A moderately strenuous hike through a sea of lush foliage that includes stellar views of Santa Anita Canyon along with multiple paths along a creek as well as a stop at the tranquil waterfall, Sturtevant Falls.
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- I prefer taking the 134 East and this will merge into 210 West. The exit you'll want to look for is Santa Anita Avenue and you'll take a left at the stop light after getting off the 210 West. Continue driving north on Santa Anita Drive and the road will turn into Chantry Flat Road 1.6 miles up. The road becomes quite curvy as you ascend the canyon road. The trailhead for Sturtevant Falls will be 3.2 miles up. If you already have a parking pass, I'd suggest parking as soon as you see the line of cars. The trail becomes extremely busy on weekends so if you start your hike early you should luck out with some decent parking close to the trailhead.
- NOTE: You need a Southern California "Adventure Pass" to park in the lot or along the canyon road. If you do not have one, you'll need to continue driving up Chantry Flat Road until you reach the trailhead. You'll be able to purchase a parking pass for $5 from the pack station. Since I hike in the Angeles Forest quite a bit, I purchased the annual pass for $30. Either works depending on the amount of activity you plan to do within the year.
- Start your hike at the paved trailhead leading down the canyon and towards Roberts Camp. Keep in mind, this part of the hike is pretty intense when you return after finishing the entire loop.
- You'll slowly work your way into a heavily dense forest with ivy and cabins all around and will eventually reach a bridge at Roberts Camp. Cross the bridge and follow the signs guiding you towards Sturtevant Falls. This portion to the waterfall is quite painless and you'll carry on this path for around 1.25 miles until you make it to the calming waterfall, Sturtevant Falls.
- After visiting the waterfall, turn back and make your way to the trail split designated by the sign for the Lower Gabrielino Trail and Upper Gabrielino Trail. Take the upper trail and this will take you above Sturtevant Falls along with being the less aggressive trail than the one straight from the waterfall.
- As you follow Upper Gabrielino Trail, you'll come to a sign at a three way split and you'll want to continue on the ascending path towarads "Falling Sign" and "Spruce Grove".
- Once you pass Spruce Grove Campground, Sturtevant Camp will be 0.2 miles ahead. When you reach the sign for Sturtevant Camp, turn left OR feel free to wander the campgrounds while having a relaxing swing on the suspended tree swing before returning back to this intersection to continue on the hike.
- Following the path around Sturtevant Camp, a split will occur for Upper Zion trail and Sturtevant Trail (this one leads to Mount Wilson). Take a right on Upper Zion Trial and the next split for the summit will be 1.0 mile ahead.
- At the intersection for Upper Zion Trail, Lower Zion Trail and the trail to the summit, take the trail to the left leading to the summit that will be approximately 0.1 miles up. When finished at the summit, make the quick U-turn at the split so you're heading down Lower Zion Trail leading south down the mountain towards Hoegee Campground.
- After your decent down Lower Zion Trail to Hoegee Campground, take the trail to the left through the campground (southeast) along Winter Creek. The trail will then change to Winter Creek Trail and this will eventually lead you back to Gabrielino Trail at Roberts Camp.
- Roberts Camp should look familiar with the bridge and you'll now make your way back on the paved trail returning to Chantry Flats (the trailhead for Sturtevant Falls).