Trail

Sturtevant Falls

Arcadia, CA
Length: 4.30 mi.

About This Trail

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Sturtevant Falls are one of the largest, most accessible waterfalls in Southern CA. It flows nearly year-round, with the best time to visit after the first several rainstorms of the spring season. This trail is an upside-down hike, meaning you must go downhill to start (leaving a large hill to climb back up at the end of the hike). After the first hill, the hike follows a slowly undulating trail alongside a babbling stream. This area is known for almost year round greenery in the canyon. There are several stream crossings to add to the sense of adventure. Once visiting the waterfall, you can add to your hike by backtracking to the trail split and hiking to above the waterfall for a unique view.
This hike starts at Chantry Flat, which is a hub for many local hiking trails. As such, this parking lot can be busy and fill up on the weekends, meaning that some hikers will need to park further away along the road leading up to Chantry Flat.

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Trail Features

Carrier needed No
Stroller friendly No
ADA accessible No
Water fountains No
Bathrooms No
Pet friendly No
Nearby convenience store Yes
Camping Nearby No
Emergency support
within 5 miles
Yes

Trail highlights

Creek / River, Picnic Area, Shaded Hike, and Waterfall

Mostly shady hike along the stream, with a few stream crossings. One of the best places in Southern CA to feel like you’re in a forest. Large, nearly year-round waterfall.

Fee & Parking Details

Fee : $5.00

You will need an Adventure Pass for parking.

Adventure Passes are available at the Pack Station, but it’s best to get one beforehand. $5 for one day or $30 for a year.

For more information on Adventure Passes: https://socalhiker.net/where-you-need-an-adventure-pass-in-southern-california/

Trail Contributor

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My name is Nicole Dominick, and I’ve been hiking with Hike it Baby since May 2016 with my daughter. She is now 3 years old and has hiked over 400 miles! She has been carried for most of those miles, but we enjoy every journey. We were both born and raised in Southern CA but recently moved to Colorado Springs, CO.

About The Guide

Hike it Baby Family Trail Guide is an online resource to help families with children source trails that little legs can hike and parents can feel comfortable with. Hike details are sourced and have been hiked by families who participate in our community. Our contributors do their best to give you all the details they can, but if something is missed, you can reach out to the contributor and offer suggestions for them to add to make it a better trail description for all. This guide was built with a generous 3-year partnership with L.L Bean. Like Hike it Baby, L.L Bean believes that helping get families into nature from birth on is key to healthier, happier communities.