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.

hiking
9 days 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.

hiking
17 days ago

Only worth it if there has been good amounts of rainfall

19 days ago

this was even prettier than the time before Birds everywhere we found a salamander and a lot of friendly people and the hike is relatively easy

hiking
20 days ago

Easy hike and a cute little waterfall at the end.

hiking
26 days ago

Cool and relaxing hike with a beautiful waterfall at the end.

1 month 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
1 month ago

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

1 month 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
1 month ago

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

hiking
1 month 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

1 month ago

Easy and lovely

hiking
1 month ago

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

hiking
1 month 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
1 month ago

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

hiking
1 month ago

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

hiking
1 month ago

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

hiking
1 month ago

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

hiking
1 month ago

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

hiking
1 month ago

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

hiking
1 month ago

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

hiking
1 month ago

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

1 month ago

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

hiking
1 month 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
1 month 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
1 month 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
2 months 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
2 months 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
2 months 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
3 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 :)

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