6 miles
Distance
1,109 ft
Climb
-5,000 ft
Descent
01:06:34
Avg time
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Sturtevant Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
  • Riding Area
    Los Angeles County
    California
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    DH, AM
  • Trail Usage
    Multi-use
  • Direction
    Both Directions
    Popular direction shown
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • eBike Allowed
  • Global Ranking
    #15085 in Mountain Biking

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.

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More Stats for Sturtevant mountain bike trail
  • Altitude change
    -3,891 ft
  • Altitude min
    1,789 ft
  • Altitude max
    5,681 ft
  • Altitude start
    5,681 ft
  • Altitude end
    1,790 ft
  • Grade max
    -87.159%
  • Grade min
    90.373%
  • Distance climb
    1 miles
  • Distance down
    4 miles
  • Distance flat
    491 ft
  • Avg time
    01:06:34
  • Avg reverse time
    04:41:43
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Status:
on Jul 14, 2020
Very Dry
Avg: 4.5 (6 votes)

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Trail Conditions
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  • Very Dry
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  • Wilderness (typically no bikes in USA)
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  • State land
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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Ideal
  • Dry
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  • eBike Charging Point eBike Charging Point
  • Water Fountain/Source Water Fountain/Source
  • Gate Gate
  • Trail Sign Trail Sign
  • Table or Bench Table or Bench
  • Ladder Ladder
  • Stairs Stairs
  • Bridge Bridge
  • Camping Camping
  • Cabin Cabin
  • Lodge Lodge
  • Bear Cache Bear Cache
  • Dock Dock
  • Ranger Station Ranger Station
  • Summit Summit
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      Sturtevant Trail Reports

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      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...
      Jul 4, 2020 @ 7:26pm
      Jul 4, 2020
      Overgrown vegetation
      Jun 19, 2020 @ 7:52pm
      Jun 19, 2020
      Had to ride around the entrance/gate to the Observatory in order to get to the trail head. No parking inside. Was a weekday, not sure about the...
      Jun 19, 2020 @ 7:48pm
      Jun 19, 2020
      . Had to ride around the entrance/ gate to the Observatory to get to the trailhead . No parking inside yet. It was a Friday. Multiple trees down...
      Mar 3, 2020 @ 10:01am
      Mar 3, 2020
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      youtuber Sturtevant Trail - Mt. Wilson - Altadena, CA
      28:55 | 543 | Oct 7, 2018 , My City
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