This 10-mile loop trail, suitable for a wide variety of recreational activities, offers some of the most beautiful and diverse scenery that you can find near urban Los Angeles. As you travel alongside the river, you will encounter forest and desert landscapes, waterfalls, and views of canyons and mountains. The trail passes by the bottom of Sturtevant falls, and then rises above to a view from the top of the falls. It is very well maintained, but can be hot during the summer months on the more exposed sections of the trail.
What Makes It Great
It can be a little confusing at times because there are many spur trails, which branch off from it; so be sure to get a good map either beforehand or at the Adam's Pack Station at the trail head. If you're interested in camping, there is a nice campsite about 3.5 miles into the loop. Parking- as well as the section of the trail leading to Sturtevant Falls- can be very crowded on weekends, so arrive early if possible to avoid the crowds. This trail is dog friendly, but they must stay on a leash. At the beginning and end of the trail is Chantry Flat, where you can grab some refreshments or supplies at Adam's Pack Station.
Who is Going to Love It
This is a very fun trail and definitely worth checking out- whether you're hiking, running, mountain biking, or camping.
Directions, Parking, & Regulations
Take the 210 east to Arcadia. Take the Santa Anita exit and go north. Head up the mountain for 5 miles until the road ends at Chantry Flats.