Tuesday, July 3, 2012
Hike 2012.042 -- Sturtevant Falls
Got off from work early today, drove home, and contemplated where or if I was going to hike. Ended up taking another short hike.
But first, I headed up to the new Angeles National Forest HQ building, on Santa Anita Avenue in Arcadia (just south of the Foothill Freeway (I-210). My Adventure Pass expired back in April, and I decided it was time to get a replacement. Went with the America the Beautiful Pass this time, so I'll have to hit Joshua Tree and at least one other national park by the end of July 2013 to "get my money's worth."
Parked, signed my card, and headed down the pavement towards Sturtevant Falls. I had several optional add-ons to this hike, but ended up just going to the falls. Got me thinking about my time in Kentucky as I walked.
How does this relate to today's hike? Well, I've discovered something the past few weeks. But first, my new routine: I've recently shifted my work schedule to 7am - 3:30pm. This means getting up at about 5:30am, which gives me about 45 minutes to get myself ready and the cats fed, followed by a 40 minute drive to work. Then it's a Pop Tart or two for breakfast, with coffee, at the desk, as I'm working. Maybe something from Jack-in-the-Box if I'm running early. Then lunch at 11:30am, then work until 3:30pm. Then I either drive straight from work to a trailhead, or I drive home, then change, then head out again. Either way, I still have lots of daylight for hiking.
OK, end of that digression.
It's been a few months since my last visit to Sturtevant Falls. As I made my way to the falls today, the water was well below where it was during my last visit. Lower Winter Creek didn't even flow over the check dam, though it did reappear near the bridge that crosses the creek. Also, the check dams along Sturtevant Creek didn't flow over the face of the dam, either.
Crossing Sturtevant Creek at Fiddler's Crossing didn't take any level of dexterity, either.
Still, it was a scenic crossing. The guy in the cabin recently got himself a new American flag. He's almost always got one displayed out front, but sometimes it's more worn than others. Today, it looked new, and very dramatic with the backlighting. What a place to live!
Dan Simpson gives a distance of 3.7 miles for this hike, and a loss/gain of 700 feet. That's pretty short to me, but the end will be up a long paved road. If you don't have much aerobic capability, it'll be a slow slog back to your car. Lots of younger kids (meaning 8 and under) make the trip, while younger ones sometimes get much of the trail riding in a stroller.
I've written up this hike numerous other times, so use the search function at the bottom of this page if you want to see more descriptions and pictures.