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Hiking - Big Santa Anita Canyon Sturtevant Falls

Hi everyone - March's Second Saturday event is another classic - hiking Big Santa Anita Canyon, down to Sturtevant Falls and beyond. This is a great spring hike with a lot of options about just how far or how short you want to go. It's the most "personally adjustable" of all our hikes; you can go as far or as long as you want. Whether you just hike down to the falls then out or do the whoooooole thing, it's a great workout.


The description of the hike is included below from Since the weekends tend to be very, very busy at this hike, we might consider meeting at the site a little earlier, coordinating carpool accordingly. Let me know if that would be possible for you. Hope you can join us!!!!


Big Santa Anita Canyon Loop with Upper Trail A beautiful multi-landscape trail with many waterfalls and trees. Offers a challenging and well-maintained trail.

Difficulty: Moderate
Length: 10.0 miles (or the length YOU choose)
Duration: Half day

Family Friendly • Dog Friendly


Overview: Big Santa Anita Canyon offers something for everybody. If you are traveling with young children, the short hike from Chantry Flat to Sturtevant Falls is rewarding and great for an easy morning or afternoon hike. However, if you're interested in something more substantial, you can follow the Big Santa Anita Loop trail.

The scenery along the trails in this area is really beautiful, especially along the river. There are many waterfalls, albeit most of them manmade, but are sure to soothe your soul. Plentiful greenery in the form of trees, shrubs and various indigenous plant life make this trail special in its own right. Add to that incredible vistas of both the canyon and the mountains surrounding Mt. Wilson. Many times you'll have to remind yourself you are in Los Angeles County!

The loop climbs steadily from the area of the 55-foot tall Sturtevant falls. The highest point of the main loop is about 3400 feet. Many hikers choose to bring trekking poles for this trail.

A remote campground about 3.5 miles into the loop offers up some picnic tables, pit toilets.

Another unique aspect of the Big Santa Anita Canyon loop trail is the variety of terrains you'll cover. Sometimes you'll be deep in the forest and at other times you'll feel like you're in somewhat of a desert. If you are a local, this is a great hike to do over and over again. However, beware that during the summer months, it can get quite hot and the bugs can be very annoying, especially while standing or sitting still.

The Adams Pack Station in Chantry Flat offers some supplies and essentials as well as treats such as ice cream, soda, and water. Parking can be very crowded on the weekends in Chantry Flat and you'll likely need to park along the mountain to get a spot in the mornings. Make sure to have an Adventure Pass to park along the road.

Take the Foothill Freeway (I-210) into Arcadia and get off at Santa Anita Avenue. Drive about six miles north until it ends at Chantry Flat and the parking lot where the trailhead begins.


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  • Chris S.

    Sorry guys for getting my times mixed up:( Beautiful hike though!

    1 · March 9, 2013

  • Chris S.

    We'll meet you guys at the trail:)

    March 8, 2013

  • Rachel

    Of course, Rose - the more the merrier!

    February 5, 2013

  • rosa

    Can i go?

    December 17, 2012

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