Hiking In California: Our Fave Trails From North To South
For The Hopeless Romantic: Sturtevant Falls

In the heart of Big Santa Anita Canyon lies the ultimate date spot: beautiful Sturtevant Falls. Boasting 50 feet (!) of cascading waterfalls and lush floral greenery, the ambiance makes this the ideal marriage of romantic stroll and exercise excursion. The 3.25-mile trail is lined with Periwinkle flowers, which were originally planted by early western pioneers, and you'll catch a glimpse of vintage cabins along the way. All in all, a perfect date spot.

Trailhead Location: Chantry Flats Road, Angeles National Forest, Arcadia, CA 91006

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“Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting, so get on your way!” Dr. Seuss  was on to something: every day is a perfect day to move mountains. But if you’d prefer to scale them as well, we’re looking no further than our own backyard to bring you the very best of the West when it comes to hiking in California.

First date? Strapped for time? Seeking a thrill? There’s a hike for that…

From our friends


  1. I recently hiked in Santa Anita and we made our way over a few river crossings to this waterfall where we ate our picnic in awesomeness . I will never forget the scent of the forest, which was perfumed with sweet pine sap, wild sage and fresh earth! As a matter of fact, I’m working on a perfume in honor of the raw beauty of the California forest and this incredible natural waterfall. Thank you for triggering fantastic memories TCM.

    Victoria | 06.21.2013 | Reply
  2. Wow, I would love to visit the Lewis Creek trail… I can almost smell the air.

    Linc | 06.21.2013 | Reply
    • Sounds so great, right now, right? Have a great weekend Linc!

      The Chalkboard | 06.21.2013 | Reply
  3. Hi Cindy, I love love love your lemons. I alywas have fresh lemons laying on my kitchen counter and love the look and the smell. I have an empty vintage bowl on a bookcase and couldn’t decide what to put in it…I may just do the lemon thing.

    Arnab | 05.07.2014 | Reply

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