The bf's birthday was in December and being the best girlfriend in the world (kidding), I got him tickets to see one of his fav bands in concert: Kings of Leon. This weekend would be the weekend we took our LA road trip to see them play, but what would a Mtn Chicks road trip be without some California hiking?
We left AZ at 12:30am on Saturday and we're honestly dead from getting 3hrs of sleep. BUT THAT'S OKAY because we were excite nonetheless.
I drove the first leg of the trip and kept myself awake by literally dancing to 80s music and Beyoncé in the car while the bf slept in the passenger seat. By the time we switched off, home girl was TIRED. I probably got like an hour long nap before I woke up to us in a gas station in Arcadia. I was honestly surprised that it was still pitch black outside but I guess we missed the daylight savings memo lol because we just got an hour of time back LOL. So needless to say, we really weren't sure what to do with ourselves, the hike we wanted to take was in the middle of a Canyon and didn't offer much of a sunrise view.
After a few minutes of stretching and collecting our thoughts, we decided to drive to the entrance of Angeles National Forest where our hike awaited. And good thing we did! There was literally a line to the forest entrance. So word of advice: if you plan on hiking in the San Gabriel Mountains, go early.
The gates opened at 6am and off we went. The Sturtevant Falls parking lot was a little confusing. A permit is required and can be purchased at outdoor outlets outside of the mountain range for a few bucks. If you don't have a pass, you can purchase a day use permit at the Pack Station at the top of the lot for $5. BUT this is only if the store is open! I recommend checking their hours online to make sure this option is available to you.
The hike takes a steep decline into the mountains on a paved path which is nice on the feet. There's lots of backpackers here making it a little crowded. Eventually the crowds thinned, though. About half a mile in, the paved path ended and we were surrounded by pine trees. The forest looked like the perfect place for Snow White and the 7 Dwarfs to mob in. There were pretty dams little cabins everywhere.
We had to cross over the wash about 3 times, but the 3rd was the best one because around that corner was the waterfall! It was flowing pretty heavily this time of year which was amazing. Sturtevant Falls trail is one for the books! California hiking for the win!
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Dani is the Founder of Mountain Chicks and the primary author of the Mtn Chicks Blog. Here you'll find outdoor tips, travel experiences, gear reviews and more.