This loop trail is a difficult 12.6-mile day hike or trail run through the San Gabriel Mountains. There is a 1 mile detour that provides a view of a beautiful 50 ft. waterfall known as Sturtevant Falls (this is a very popular LA area hike in itself).
What Makes It Great
The summit is at 5,710 ft. and houses an observatory and an array of radio and television antennae. This trail is considered one of the most beautiful in the San Gabriel Mountains. The peak is the smallest of the six southern California summits in the "6-pack bundle," but the view from the top is breathtaking regardless.
Who is Going to Love It
Though it's long, this trail is still considered family friendly, but there are some sections with boulder hopping that can be harder for younger children. Good hiking shoes and trekking poles are recommended for this trail. It can be very crowded on the weekends, especially on the section up to the waterfall, so if you bring a dog be sure to have him/her on a leash. You do need a National Forest Adventure Pass to hike this trail, so be sure to get one at Adam's Pack Station at the trailhead below. Overall this is an exciting and fun hike, so be sure to enjoy yourself and take in the beautiful views.
Directions, Parking, & Regulations
From the 210 Freeway, or any east-west thoroughfare such as Sierra Madre Bl. or Foothill Bl., go north on Santa Anita Ave. Follow Santa Anita Ave. all the way into the mountains. We are at road’s end, three miles from the entrance gate. Drive through the middle parking lot at Chantry Flat around left, through the upper lot and down the dirt driveway. Just follow the signs.Parking is available in our lot for $5.00 during the week, $10.00 Saturday, Sunday & holidays. The Chantry Flat Road is open from 6:00 AM until 8:00 PM.