Big Santa Anita Canyon

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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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Sage Skye
115 contributions
Apr 2017 • Family
BEST HIKE EVER!! Today we explored one of LA's best hidden treasures which was only a 50 minute drive from my home in Hollywood. While the water is still flowing from all the rain we received this season, you must visit Sturtevant Falls located on a breathtaking hike in Santa Anita Canyon.

I heard about the falls a couple years ago and wanted to visit but it has been dry due to the drought. Now it is fast flowing and gorgeous. There are old cabins built from 1909-1920's dotted throughout the hike. It feels like an old homestead and a good hide away for Frodo Baggot.

The hike all together is 8.5 miles (round trip) but that is if you explore ALL of the trails and falls. We only hiked to Sturtevant Falls which is a 3.6 mile hike round trip. We plan on going back and explore the others falls and trails.
If you go, here are some tips:
-Wear good hiking shoes that can get wet (Merrels/Keens/Tevas).
-Plan a full day and bring snacks or lunch. Lunch if you do the full hike.
-Pack a towel if you want to get in the falls.
-The hike is dog friendly. We took our pup!
-You will stop many times because there is so much to see including the signs with memorable quotes. See photos!
-Stay Hydrated! We saw a man on the ground with full on cramps.
-Please do not leave your trash. There wasn't much but we took a bag and picked up other peoples trash.
Written April 7, 2017
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Los Angeles48 contributions
Sturtevant Falls is located in Santa Anita CA and is a beautiful hike. You'll walk down and up instead of the usual hike up and down a mountain.

Once you get deep inside, it feels like a real forest. The path varies from very wide to almost non-existent to stepping over stones on the creek.

The end is the best: a beautiful waterfall with crystal clear water. The worst part is the hike back up on the asphalt with no shade--definitely try to go when there's not too much sun.
Written May 29, 2008
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Kolkata (Calcutta), India432 contributions
Jul 2019 • Friends
Very close to Monrovia and Arcadia, this place is perfect for weekend hiking. Not very difficult tracks and goes from rocky to fairly dense bushes. We went for the Hermit falls Trail, which went down pretty sharply in the woods down to the river bed. We had to cross the pebble river and then hike up the rocks to reach the falls.
There is a nice place to enjoy water at the end of the walk. We went on a pretty hot day but amazed to see the rush of people over the hills. Someplace we experienced long wait to let people pass by in the narrow stretches of the trail. Our car had to be parked on the approach road to this place.
There are old cottages along the route and have some good places to have a picnic. It is important to carry enough water or hydration as the dry weather can lead to cramps. There are no places for filling up bottles. However please do not leave away trash in the process.
Overall its a nice outing which needs to improve and accommodate such number people during weekends or holidays.
Written July 24, 2019
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10 contributions
Mar 2017 • Friends
Nice place to be alone or with friends since the air is very nice and very quiet. Be sure to pack extra socks if you get your shoes wet since you have to pass some streams and such. Highly recommend to go as early as possible because walking back up is real hard. Really pretty abandoned houses and scenery !
Written April 3, 2017
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Caroline L
Los Angeles, CA2,307 contributions
Jul 2015 • Family
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 cabins that compliment the scenery and remind you of an era long gone. Beware of the small flies that are prevalent during summer months and be sure to take insect repellant. For those who like more of a challenge, you can continue to do a 10 mile loop hike or hike all the way to Mount Wilson (very strenuous). The best part of this canyon is that it is heavily shaded throughout. If doing the loop, take sunscreen as there are some sunny parts. Good hiking shoes are always recommended. Lastly, you'll need a $5 adventure pass which can be purchased at the pack station otherwise you could be cited for not having one. If going on the weekend, go before 8 am for decent parking.
Written August 18, 2015
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Los Angeles, CA1,117 contributions
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 for $5 to place on your car window if parking on the road. Or park at the Adam's pack station for $10 (including pass).
- there are several trails. For first timer, Sturtevant fall is most popular trail.
- 4 miles with paved road at the beginning of the trail and down hills. There are plenty of shade and photo ops on this trail.
- there are several cabins along the trail built in 1900's. These are for rent. You can rent these at pack station or go online or
- there are water stream and dams along the hike.
- crossing 2 water rock beds, you will get to the water fall.
- bring plenty of water and a fun company
- the way back can be rough at the last mile up hill.
- if you hike late hours close to sunset, might want to bring insect repellant.
- it is family and dog friendly hike. It is a great hike to do with your chuldren. We met many family with small children and dogs along this trail.
- the water fall is not roaring since there has been drought the last few years!
Written March 22, 2015
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Dolores K
Alpine, CA52 contributions
May 2014 • Family
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 standing & being used ! The present owner graciously met us there & we had a tour of the old cabin .
The weather was agreeable & I made the round trip hike in & out of the canyon with no problem despite my age . Pretty good for a 75 yrs, old !
Written May 21, 2014
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Los Angeles, CA9 contributions
Feb 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 parked .5 miles from the lot but on the drive back saw cars parked 1.5 miles down. Be prepared for a prehike if you are starting later. An Adventure Pass is necessary. Adam's Pack Shop near the parking lot sells Adventure Passes as well as meals, snacks, various beverages, and maps. Debit/Credit Card transactions have a $2 fee if under $10 dollars. The nicer bathrooms are available near the picnic area. The trails for the most parts are shaded, very narrow and some parts the trail is just rocks. Upper Winter Creek trail has some up and downs though you overall climb. Once you pick up the Manzanita Trail beware the poison oak, it grows abundabtly beside the trail. It is 4.25 miles from here to the top of Mount Wilson and there is no water or restrooms along the way. Hoegee's campground is about 0.33 miles from the junction where you pick up Manzanita. Restrooms are available at the campground however they were closed when I went. The Mount Wilson trail joins the Mount Wilson toll road, this is a wider dirt road, for a bit. You can continue on the dirt road to the summit but the real trail is off to the right. This split is NOT well marked, you have to pay close attention to the right side of the road for the split.Overall the top of Mount Wilson can be dissapointing, there is no large sign announcing you have reached the top of a 5710 foot mountain. Restrooms are available as well as a water fountain. The restrooms were once again closed when I went. Overall the hike is about 7.25 miles from the parking lot to summit, 14.5 miles roundtrip. This trail can be difficult, trail runners or hiking boots recommended. Bring sufficient water especially if hiking if it is warmer weather. Bring sufficient snacks, there is a cafe at the summit but it is open only during certain months and times. Lastly know your limits, cell phone service is spotty at best and wildlife is abundant, plan sufficient time to complete your hike during daylight hours.
Written February 23, 2014
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California944 contributions
May 2013 • Friends
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 friendly trail with average gain of 700 ft and 4-5 miles (depending on where parked). Tips: rocks can be loose and slippery on stream crossings so poles helpful; watch out for poison oak; the workout is .6 mile uphill to parking lot!

Wilbur M. Sturtevant carved this trail in the 1890's and for that, we thank you! A lush forest only minutes away from worth it!
Written June 13, 2013
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Steve L
Ponsanooth, UK33 contributions
Mar 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.
Written April 8, 2013
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