Sturtevant Trail #11W16
ElevationAscent: 2,491' 759 m
Descent: 0' 0 m
High: 5,677' 1,730 m
Low: 3,186' 971 m
GradeAvg Grade: 19% (11°)
Max Grade: 59% (30°)
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“A popular and scenic run in Santa Anita Canyon connecting the Gabrielino Trail (NRT) 11W14 with Mt. Wilson.”— John McKinney
The trail continues along the stream as the canyon widens, and then begins a steep climb through an impressive forest of oaks and bigcone spruce. It is not uncommon to see deer on this remote section. The trail turns away from the stream and begins a series of long steep switchbacks which occasionally come out of the forest into open chaparral of ceanothus and manzanita. On clear days, there are nice views of the Los Angeles Basin. The switchbacks shorten near the summit and the trail comes to a junction near the top. The right fork leads to an impressive view point in about 100 ft. The left fork follows a fence, and the trail ends at a road near the 100" telescope.
Turn left on the road and go west. There is a museum and, further west, a pavilion that houses the Cosmic Cafe (hours vary by season). There are restrooms and water, subject to local conditions. It is possible to make a loop run with the Mt. Wilson Trail #11W22 and Winter Creek Trail #11W20 if returning to Chantry Flat.
Thanks to John McKinney, The Trailmaster, for sharing this trail description. To learn more about trails in California, check out his guides at The Trailmaster Store.
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Land Manager: USFS - Angeles National Forest Office