Past Meetup

Hercules Zero to Hero: Mount Wilson & Sturtevant Falls loop from Chantry Flats

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Chantry Flats Parking Lot & Trail Head

Chantry Flat Road · Arcadia , CA

How to find us

Meet near the restroom at the parking lot entrance

Location image of event venue





Organizer: Rick Sarpolus & Steve

Location: Sierra Madre, CA

Hike difficulty: Level 9/10

Distance: 15 miles round trip (loop: ascent via Lower Winter Creek trail, descent via Sturtevant trail, with a detour to Sturtevant falls)

Elevation gain: 3900

Time: 8 hours

Trail condition: Single file trail, mostly shaded

Weather Report: Mount Wilson Weather Report (

Water: Minimum 4 liters

Liability Wavier: Required. This is the link. (

Guest: No guest

Dog: No dog

Toilette: At the trail head

Adventure Pass: Yes

Carpool: Please sign up here. (


What to bring: hat, sunscreen, hiking poles, energy bar, lunch, snacks, water, layered clothing and the usual stuff.

Direction: From the Foothill Freeway (I-210) in Arcadia, take the Santa Anita Avenue exit and drive north to Chantry Flat, 4.6 miles. Parking lot is at the end of this road.

Parking: Parking near the trailhead. If parking is full you have may to park on the street where available. Due to popularity of hikes from Chantry Flat the parking lot can fill up fast, particularly on weekends (hence the early start time). So arrive early or be prepared to park along the road. National forest Adventure pass is required for parking.


Please Chip In:

US Hiking is a social group for hikers. Our events are organized like house parties. Like a regular house party, it costs money to host one. It is customary for guests to help out any way they can to lessen burden on the host. That is the same for hikes. You can bring food, provide carpool or chip in to help out.

Suggested Event Contribution: $ 9 (Chip in link) (


Trail / Venue Description:

Standing prominently above Pasadena, Mount Wilson is a Southern California landmark. The 5,710 foot summit is home for an observatory responsible for the most detailed photos of Mars as well a vast array of antennae for local LA radio and television stations. While the summit is steeped in astronomical wonder and tremendous views of Los Angeles, the trails are the real beauty of this hike.

This is the first of six southern California summits in the 6-Pack of Peaks bundle. Done in sequence, they provide great training anyone preparing for bigger hikes such as Mt. Whitney or Half Dome. Each hike in the 6-Pack is progressively higher in altitude, and all have respectable distance and vertical elevation gain.

We start from the trailhead at 7am via the Lower Winter Creek trail (creekside) towards the top of Mt Wilson. A moderate paced hike, with short breaks at junctions to regroup. Echo Rock (a large outcrop on the mountain’s east edge) gives us views of San Jacinto, San Gorgonio, Catalina Island and more

Lunch at the summit, (bring your lunch - Cosmic Cafe at the top will be closed) and then we will head down via the Sturtevant trail. On the way a short detour (~1 mile) gets us to Sturtevant falls. A short stop at the falls, and then back to the parking lot.

If you do not have your recent hiking experience posted on your profile, please message me the same. This hike is NOT for beginners.


Our Policy:

Profile photo: Anyone interested in joining US Hiking must have a profile photo showing his/her face. This is a requirement of our group. Without it, you will not be allowed to sign up for an event.

Waiting list priority: People who hike with with US Hiking regularly will be given priority when they are on the waiting list.

Advanced hikes: Anyone interested in participating in advanced hikes (>3,000' elevation gain or distance > 10 miles or Difficulty Level > = 7) will be subject to prescreening before his/her name will be added to the list. Therefore, interested hiker must share with the event host his/her recent hiking background to establish proficiency before his/her name will be added to the list.

Early departure: If a hiker needs to be separated from the group for any reason, he/she must inform the event host. Not knowing a hiker's where about may prompt the event host to report a hiker's missing to proper authority for further actions.

No show: If you sign up for an event but did not show up, you will be removed from the next event you sign up.

No minor: Meetup user agreement can not be agreed to by a minor. Therefore, you and your guest must be over 18 to participate in our events.


Warning and Disclaimer:

If you have prior medical condition or a family history of illnesses pertaining to heart, lungs, brain, etc. that can be aggravated by heat and physical exertion, this is not the hike for you.

If you have never done a hike of this distance or difficulty before, this hike will be very difficult for you. It may well be your death march. The mountain is not going anywhere. We will schedule this event again in the future. Do it when your mind and body are ready.

Hiking is a recreation, not a suicide mission.


Release of Liability:

The organizer (me) of this trip is a volunteer and is not a professional guide. The function of the organizer is only to organize this trip. Each person who signs up for a trip/hike/or outing is responsible for his or her own safety and the safety of his or her guests.

By signing up for this trip, or any other event organized by me, you are acknowledging that you are aware and have made your guests aware of the risks, dangers and hazards associated with any outdoor activity and freely accept and fully assume all such risks, dangers and hazards, and further agree to release and discharge the organizer (me) of this hike from and against any and all liability arising from your and your guest's participation in the group activities.

This group, its organizer, assistant organizers, event organizers are not responsible for any injuries or accidents that may occur carpooling to and from this event, or for any injuries or accidents incurred before, during, and after this event. If you sign up or participate in this event you acknowledge that you freely and voluntarily agree to assume all risks of injuries and damages arising from, as a result of and associated with this event.

In addition, you and your guests are acknowledging that you agree to the Meetup terms of service especially paragraph 6.2: