5.7 miles
Distance
59 ft
Climb
-3,963 ft
Descent
01:49:33
Avg time
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Sturtevant Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
  • Riding Area
    Altadena
    , California
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    DH, AM
  • Direction
    Both Directions
    Popular direction shown
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • eBike Allowed
  • Global Ranking
    #40678 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • #11293 in Hiking
  • Local Popularity
    25 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 5 in Trail Running
    • 5 in Hiking

Sturtevant is a Classic Dark-side Downhill. Its got a bit of everything you find in the San Gabrial Mountains oldest "un-burnt" forest. This is a beautiful and challenging ride through a historic area.
This trail starts along the fence of the telescopes at the east end of the Mt Wilson Observatory.
The trail starts with some steep and loose switchbacks and as you get into the Pines. Then it gets into some flowier sections with some very serious exposier and rock gardens interspersed; so watch out. Then into some nice roots as you get down to the creek. Once you get under the oaks and cotton woods there is plenty of decomposed granite on old trail cut into the side of the mountain. When you get down to the bridge after the cabins the only way out though is by climbing a paved, closed, access road out to Chantrey Flats. There are lots of hikers that use this trail to summit Mt. Wilson, especially on the weekends. Best time to ride this trail is early mornings or weekdays and please always wear a bell to allow hikers to know of your approach and ride within a reasonable speed.

Access Info

This Trail is accessible best by Shuttle to the top of Mt. Wilson.
There Is a local shuttle company, SCOAoutdoors.net , that will service this ride from Altadena to Mt. Wilson as there is also service for the more popular "Frontside" trails as well.

Local Trail Association
Traditionally Indigenous Territory
More Stats for Sturtevant mountain bike trail trail
  • Altitude change
    -3,906 ft
  • Altitude min
    1,781 ft
  • Altitude max
    5,688 ft
  • Altitude start
    5,688 ft
  • Altitude end
    1,781 ft
  • Grade
    -12.9%
  • Grade max
    -68.8%
  • Grade min
    14.2%
  • Distance climb
    1,647 ft
  • Distance down
    5 miles
  • Distance flat
    604 ft
  • Avg time
    01:49:33
  • Avg reverse time
    04:27:35
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on May 15, 2022
Dry
Avg: 4.5 (6 votes)
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      Sturtevant Trail Reports

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      May 15, 2022 @ 8:50pm
      May 15, 2022
      Dropping in from the observatory does not indicate closed. It should. There is major erosion. Dry loose loam covered in leaves and pine cones...
      May 6, 2021 @ 2:51pm
      May 6, 2021
      Closed. Major erosion and tons of downed trees littering the trail.
      May 6, 2021 @ 2:49pm
      May 6, 2021
      Major erosion and tons of downed trees littering the trail.
      Apr 3, 2021 @ 3:54pm
      Apr 3, 2021
      trail closed ,a lot of downed trees , required digout and cleaning
      Jul 14, 2020 @ 4:05pm
      Jul 14, 2020
      The trail is very dry and dusty. There is overgrown vegetation at the top and bottom of the trail that needs to be cleared before it becomes...
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      youtuber Sturtevant Trail - Mt. Wilson - Altadena, CA
      28:55 | 871 | Oct 7, 2018 , Altadena
      STURTEVANT : MTB
      42:10 | 20 | Apr 16, 2022 , Altadena
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