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Sturtevant Falls

A leisurely hike through an enchanted portion of the San Gabriel Mountains leading to a fifty foot waterfall.
Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 3.7 miles
Duration: 1-3 hours
Family Friendly

Overview :  The trail from Chantry Flats to Sturtevant Falls has been a popular hike for those wanting to escape the urban sprawl of Los Angeles... more »

Tips:  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 ... more »

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Points of Interest

1. Trail Head

Locate the paved service road to the right of the lower parking lot below the restrooms. Here you descend on pavement for 0.6 miles into Big Santa Anita Canyon, an elevation loss of 350 feet. As you descend try not to think about the ascent on the return trip.

2. Junction First Water Trail to Hermet Falls

This junction leads to First Water and the pools of Hermit Falls. Continue your descent on the paved service road.

3. First Manmade Falls

The first of several man-made concrete check dams built by the Los Angeles County Flood Control District in the early 1960s. These dams have mellowed over the years and have almost become part of the landscape offering the soothing sound of cascading waterfalls.

4. Winter Creek Bridge

Here the pavement ends as you veer right and cross the Winter Creek bridge to the old site of Robert's Camp where Big Santa Anita Canyon and Winter Creek converge. A trail sign offers a number of destinations and points the direction to Sturtevant Falls, 1 1/4 miles.

5. Along stream with cabins

The trail begins to narrow as you walk alongside the stream under a canopy of Live Oak and Alder. Along the way you'll see a number of privately owned cabins built between 1906 and 1937.

6. #67 Castle on the Creek

Here you pass by a sign reminding you to "Take care of the land. Someday you'll be part of it". Continue on and veer to the left passing #67 Castle on the Creek.

7. Fern Lodge Junction - Gabrelino Trail

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8. Fiddler's Crossing - 1st water crossing

Veer to the right and follow the path lined with ivy to the first water crossing.

9. Second Water Crossing


10. Third Water Crossing

This is the last scramble to get to the falls. You should be able to hear it and catch a glimpse of it here. Continue on.

11. Sturtevant Falls

You have arrived at your destination. Take time to relax and enjoy the falls before turning around and returning the way you came.