Sturtevant Falls Trail is a 3.3 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. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length3.3 miElevation gain708 ftRoute typeOut & back
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FIRE CLOSURE: As of February 2021 there are closures in this park or area due to wildfire. For more information, please visit https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/angeles/alerts-notices. SEASONAL ROAD CLOSURE: Roads leading to this trailhead are subject to seasonal closure. For more information, please visit https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/angeles/conditions/?cid=FSBDEV3_027722 The trail from Chantry Flat to Sturtevant Falls has been a popular hike for those wanting to escape the urban sprawl of Los Angeles since the early 1900's. You quickly feel like you’re in a forested wonderland, with Santa Anita Creek by your side. The trailhead is easily accessible from the 210 freeway. Take the Santa Anita Avenue north until you reach the Chantry Flat parking area. Due this trail’s easy access from Los Angeles, and the relative ease of the hike, this trailhead gets extremely busy. It’s recommended to visit either in the morning or on weekdays. After a leisurely hike through lush San Gabriel Mountains, you’ll reach the fifty foot waterfall. Along the way you’ll pass several manmade waterfalls, and cabins from over a hundred years ago. You will need a National Forest Adventure Pass to park. These passes can be bought at REI, USFS offices, or the Adam’s Pack Station at the trailhead.

This is a very popular destination and as a result the parking lot is almost always full. Overflow parking is wherever you can find a spot on the side of the road before reaching the parking lot. There are several stream crossings before arriving at the Falls, so trekking poles or an extra pair of socks are recommended.

From the Santa Anita exit of the 210 Freeway it's a 5 mile drive to Chantry Flats. The road is very narrow and winding for the last 3 miles so take it slow. Once at the trail head you descend a paved service road into Big Santa Anita Canyon. In the canyon the pavement yields to a well maintained trail that skirts alongside the main stream under a canopy of Live Oak and Alder.

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Jonny Emerick
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HikingGreat!

We really love this hike, we’ve done it quite a few times. Looking forward to hiking it again when it opens back up. Kind of rude that the dude who left a review below this gave it a one star because it’s closed at the moment. Wow. There was a fire, they’re trying to bring it back to life. This is definitely a 5 star hike

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Bernard Tolentino
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3/24 update: the road going up to Chantry Flats is still CLOSED until further notice.

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preston s
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Joanna Laguna
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The trail is CLOSED, stay off it! Respect nature! Please stay away.

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kim jang
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Beautiful easy trail to relax and talk on

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Dalinah Geer
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Good family trail to take.

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Sarah Lagadapati
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This trail is beautiful and Im sad its closed too, but everyone needs to respect that it is closed. Since the Bobcat fire did run through it, who knows what debris is on the trails or what rocks have been loosened since plant life has changed. Roots hold a lot of the ground together. Be understanding and respectful of others enforcing the closure.

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Irene Diffey
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A great hike for beginners and families! Fairly even most of the way, with a mild icline as you approach the waterfall. The only difficult part is the final stretch on the way back. A rewarding view once you get to the falls, especially after some rain. Friendly reminder to practice social distance, wear a mask, and respect the environment! Looking forward to going back once it’s open. I suggest getting there early to get free parking, or pay $20 to park in the lot closest to the start of the trail. Spaces run out quickly, and I don’t feel comfortable parking on the side of the road next to the rock wallde

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Cory Stuck
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Closed until April 2022. SERIOUSLY? What a bummer.

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Katerina Romanenko
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closed until april 2022 due to forrest fire :/

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David Garcia
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Unfortunately it is definitely closed. Tried driving past the “Road Closed” sign since the car behind me did just fine and the dude keeping watch of the road honked and stepped of the car and was pretty rude about it. Hope to visit soon.

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Veronica Aguilera
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Yazmine Cortes
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Beautiful hiking

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Rosa Aguilar
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Natalie Teutla
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Eric Wu
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it's mesquito galore....turn around after 1 hour...just unbearable.

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Allison Taylor
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Just a warning the first .2 miles of the hermit falls part has no shade because of a fire on the hill.

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Ionie Shira
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Too much of a city trail for my taste. Lots of trash, huge family groups, noisy, dirty stream, too many people at the waterfall. I would rate an easy to moderate hike only because of the incline you have to go up to get to the parking lot coming out of the canyon. The rest is super easy for a hiker in shape.

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Jeff Anderson
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Beautiful morning hike on this trail ... steep descent on a paved road to start out, then a flat to slight uphill trail to the falla that winds along a stream and various rustic cabins and structures. The falls themselves are spectacular, of course. Photos don’t lie.

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Jessi Vee
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Enrico Johan
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Okay

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Xen X
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Great hike . Easy peasy coming back up

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Angie Cifuentes
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Walter Gálvez
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Been on this trail before and it’s good. Only hard part is coming back with the steep hill. Highly recommend starting before 8:30 am during the summer. The rest of the year isn’t too busy. Currently open every day and dog friendly.

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