“A lovely out-and-back route leading to the beautiful Sturtevant Falls.”
— Tyrel Duckett
Sturtevant Falls is a lovely run. The early part is a bit exposed, but once you get to the creek you'll be surrounded by trees. Follow the creek, occasionally crossing it, along a well-groomed trail past cute little cabins until you reach the waterfall.
Features: Birding — Fall Colors — River/Creek — Views — Waterfall — Wildflowers — Wildlife
Need to Know
The early part is a bit exposed to the sun. You also cross the creek a few times, so your feet will probably get wet.
This trail is pretty simple. You start by going down instead of up, so you will know exactly what you are in for once you are at the falls for the run back.
Sturtevant Falls is a waterfall in Santa Anita canyon. This trail is popular, as it leads right to the falls, and you are likely to encounter plenty of other enthusiasts on the way.
Parking is simple if it is not over crowded. The trailhead is right by the lot. If you can't find parking, you might need to park down the road. If this happens, you'll need an adventure pass or you'll get a ticket.
The beginning of the trail isn't super exciting, it starts off going down a fire road. I did say down. This trail starts high and ends low. Bring sun protection, because this portion of the trail is exposed.
Once you get into the canyon, the road turns into trail and you start following along the creek in a nice shaded forest.
Along the way, you'll enjoy crossing some small dams, and a picturesque bridge. You can hang out in the creek if you wish; I have seen people swimming along the way to the falls. The dams provide an excellent spot for photographers, and I have taken gorgeous pictures of the clear glass like water on the blocked side of them.
Past the dams, keep on trucking. There are a few places you cross the creek winding around. You'll pass cabins along the way. There is something around 10-15 of them along the way. They are lived in seasonally, and some are pretty beautiful.
Eventually you'll reach the Waterfall. Along with the dams, the falls are awe inspiring if the water is flowing well. Sometimes during dry seasons it is not as impressive, but still worth seeing nonetheless. There is a little pool at the base of it. There is nothing to keep you from going into it and under the fall if you want.
Once you've had your fill of the falls, the trail continues on for quite a ways. You'll end up passing the Sturtevant Camp, and will wind your way through more beautiful forested landscapes. You can get great pictures and videos, and the trail in the canyon is very lovely.
This route is very beautiful. The only downside is that it can be quite crowded sometimes. If you don't mind the the crowd though, you'll have a blast.
Flora & Fauna
Gorgeous forest area.