Rained out last time, let's try again! Heading to Sturtevant Falls, which is another San Gabriel Valley beginners' classic. 3.7 miles along a stream, past a collection of rustic cabins, to a beautiful waterfall, and then back the way we came.
Directions - from the 210 Freeway take the Santa Anita Avenue exit and drive north to Chantry Flat. (Near the end of the residential area, Santa Anita Avenue will curve to the right to become Chantry Flat Road.) It's about 4.6 miles from the 210 to the parking lot.
Here are a few things to know ahead of time:
Parking and Fees
The parking lot fills up fast! Plan to arrive early for easier access. A National Forest Service adventure pass is required ($5 for a day or $30 for the year). You can buy one ahead of time online (http://www.fs.fed.us/r5/sanbernardino/ap/vendors.php) or at a Big 5, REI, Sport Chalet, or at other locations. We encourage you to purchase a parking pass in advance of the event to make parking as convenient as possible. Even then, you may still need to park up to a half-mile away due to the crowds. Organized Carpools from Arcadia Park
Parking tends to be very limited, so we strongly recommend carpooling. We will have some official carpooling and anyone is welcome to take advantage of it. Meet at Arcadia county park, about 5 miles/20 minutes from the hike, at about 1:20pm. As carloads are ready, we will send them out, with the last batch leaving at 1:35pm. After the hike we'll return to get our cars.
Arcadia Park (http://maps.google.com/maps/place?cid=2793023702944996213&q=arcadia+park&hl=en&sll=34.142136,-118.027729&sspn=0.070055,0.019704&ie=UTF8&ll=34.185678,-118.118649&spn=0,0&t=h&z=13)
405 S Santa Anita Ave
Arcadia, CA 91006
Parking is available in the lot as well as on Santa Anita Ave. Meet near the NW end of the parking lot, on the grass near the big tree surrounded by a stone wall.
Carpools will also allow us to share parking passes. If you would like to contribute $1 per passenger, that would be great. If you have already bought a pass, feel free to bring it and it may be able to be used. What to Bring
We'll be fording the stream a few times - shoes and socks may get wet. The end of the hike is back uphill - it has been called "Cardiac Hill" by some - keep this in mind and bring plenty of water. For more details, check out these links:
http://www.simpsoncity.com/hiking/sturtevant.html http://nobodyhikesinla.com/2010/07/07/sturtevant-falls/ http://www.yelp.com/biz/sturtevant-falls-sierra-madre