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Address: Monrovia, CA
Phone Number: 818-790-1151
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One of the most difficult trails in Southern California, peaking at the top...

One of the most difficult trails in Southern California, peaking at the top of Mount Wilson and sinking through the Big Santa Anita Canyon.

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Hike away to your heart's desire!

This is my absolute favorite canyon in Southern California. There are many hiking trail choices here which make it great for young children as well as advanced hikers. If taking... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 18, 2015
Carolinelomeli
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Los Angeles, California
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Los Angeles, California
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347 reviews
182 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015 via mobile

This is my absolute favorite canyon in Southern California. There are many hiking trail choices here which make it great for young children as well as advanced hikers. If taking children, a 3.25 mile out and back hike to Sturtevant Falls will be a treat for all as you hike the well shaded canyon. You will pass privately owned historical... More 

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los angeles
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015 via mobile

It s worth drive to this trail. Another name for this trail is Sturtevant fall. - you won't find it if entering either name. Put Chantry Flats on gps. This will take you up to Santa Anita Canyon road. Go about 3 miles on a winding road. - go to the Adam's pack station, where you can buy the pass... More 

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Alpine, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2014

Family members met in East Pasadena for a very early breakfast at a Denny's hoping to arrive at Chantry Flats early enough to get parking spaces . The parking lot was full & we had to park along the road . We were commemorating the 100th anniversary of the building of a family cabin in the canyon . Its still... More 

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1 Thank Dolores K
Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2014

Started the hike at Chantry Flat took the Upper Winter Creek Trail to the Manzanita Trail and continued onto the Mount Wilson trail to the summit. We returned the same way. The parking lot at Chantry Flat gets full early on the weekends! If you come after 8 am you will be parking on the side of the road. We... More 

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1 Thank ShalymarL
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

This place is a nice place to get closer to nature. We took the trail to mount Wilson which is a 7 mile hike .Bring comfortable footwwar to avoid getting foot blisters.Also pack plenty of water as during your hike there are no water fountain. You must display a parking pass which you can purchase for $5 at the ranger's... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2013

This hike is best on a weekday as is does get busy (and the parking lot gets full). Best to go early as possible. The trail to Sturtevant Falls is very scenic with a creek and old family owned cabins along the way. The beginning of the trail is very steep, thus returning is a hike up so you may... More 

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California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2013

This review specifically for Gabrielino Trail to Sturtevant Falls. Very popular so emphasis on following: Go EARLY or try weekday; display Adventure Pass; bring water; expect to share falls with everyone! On weekends, Chantry Flats parking lot fills by 6:15am! Decent restrooms available in upper lot. If late, park along curved road inside lines, or expect a ticket. A dog... More 

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Sierra Madre, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

This is a great place for a hike but due to its proximity to Pasadena, Glendale it can get packed on the weekends. Either get there real early or mid to late afternoon in the spring \ autumn months to enjoy a less crowed experience.

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1 Thank Steve L
Pasadena, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2013

Although one gets hit up for the wonderful National Forest Adventure Pass fee, the hikes in Big Santa Anita Canyon are beautiful and cool, except on the hottest days of summer and fall. Sturtevant Falls is a 2 1/2 mile hike, first down and then moderately up. There is a beautiful pool under the falls in a wooded canyon. The... More 

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Thank Waldorf2012
Arcadia, California, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2012

Right in the heart of the city, this is a beautiful, peaceful and easily accessible walk in the woods. Great for families too. So lovely.

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