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ALL ABOARD FOR NATURE! Trip #5: Sturtevant Falls in San Gabriel Mountains

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Union Station

800 North Alameda Street

Los Angeles, CA 90012

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Explore this San Gabriel Mountains favorite, a shady canyon hike on ALL ABOARD FOR NATURE! Public Lands Day L.A.

About this Event

Nature for All presents a guided Transit to Trails hike to one of our favorite hiking spots: Sturtevant Falls - in Big Santa Anita Canyon in the San Gabriel Mountains (Angeles National Forest). Starting from Union Station, we'll take the Metro Gold Line to Arcadia, then hop on a special one-day-only City of Arcadia shuttle up the mountain to Chantry Flat Trailhead.

Please read the trail description to make sure your ability is up to this hike.

Distance: 3.4 mile out-and-back hike | Time: 2.5 hour hike | Difficulty: Beginner-Medium. Elevation gain and loss: Descent: 639' and Ascent: 639'

Hike Description: Sturtevant Falls is a lovely, popular hike that is relatively easy and very family friendly. Although the beginning is exposed and sunny as we descend a paved road, we soon reach the shady canyon surrounded by Alder and Coast Live Oak trees. We'll follow the creek, occasionally crossing it, past quaint cabins until we reach the waterfall. We'll take our time hiking down, enjoy our sack lunches, relax in the canyon, and then head back.

Note: There likely won't be much water in the waterfall since it's late in the season. But it's still absolutely worth it for the whole experience. And when you come back in the Spring, you'll be amazed at the rushing falls and creek after we've had rain!

Limited to 30 seats, reserve now!

Schedule (subject to change):

  • 8:00-9:00 am TRIP CHECK-IN. Show your Eventbrite ticket (phone is fine), at the Trip Check-in table to confirm your reserved seat, and find out where to meet your group. If you do not have a ticket, we will be taking a Wait List if any seats open up. Note: If you are not checked in by 9:00 am, we will have to release your seat(s) to those on the Wait List.
  • 10:00 am Trip Departs. Group will walk from Union Station South Patio to the Gold Line platform. 45 min ride. Arrive at Metro Gold Line Arcadia Station.
  • 11:00-11:15 am Shuttle. City of Arcadia Chantry Flat Shuttle will operate one-day-only for this event; circulating approx. every 30 minutes.
  • 11:30-11:45 am Arrive at Chantry Flat Picnic Area. Greeting from National Forest Foundation volunteers and U.S. Forest Service partners.
  • 12:00 pm Begin hike
  • 12:45~1:00 pm Arrive at Sturtevant Falls. Enjoy sack lunch.
  • 2:00 pm Hike back
  • 3:15 pm Return on shuttles to Arcadia Station.
  • 4:00-4:30 pm Return to Union Station.

  • Leader will return with the group. Participants are free to leave the group early, or stay longer on their own - but please notify the leader to sign out from the trip. Note: If you miss the return, you'll need to find your own way home.

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What to bring:

  • Lunch & snacks. Water bottle, sunscreen, hat, good walking or hiking shoes.
  • Loaded TAP card. All participants need a TAP card loaded with two fares (2 x $1.75 = $3.50) before our 10 a.m departure. We have some free unloaded TAP cards available. You may purchase fares at Union Station.
  • Cash! Enter our fundraiser raffle & win great prizes including REI & Patagonia goods.

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Liability Waiver & Minors:

  • When registering online, all participants need to click & accept the terms of the liability waiver. Waiver forms will also be available at the event.
  • Participants under 18 must have a guardian or group guardian on the trip.
  • For guardians of minors and groups, please download the liability waiver and have your minors' guardians sign the form and bring them when you check in for the trip.

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About the Shuttle

Our partners at the City of Arcadia will run a free Transit-to-Trails shuttle service, open to the public from 8:15 am - 4 pm on this one day only (Sept. 28) to celebrate National Public Lands Day. The shuttle will connect the transit gap between the Metro Gold Line Arcadia Station and intensely popular Chantry Flat Trailhead in the San Gabriel Mountains, greatly alleviating the traffic & parking pressure on the mountain.

The shuttle will run approx. every 30 minutes, departing from Santa Clara St. Limited free parking will be available thanks to REI Arcadia's lot. Last departure from Arcadia Station is 3 pm. Last return trip from Chantry Flat is 4 pm.

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Locations:

Union Station: 800 N Alameda St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Union Station is Downtown Los Angeles' transit hub. It's easiest to arrive by transit, bike, scoot or walk. Paid parking is available but we encourage you to make this a multi-modal/transit day!

Chantry Flat Trailhead, Angeles National Forest

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This is just one part of the ALL ABOARD FOR NATURE! Public Lands Day L.A. event, presented by Nature for All on September 28, 2019. First we’ll kick off with a family-friendly Morning Festival at Union Station. Then we’ll head out for five transit trips: to the beach, the mountains, the L.A. River and parks around Los Angeles County. Find details on the event website. Share the Facebook event. You’re invited!

#ALLABOARDFORNATURE! Photo Contest

Share your experience with the hashtag #AllAboardforNature, tag us @lanatureforall and post your photos to enter our social media raffle to win prizes! We want to see all the fun you had getting outdoors on National Public Lands Day! You may also email photos to bryan@lanatureforall.org to be featured on our social media! Contest winners will receive free swag, and all submissions grant Nature for All permission to use photographs.

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