Sturtevant Falls is one of the finest waterfalls in Angeles National Forest. The 3.25-mile hike from Chantry Flats to the falls follows a pristine creek past resort era cabins. This is one of the most popular hike in the San Gabriel Mountains, and with good reason.
To get to the waterfall, start from Chantry Flats and head down the paved road toward Roberts Camp, a quaint collection of quiet cabins surrounded by ivy-covered oaks and bays. This turn-of-the-century resort camp definitely isn’t abandoned, but you probably won’t see any of its residents.
There is 0.6 miles of steep pavement at the start of this hike as you descend to Roberts Camp. If you feel like you walk on too much pavement in Los Angeles as it is, there is an alternate route down to Roberts Camp. Near the top of the road, you will pass a junction with First Water Trail on the right. This dirt trail winds down the mountain and ends in Roberts Camp a little further down the canyon. If you turned down Santa Anita Canyon, you would reach Hermit Falls, but if you head up the canyon, you can follow the creek past Roberts Camp cabins to reach to the main trail. This route is one mile long, as opposed to the 0.6 miles down the paved road.
Cabins along the trail
From the end of the paved road at Roberts Camp, cross the bridge and follow the sign for Gabrielino Trail to Sturtevant Falls. Enjoy the calm sounds of the creek as you hike the wide trail up the canyon. Rock hopping is necessary at a few creek crossings, but what would a waterfall hike be without these? After 1 1/4 miles and 300 feet of elevation gain, you will be greeted by Sturtevant Falls, a site that is worth the risk of a few wet toes. A large space at the base of the falls provides decent viewing room for the 60-foot tumbler. Pack a picnic and sit beside the water before heading out and up.
To extend this hike, continue beyond the falls on Gabrielino Trail to Spruce Grove Camp. Additionally, you could add a side trek from Roberts Camp to Hoegees Camp or Hermit Falls. Sturtevant Falls may also be visited as part of the Santa Anita Canyon Loop, which is a great 9.5-mile immersion into the Angeles.
To get to the trailhead: Take the 210 east through Pasadena to Arcadia. Exit on Santa Anita Avenue and head north. Go up the mountain for 5 miles until the road ends at Chantry Flats. Display your National Forest adventure pass and park your car in the lot.
Trailhead address: Chantry Flats Road, Angeles National Forest, Arcadia, CA 91006
Trailhead coordinates: 34.195515, -118.022503
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