The uncharted Adams Falls is located one mile up the East Fork of Santa Anita Canyon and boasts a 75′ cascade best visited after rainfall. Named in honor of pack station owners Bill and Lila Adams, the falls are seldomly visited today mainly because there is no trail. 

Sharalyn and I set out on a Friday morning to seek out this secret treasure. We left our cars behind at Chantry parking area and set afoot down the Gabrielino Trail (same trail to Sturtevant Falls). Only .75 mile of asphalt to the bottom before continuing on to the trail.

 

Adams Falls, Chantry Flats, Sturtevant Falls, Big Santa Anita CanyonFording the green bridge where Winter Creek meets the main creek (Roberts’ camp)


Adams Falls, Chantry Flats, Sturtevant Falls, Big Santa Anita Canyon
Carved by Chris Kasten (canyoncartography.com) when he was a Boy Scout.

We continued our jaunt on the trail shaded by oak, bay, and alder trees while listening to the refreshing sounds of the stream. It wasn’t before long that we spotted cabin #67 where we needed to cross the stream to get to the East Fork canyon.


Adams Falls, Chantry Flats, Sturtevant Falls, Big Santa Anita Canyon

In the late 1960’s, cabin #67  was home to some people who got busted cultivating a pot farm up in the East Fork. After passing #67 cabin we then passed to the left of cabin #58. A very grand beautiful cabin!


Adams Falls, Chantry Flats, Sturtevant Falls, Big Santa Anita Canyon

Once passed the cabins, we then crossed over a check dam covered in leaves. This was the start of the long mile up the canyon to get to Adams Falls. Almost immediately we encountered Newts crawling about through the leaves and under the branches in search of their next mates. 


Adams Falls, Chantry Flats, Sturtevant Falls, Big Santa Anita CanyonPassing by cabin #58, the check dam on the right

Adams Falls, Chantry Flats, Sturtevant Falls, Big Santa Anita CanyonNewt mating season

Adams FallsCar-sized boulders indeed. Luckily this was only a short part.

Adams FallsNegotiating which way is best up the canyon with least Poison Oak.

Adams FallsReflections in a unique canyon wall

Adams FallsCarefully traversing pools with sloped walls 

Adams FallsSo much green!

Adams Falls, Chantry Flats, Sturtevant Falls, Big Santa Anita CanyonAdams Falls!

Adams FallsSharalyn in complete awe of what we found pretty tucked away in a canyon.