parking near the trailhead.

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fee
10 days ago

Wayyyyyy too crowded!! I got there a little before 9 am and of course it’s the weekend and I was expecting to busy and heavy trafficked but not like this. I have never been somewhere with so many people to the point I just didn’t even bother going. I wish they regulated the amount of people, especially during these weird times. Drive up there was easy until you get to where everyone parked and walks in the road. Would like to try another time.

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10 days ago

Waterfall looked amazing!!! Honestly, there wasn’t many people (not crowded at all) However, the gate to go up bc there wasn’t anymore parking. I parked on the street, & holy cow... it’s about 10 mile hike (in total) to the hike & back... Not going to feel my legs tomorrow, but extremely worth it!!!

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