June 03, 2012

Photo Essay: Gabrielino Trail, Chantry Flats to Sturtevant Falls

I went to Chantry Flats in the Angeles National Forest, up the road from Arcadia, because I was in nearby Rosemead and San Gabriel checking out some cemeteries for Memorial Day.

I braved the overcrowded access road, with very little available parking, thinking that if this trail was this popular, it must be worth it.

Little did I know I would end up back on the Gabrielino Trail on my way to Sturtevant Falls.

The hike to Sturtevant Falls is an "upside down" one, with a steep descent into the "bowl" past lush wildflowers...

...down a paved road that soon ends...

...before reaching a bridge that crosses the creek.

Turns out, the Gabrielino Trail actually runs 28.5 miles, created in 1970 with the renaming of several other trails... on my way to Sturtevant Falls, I got to experience another stretch of it.

There are plenty of rustic canyons along the trail, many of which appear to be still occupied.

The parking area was full, necessitating pulling over onto any free strip of road shoulder, but thankfully the trail was peaceful enough...

...until arriving at the falls, of course.

Then all I had to do was hike all the way back up to my car.

Related Reading:
Photo Essay: Gabrielino Trail at JPL, to Gould Mesa Campground

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