Stepping Back in Time at Sturtevant’s Camp

Sturtevant's Camp, Angeles Nat. Forest

Sturtevant's Camp, Angeles Nat. Forest

A surprising glimpse of yesteryear is usually welcome, at least when you’ve been hiking for several hours. That’s how we came upon Sturtevant’s Camp last weekend. We’d seen pictures of this Great Hiking Era resort camp, and people had sometimes mentioned it after our Call of the Mountains presentations showing Sturtevant Falls. But we hadn’t seen the camp until our friends Judy and Art asked us to join them on a 10-mile circle hike, climbing from Chantry Flat over Mt. Zion saddle into the upper Big Santa Anita Canyon. Wanting to stop there and snack before hiking on down, we turned off the trail – serendipitously into Sturtevant’s Camp, where we sat down by a croquet court. Above us, a group of children frolicked near a volleyball court. That’s when Forest Service Volunteer/Camp Manager Chris Kasten approached us, pointing out the 1903 hand-hewn log cabin that once housed patrolling rangers. He also showed us the 1898 dining pavilion built of native materials, still used today. In their kitchen, propane gas fuels two refrigerators and a big range stove. The camp’s electricity comes from a micro-hydro generator using water flow from the nearby stream. Without any roads, a mule-pack team hauls up supplies once a week, and a hand-crank telephone system connects the camp to the pack station below. We couldn’t stay, of course, in this oasis under big cone spruce, maples and canyon live oaks. But amenities like showers and flush toilets convinced us to note the Website: Sturtevant@calpaccamps.org for making group and individual reservations

1903 Ranger's Cabin

1903 Ranger's Cabin

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2 Responses to Stepping Back in Time at Sturtevant’s Camp

  1. Chris Kasten says:

    Sounds like a great place! Thanks for posting this.

  2. annolander says:

    I think caring hospitality is one of the biggest reasons for Sturtevant Camp’s popularity today.

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