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Best trails in Chantry Flat Recreation Area

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Looking for a great trail in Chantry Flat Recreation Area, California? AllTrails has 5 great hiking trails, views trails, wild flowers trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Gearing up for a challenge? There are 3 hard trails in Chantry Flat Recreation Area ranging from 12.2 to 293.4 miles and from 2,139 to 11,499 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
Description

Chantry Flat Recreation Area is located near the towns of Arcadia and Sierra Madre in Angeles National Forest. The flat hosts the last pack station in Southern California, Adams Pack Station, has large picnic area with 35 picnic tables, and is the starting location for several historic trails in the area. The site was originally planned to be a ranch by a prospector named Charley Chantry in the early 1900s. However, his permit failed to go through and he lived on the land with his dog, Patch, spending enough time here to have the placed named after him. Chantry Flat is the trailhead for many great hiking trails in the San Gabriel Mountains area. These trails include the Gabrielino Trail and Sturtevant Trail, which passes Sturtevant Falls and leads to Sturtevant's Camp, the oldest resort in the San Gabriel Mountains. The recreation area can be accessed off of Angeles Crest Highway. There is a small parking area that fills up quickly. There is some overflow parking in the Adams' Pack Station, however it is still recommended to arrive early, especially on weekends. A California Adventure Pass is required to park in the official parking area and on the street.

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Map of trails in Chantry Flat Recreation Area
Park information
Park hours
Monday
6:00 am - 8:00 pm
Tuesday
6:00 am - 8:00 pm
Wednesday
6:00 am - 8:00 pm
Thursday
6:00 am - 8:00 pm
Friday
6:00 am - 8:00 pm
Saturday
6:00 am - 8:00 pm
Sunday
6:00 am - 8:00 pm
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Top trails (5)
#1 - Hoegees Campground Loop: Upper and Lower Winter Creek Trail Loop
Chantry Flat Recreation Area
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Length: 5.6 mi • Est. 3 h 13 m
Canyon has limited parking. The 3 lots all fill up early in the morning on weekends, although on weekdays there is usually a lot of space available. In case you find the lots completely filled, parkiShow more
#2 - Gabrielino Trail (NRT)
Chantry Flat Recreation Area
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Length: 25 mi • Est. Multi-day
Gabrielino Trail (NRT) is a 25 mile lightly trafficked point-to-point trail located near Monrovia, California that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activityShow more
#3 - Six Pack of Peaks via PCT
Chantry Flat Recreation Area
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Length: 293.4 mi • Est. Multi-day
Peaks visited: Mount Wilson, Mount San Antonio, Cucamonga Peak, San Bernardino Peak, San Gorgonio, and Mount San Jacinto. Show more
#4 - Chantry Flats to Newcomb Pass
Chantry Flat Recreation Area
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Length: 12.2 mi • Est. 6 h 55 m
Beautiful hike along a creek featuring a waterfall. Backtrack slightly and climb up santa anita canyon towards Newcomb Saddle. Show more
#5 - San Olene Fire Road [CLOSED]
Chantry Flat Recreation Area
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Length: 4.9 mi • Est. 2 h 47 m
NOTE: Users have reported that the road leading to the trailhead is closed 3.4 miles short due to COVID-19. You can still park and walk to the trailhead. Please check with the park for updates.Show more