Past Meetup

Chantry Flats Pancake breakfast & Waterfall Hike

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Chantry Flats Parking Lot & Trail Head

Chantry Flat Road · Arcadia , CA

How to find us

7 am to 8am we will be at the Picnic tables near the parking lot. We will meet at the Trailhead at start hiking promptly at 8:30am

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After doing the waterfall hikes many times we realized that we should come earlier due to parking challenges. This hike will give you the option to join us for a pancake breakfast at 7am. If you arrive between 7- 8am we will serve you Pancakes and coffee. You may bring toppings to share, juice or bacon. We will provide all paper products. We set up at the picnic tables near the parking lot. If you want to brave the parking, meet us at the gate near the bathrooms at 8:30am and we will start the hike promptly at 8:30am.

Organizer: Vincent & Cynthia

Location: Sierra Madre, CA

Hike difficulty: Level 5

Distance: 5 miles

Elevation Gain: 1000'

Time: 3 hours

Trail condition: Starts and ends with a fire road, after that mainly single file trail with more than 50% shade. Some creak crossing as we get to the water fall, so where decent shoes.

Water: You must carry a minimum of 2 liters.

Guest: no

Dog: yes, on leash

Toilette: At the trail head and about 1/2 through.

Liability Wavier: Required. This is the link. (

Adventure Pass: Required

Weather Forecast: Hermit and Sturtevant Falls Hike Weather (


What to Bring and Wear: Please review US Hiking Day Hike Equipment List ( for what you should bring and wear. Wear appropriate footwear as there will be some small rock / stream hopping.

Direction: From the Foothill Freeway (I-210) take the Santa Anita Avenue exit and head north. Pass through the residential neighborhood to the foot of the mountains, continue another 3 miles where Santa Anita will dead end into the Chantry Flats parking lot.

Parking: Adventure Pass is required, either Daily or Monthly passes can be picked up at any REI or Big 5. Passes can be purchased at the Ranger Station if they are available. Parking at Chantry Flat can be difficult at times. For those interested in Car Pooling, see sign up sheet below. There is a REI a few blocks Plenty of parking, if parking is full, extra parking is off to the side near the beginning of parking lot, look for access road.

Carpool: Please sign up here (


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: $ 5 (Chip in) (


Venue Overview:

Big Santa Anita Canyon is one of the most beautiful wooded glens in the San Gabriel Mountains. Its thick riparian forest, gurgling streams, and abundant shade, offers a sylvan sanctuary for nature-lovers, campers, and hikers alike. A short distance from Chantry Flat, the silver spray of Sturtevant Falls plunges fifty feet into a shallow, rock-ribbed pool, shaded by alders and oaks.

Again, the National Forest Adventure Pass is required for parking at Chantry Flat. Meet 8:30 am at the trail head, we will leave at 8:45 am. From the trail head we will head down into the valley and south towards Hermit Falls, crossing the stream a few times. After a short break we will continue back north through the valley, crossing the stream a few more times till we reach the three way trail junction. From there we will head towards Sturtevant Falls, after a short break head back to the junction and up the fire road to the parking lot.


Our Mission:

To lift people up through hiking.

Our Policy:

We're volunteers: Your hike leaders receive no monetary nor in-kind compensation of any kind for organizing this event.

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. Guests are not allowed on advanced hikes.

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.



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.

US Hiking, 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 an 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.

By participating in this event, you and your guests acknowledge that you have read US Hiking Liability Wavier (, fully understand its terms, understand that by participating in this event, you and your guests have given up substantial rights freely and voluntarily without any inducement.