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Big Santa Anita Canyon

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Aninda_mukherjee wrote a review Jul 2019
Kolkata (Calcutta), India419 contributions75 helpful votes
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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.
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Date of experience: July 2019
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mojorayjones wrote a review Oct 2018
Northern California97 contributions93 helpful votes
Did the Santa Anita loop 9.5 miles. Well shaded with some rest areas along the way. Got to glimpse a Bobcat, Sturtevent falls was a trickle, but the overall scenery is great. Trail goes down then up, down and up again through several canyons and up to Mt Zion. Enjoyed the escape from the urban jungle to this beautiful historical place. Go early for parking or you may not get a spot!
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Date of experience: October 2018
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MandC0218 wrote a review Aug 2017
Riverside, California6,451 contributions309 helpful votes
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Nice and scenic hike! Lots of giant boulders. Fun to watch people do the cliff diving near the end of the trail. Dirt path was a little narrow at places but it's a dog friendly trail as well. Eating place and restrooms across the street from main trail head. Recommended.
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Date of experience: May 2017
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Sage Skye wrote a review Apr 2017
115 contributions50 helpful votes
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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.
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Date of experience: April 2017
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Mitchliona wrote a review Apr 2017
10 contributions1 helpful vote
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 !
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Date of experience: March 2017
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