Winter Creek Santa Anita Canyon Hoegee's Campground Loop is a 4.7 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Sierra Madre, CA that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible 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.
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.
Nice switchbacks! In and out to the campground on the upper trail.
Nice 5 mile hike. Great non-city views. Most of the trail was in the forest with a single file dirt trail. We went on a Sunday afternoon and it wasn't overcrowded as I was expecting.
Just completed this trail less than two hours ago. It was okay for me. Since I've been walking in the woods for most of the time, there wasn't much of a view for me. I'd prefer routes where I can see the sky and mountains and everything beneath them. If you prefer to stay away from the sun, go for this trail.
What we thought would be 4 miles turned into a 11 mile hike because of a wrong turn. The waterfall was dry. But the work out and views were good .
You need a parking pass we got lucky that we got away with not having one today.
Make sure you catch the cutoff or it turns into an 8+ mile hike. The conditions right now are extremely dry.
Forrest canopy almost the whole way. Very challenging on some spots where you really feel the burn in your legs. Met a small bear and her cub. This is now my favorite trail.
This is a great hike, which can be easily done in a few hours. This trail is popular with people, especially on weekends, so be ready to walk to the trailhead. I'd recommend starting this trail by going to the Falls first, which will save you the climb on the road in the way back.
a great morning to hike with my husband and 4 boys. thankful for all the shade. there are a few spots that are steep and slippery but overall if a 3 yr old can manage and myself recovering from a fracture in my knee it wasn't too bad ☺ we did however come across a mama bear with her 2 cubs which was a bit scary, they were about 6ft to the right of the trail just a few minutes past the campground. but we just turned back about 30 ft and within 10 minutes mama bear ran up the hill with her lil ones. few people hiking this trail so it's doable if you are short on time like we were. the hard part as others have stated is the last bit where the trail opens up to a paved walkway that goes up towards the parking lot with no shade to help you. make sure to have plenty of water because it's needed right there at the end.
Really shady and light traffic on a Friday morning. Good trail for the pup. Mosquitos will get you tho! Watch out for those guys
A great hike for hot days. Plenty of shade and natural beauty!
Best hike in the Chantey Falls area. Shaded trail, vibrant scenery and wildlife, nice mixture of canyon and mountainside hikes, and much lower foot traffic than the waterfall. Not suitable for younger kids (~under 7) due to tight spots with mild drop-offs. My two dogs completed hike yet the older dog struggled at the end. Water crossings for dogs are available, mostly in the lower part, but bring a few bottles!
It was great