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Big Santa Anita Canyon

Monrovia, CA
818-790-1151
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Ranked #2 of 3 Attractions in Monrovia
Type: Biking Trails
Activities: Biking
Description: 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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Alpine, California
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24 reviews 24 reviews
4 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
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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Los Angeles, California
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4 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2014 via mobile

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 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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Cerritos, California
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157 helpful votes 157 helpful votes
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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12 reviews 12 reviews
10 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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Pasadena, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 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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Arcadia, California, United States
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47 reviews 47 reviews
17 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
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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Diamond Bar, California
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3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2012

There is a nice loop trail, it is about three to four miles long, but the trail has many trees make this trail very beautiful and easy to walk. the half of this trail is along side the creek, it is shade and cool during the summer time .

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2012 via mobile

It is an awesome place for the whole family and animals my baby luna loved the water and the waterfall

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