Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Hermit Falls

Location:
Coming from Long Beach take 605 north to the 210 west/ Foothill freeway towards  Pasadena. Exit Santa Anita Ave. Right at north Santa Anita Ave. Continue onto Chantry Flats Rd. Fallow Chantry Flats Rd. all the way to the parking lot. An adventure pass is needed, they are sold at the Chantry Flats parking lot.

Date/ Times Completed: 
August 15, 2011
9:45am - 5:45pm

Hours:
6am - 8pm

Difficulty: Moderate - difficult in some places

Elevation Gain:
400 feet

Seasons:
All year

Entrance Fee:
An adventure pass is needed when parking at Chantry Flats, they are available for $5. Here is a link where you can find a place near you to buy them or they are sold at Chantry Flats.

Trails:
Hermit Falls- 2.6 miles round trip
Sturtevant Falls- 3.7 miles round trip
Lower Trail (top of Sturtevant Falls)- About 1 mile round trip

Trail Condition:
Most of the trail was in great condition; part of it is even paved but there were a few spots where the trail was eroding and it was a long way down! We also had to cross over the stream using rocks, fallen trees, and plants but it was fun.

Cell Service:
(Along the trail fellow hikers and I try to successfully send texts at random points along the trail to determine cell coverage)
T-Mobile - Had service the whole time

Other Activities:
Hiking
Running
Equestrian
Mountain Bike
Swimming

Trail Directions:
Starting at the Chantry Flats parking lot we fallowed the paved road behind the bathrooms on the lower parking level down a short distance where we saw a sign to the left for Hermit Falls. The trail will Zig-zag all the way down to the stream where you will have to use the rocks to cross. Fallowing the signs we kept going along the trail till eventually ran into the top of Hermit falls. There were quite a few people there mostly teens so keep that in mind when going here. Sadly where there are large groups of teens there will always be tons of trash and graffiti... BUT Hermit falls is still a beautiful place! so please don't let the trash deter you and/or your family from enjoying this amazing place. Once at the falls we saw three pools of water the top one that had a natural waterside down to the second pool that was deep enough to jump in from the rocks above. The third and most difficult to get to is at the base of the fall. After attempting to find a way to climb down to the water we realized the only way down was to JUMP! off the large boulder that over looks the large/ deep body of water below. So take a step back and jump in! the water its deep enough :) After spending about an hour we headed back up the trail to the paved road where we took that all the way down to Sturtevant Falls.

Jessie's Thoughts:
Hermit falls is a great hike its just a little backwards starting up at the parking lot and having to descend down into the mountains only to have to climb back up once you are tired from swimming but if you aren't tired head over Sturtevant falls. There was a lot of trash most at the waterfall itself; hidden in and under rocks or just left on the floor! There was a small amount of graffiti but I have seen far worse. All in all this was a great hike and the end result (the waterfall) was way worth the trek back up the mountain. We can't wait to go back!!

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