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Hermit Falls, CA
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Hermit Falls, CA 
Hermit Falls, CA
 
Hiking avatar Apr 05 2019
DarthStiller
Hiking3.70 Miles 1,111 AEG
Hiking3.70 Miles   2 Hrs   2 Mns   1.82 mph
1,111 ft AEG
 
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After my last day of training, I got out a little early and had some daylight to do a quick hike. I had originally planned to check out the Monrovia Canyon Park, but since their parking lot closes and locks up at 5pm, that was too tight of a window for me. The Chantry Flat Station area is a recreational area managed by the Forest Service that has picnic areas and trails. I went not really knowing what I was going to hike, just wanting to get a few miles in before sundown.

A paved road that is closed to motor vehicles leads down into the canyon. A sign/map at the top gives a vague idea of the trails that are there. Sturtevant Falls looked like a good option. I headed down the road, and around the first bend, I saw another trail that headed to the south. This led to Hermit Falls. It was a shorter hike, and would obviously involve less pavement as the way to Sturtevant Falls was a good mile of the steep grade paved road. Hermit Falls it would be.

The trail in is nice. Then you get to the bottom of the canyon where the falls are, and it's trashed with litter and graffiti. There are cabins that look like they used to be available for rent, but have been damaged and broken into. There are also some spillways along the stream at the bottom of the canyon. Probably the best to expect for an urban hike close to LA. the vegetation was more dense towards the bottom, so that was nice.

After loading my route and checking the HAZ/Google mapping, I verified that I actually got to Hermit Falls. the trail began to fade away after that and there were several stream crossings that were getting more difficult. I saw one narrow area that kind of looked like a waterfall. Since the conditions got worse the farther I got downstream, I had seen enough and had to make my way back out before sundown. At Hermit Falls, there is a rope if you want to climb down to get a better view of the falls below. With all the graffiti around, I didn't see the point in that.

I talked with a local hiker at the parking lot and the trails to the north,(Sturtevant Falls and other trails), are in better condition and not trashed. something to consider if I ever make it back this way again.

This trail is in a canyon that is directly north of the hotel where I stayed. the next morning when I looked out the window, I could recognize the road I drove in up to the Chantry Flat area. Nice to get a little familiar with the area like that.
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