Winter Creek Santa Anita Canyon Hoegee's Campground Loop is a 4.7 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Sierra Madre, California that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from January until September. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.
Lush, shady woods with a 50 foot high Sturtevant Falls and nice camp grounds. In this scenic loop trip form Chantry flat, you'll climb by way of the Gabrielino Trail to Sturtevant Camp, and return by way of the Mt. Zion and Upper Winter Creek trails. You start down a paved road (.06 mi) . There is a restroom at the end of the pave road. You edge along side a number of small cabins. At 1.4 miles, amidst a beautiful oak woodland, you come to a 4 way junction of trails. Take the time to see 50-foot-high Sturtevant Falls, a worthy trip. Take the middle (lower) trail -the more scenic and exciting alternative. This trail slices across a sheer wall above the falls and continues through miniature cascades and pools. About 2.8 miles into the hike you will reach Cascade Picnic where ther are restrooms. Another .7 you will reach Spruce Grove trail Camp. This is a nice place to stop for a snack or you can continue to Sturtevant Camp which is .1 miles where you can relax and have a swing. Cross a dam and take the MT. Zion trail to upper Winter trail. $5 Parking Fee.
Just did this hike with the family on 1/29/17. With all the rainfall recently, this trail is insanely beautiful! So much greenery and lots of water flowing in the creek, and pouring off the dams. You start out near the little general store at the end of the road up Santa Anita (You need a $5 parking pass you can buy at the General store....parking was terrible...a lot of people on the weekend. There are a couple parking lots, but they fill up fast and most people just park along the side of the road or anywhere the can squeeze in). The trail loops around and back up to where you parked, about 5.5 miles total...the last half mile is up a killer incline paved road. The trail hugs the sides of mountains, with amazing views, and then goes down into what feels like a rainforest. The stream was flowing pretty good and you have to cross about 7 times throughout, but your feet won't get wet if you can keep your balance across the logs and rocks. There are creepy abandoned looking cabins the last couple miles, but it's still really cool. It takes about 2.5 hours, and it's not very difficult. I highly recommend this trail...it really is stunning and I'll definitely be back.
Great hike. We did 5.5 miles from the spot we parked and the trail was very green, the creek was full with at least 5 waterfalls from the dams. Very little people on the trail which was good. Moderate hike with crossing of the creak 5-6 times. Bring water and snacks. Total time through the loop was around 2.5 hours.
Chang Yun L.
Very beautiful place.
There is still a small amount of water available in the stream for those looking to filter water.
Beware there is a lot of black bear activity. We stayed the night and had to deal with a mamma & cub all night long. Recommend you bring bear mace if you plan to stay.