California Native Plant Society
San Gabriel Mountains Chapter

Sturtevant Falls

Many people do not realize there are attractive water falls in the San Gabriel Mountains. The walk to Sturtevant Falls is an easy one, and very accessible. From the 210 Freeway in Arcadia, take the Santa Anita Avenue exit and drive north several miles to Chantry Flat, and walk from there — 3 miles to the falls and back. This is Hike No. 41 in John Robinson's book, Trails of the Angeles. For details of the trail, see Dan Simpson's web page. The photos below are from April 2007.

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The canyon The trail Coffee fern Spreading larkspur Spreading larkspur

Canyon leading to Sturtevant Falls

The trail to Sturtevant Falls

Coffee fern (Pellaea andromedifolia)

Spreading larkspur (Delphinium patens)

California polypody
California polypody
California polypody
Coulter's lupine
Coulter's lupine

California polypody (Polypodium californicum),
a fern that is summer deciduous

Collar lupine (Lupinus truncatus)

Wild sweet pea
Wild sweet pea
Creek monkeyflower
Creek monkeyflower
Oak leaves

Wild sweet pea (Lathyrus vestitus)

Creek monkeyflower (Mimulus guttatus)

Oak leaves

Bigleaf maple
Bigleaf maple
Bigleaf maple
Gooseberry
MIner's lettuce

Bigleaf maple (Acer macrophyllum)

Gooseberry (Ribes sp.)

MIner's lettuce (Claytonia perfoliata mexicana)

Phacelia Wood fern Wood fern Aspen tree Creek bed

Baby blue eyes among miner's lettuce (Nemophila mensiesii)

Coastal wood fern (Dryopteris arguta)

Wallflower (Erysium capitatum)

Alder trees (Alnus rhombifolia) in damp ground along the greek. The drooping “moustache” in the left image is characteristic.

Sugar bush Purple nightshade Sturtevant Falls Sturtevant Falls Sturtevant falls

Sugar bush (Rhus ovata)

Purple nightshade (Solanum xanti)

Rock face

Sturtevant Falls

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Images copyright © 2007-2009 Andrea Edwards.