Soldier Creek via Pinyon Trail is a 1.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Azusa, CA that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.
Directions from Azusa, CA: Travel San Gabriel Canyon Road 25 miles north to the Crystal Lake Recreation Area.
The Cedar Canyon trail connects to the Soldier Creek trail, so the two trails may be considered as one. Cedar Canyon trail is fairly steep with switchbacks. Top of the trail is the Crystal Lake paved road. When you finish descending to the bottom of the canyon, the trail meets up with Soldier Creek trail.