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Sturtevant Camp est 1898

Average Rating:    (4.75 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 8

As you enter the Chantry Flats ranger station, park after the first fire road 2N40 gate you pass. Drop down this steep paved road & turn right after crossing the beautiful wooden bridge. Turn left at mile 1.5 Trail 11W15 [Going straigt ahead, Trail 11W14 will take you directly to Sturtevant Water Falls] Once you turn left it will be a steady climb on a narrow trail. EXPOSED TRAIL It's a typical San Gabriels trail, marred by rocks obstacles which you will have to negotiate while keeping in mind you are on a narrow trail. Once you start gaining elevation, the trail will be mostly shaded. The canyon is strikingly beautiful. Approx 2-2.5 miles later you will pass a trail leading you to Sturtevant Water Falls. Keep straight ahead =) You will have to negotiate a couple of water crossings, and negotiate steep climbs. You will soon pass Hoegees Camp & Spruce Grove Campground. After Spruce Grove camp grounds, you will need to negotiate a small water crossing. ***Go STRAIGHT AHEAD to trail 11w16 and switch back left going to MT Wilson. Trail 11w15 will sharply turn right to continue on to Newcombs pass and the San Gabriel back country*** Once you reach Sturtevant camp, an odd sight in the middle of nowhere will stun you. The only surviving resort established in the late 1800's exist w/ numerous cabins around it. I believe it is managed by a local Church organization and offers brochures for visitors to take at the entrance of the main pavilion. From here, the return to Chantry flats ranger station is easy. Back track to your car! Keep in mind because you are only 3-4 miles away from the ranger station, there will be a lot of hiker traffic on the trails. Watch your speed! You may also continue on trail 11W16 to Mount Wilson Skyline Park if you wish.
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Latitude
34.13340497084095
Longitude
-118.03573608398437
Trail Directions
210 fwy exit Santa Anita Ave & head towards the mountain. This road will dead end at Chantry Flats ranger station. There is a store & picnic area available for families. Destination of this trail is Camp Sturtevant located approx 4 miles ***** NARROW STEEP TRAIL, ADVANCED RIDERS ONLY *****
Trail Length
8 miles round trip
Trail Level
Advanced
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Arcadia
   


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Review Date
August 1, 2009

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: power2rice ,  Downhiller

Summary:
First of all, this is NOT an advanced trail. It's semi technical, and really more of a scenic ride with some decent downhill sections. Switchbacks are awkward to do, you can't plow into them with speed. The beginning a very dry and loose so gaining speed requires running around 18psi in your tires to get any fair traction. The rock garden is only a short burst of fun. The wooded camp area is a blast to rail through, I wish it was 10 times longer though. There are several forks but all have a sign to keep you going in the right direction. Just remember it's Chantry Flats you want to go too. There an important fork that comes up later on that takes you to the water fall. One goes down to the left, and the other keeps going and is marked for horses and bikes. The left route is slow, very slow and not ideal. It puts you riding above the water fall. Sounds great, but the trail is barely ridable at all. I recommend just doing the easy horse path; at least you can get some speed here. The ride back up to Chantry Flats is okay, About 1 mile long. Chantry Flats picnic area is a fun place to do a few 2-4' drop gaps, depending if you have a BMX background or not to see them all.

Recommended Route:
Park one truck at the bottom of Santa Anita just a little ways up from the 210 freeway exit. The second truck takes everyone and the bikes up Angeles Crest Highway. Turn right on Red Box Road and take all the way to the top to the Mt Wilson Observatory. Drive into the gate and park. The gate closes after 5pm but theres a way in through a cut in the fence. You'll see it, it's 20 feet from the gate to the right. Ride your bikes up the road and you'll eventually see where a dirt path is next to a fenced of area. The trail will begin from there. Take the trail, it begins very loose and lots of switch backs. Once you get into the rock garden section be prepared to go fast through the wooded area. This is the funnest part because the trail has burms. Take it through the camp ground and just follow the signs to get you to Chantry Flats. There is a mile hike back up the paved fire road to get to Chantry Flats. Take Santa Anita down all the way to the first truck.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Upper Winter Crest, San Gabrielino, Sam Merrill, Sunset Ridge, San Olene Ridge into the hidden the rain created wash out (not a trail, but will smoke your 8" 4 piston disc brakes!)



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Review Date
February 22, 2003

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

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Reviewed by: Joanne Lasky , from North Carolina

Summary:
For Your Information! I have found in my grandmother's album many many pictures taken in 1912 and 1913. These are all labled Stlurtevants...... and include pictures of stripped tents in the woods, very rustic buildings, a rustic bridge , Croquet Court, an early tennis court, a narrow trail on the edge of a mountain with a mule train, a place called "West Fork",several picdtures of waterfalls and bodies of water and one labled Sturtevant Yucca. Does anyone know who might be interested in these?



Comments
tippy208 (10/10/2007)
parking requires an advanture pass to park which can be purchase at the store by the parking lot! great trail, watch your speed my buddy got carried away and almost hit a ranger car while we were decending
62kona (11/12/2010)
Wow Joanne, thats amazing! What a great find. That has got to be a really cool place for you to go back and see.
witman (02/24/2011)
uninteresting comment
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Review Date
December 20, 2002

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

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Reviewed by: STJunkie , from Lomita

Summary:
We were going to drop down Sturtevant trail 2 weeks ago and a sign at the top said "Closed for fire damage" or something to that effect. I can't believe they are closed with all the rain we're getting now. Some friends of mine climed the road up to Chantry a couple weeks ago and the rangers wouldn't let them hit the trails. I think they like not having any thing to do and getting paid for it.

Recommended Route:
Too many to list

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Rattlesnake tr,Valley Forge tr,E. Gabrielino



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Review Date
December 20, 2002

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: DAVID , from HACIENDA HEIGHTS, CA

Summary:
THE WINTER CREEK LOOP AND BEYOND ARE SOME OF THE BEST TECHNICAL RIDING LOCAL TO THE SAN GABRIEL VALLEY AREA. YOUR ACCESS IS DENIED AT THIS TIME !!! WHY........ THE CLOSURE OF THE MOUNTAIN ROAD LEADING FROM SIERRA MADRE TO CHANTRY FLATS RANGER STATION IS CURRENTLY CLOSED TO ALL USERS UNTIL APRIL, 2003. IT SEEMS THE SOURCE OF THIS CLOSURE MAY BE DIRECTLY RELATED TO THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT OF SIERRA MADRE, AND NOT THE FOREST SERVICE. CONTACT BRUCE INMAN FOR COMMENTS. IF YOU HAVE ANY INTEREST IN AT LEAST HAVING THIS ROAD OPEN TO HIKING AND CYCLING, PLEASE LET HIM KNOW. THE CITY OF SIERRA MADRE HAS A WEB-SITE WITH ALL PHONE #'S AND ADDRESSES AT....
http://www.sierramadre.lib.ca.us

Recommended Route:
JUST A NOTE ABOUT THE 2002-2003 ROAD CLOSURE TO CHANTRY FLATS RANGER STATION !!!



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Review Date
September 1, 2002

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: Hurl , from Glendale

Summary:
This trail is so much fun. There is lots and lots of good tree coverage which helps on those hot days. Lots of hikers and scouts - be kind, share the trail.

Recommended Route:
See above - cant miss it, just stay on santa anita - except when they close the gate then youve gotta ride the road up to the ranger station.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
el preito



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