Mount Zion Loop - Sturtevant to Winter Creek Trails

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Mount Zion Loop - Sturtevant to Winter Creek Trails is a 8.5 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Sierra Madre, California that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
8.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2217 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dog friendly

backpacking

birding

hiking

mountain biking

trail running

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

over grown

A beautiful multi-landscape trail with many waterfalls and trees. Offers a challenging and well-maintained trail. Big Santa Anita Canyon offers something for everybody. If you are traveling with young children, the short hike from Chantry Flat to Sturtevant Falls is rewarding and great for an easy morning or afternoon hike. However, if you're interested in something more substantial, you can follow the Big Santa Anita Loop trail. The scenery along the trails in this area is really beautiful, especially along the river. There are many waterfalls, albeit most of them manmade, but are sure to soothe your soul. Plentiful greenery in the form of trees, shrubs and various indigenous plant life make this trail special in its own right. Add to that incredible vistas of both the canyon and the mountains surrounding Mt. Wilson. Many times you'll have to remind yourself you are in Los Angeles County! The loop climbs steadily from the area of the 55-foot tall Sturtevant falls. The highest point of the main loop is about 3400 feet. Many hikers choose to bring trekking poles for this trail. A remote campground about 3.5 miles into the loop offers up some picnic tables, pit toilets, and of course, a place to make camp if you choose to stay overnight. There are roughly 6-7 spots and if you plan on having a fire, be sure to bring along your fire permit. Another unique aspect of the Big Santa Anita Canyon loop trail is the variety of terrains you'll cover. Sometimes you'll be deep in the forest and at other times you'll feel like you're in somewhat of a desert. If you are a local, this is a great hike to do over and over again. However, beware that during the summer months, it can get quite hot and the bugs can be very annoying, especially while standing or sitting still. The Adams Pack Station in Chantry Flat offers some supplies and essentials as well as treats such as ice cream, soda, and water. Parking can be very crowded on the weekends in Chantry Flat and you'll likely need to park along the mountain to get a spot in the mornings. Make sure to have an Adventure Pass to park along the road.

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I went on Sunday and parking was horrible. I made a few circles waiting for a spot to open up. Make sure you have a day pass, it's $5. If you start and go up and hit the water fall first then Mt. Wilson where the observatory is, and come back around that way, it's approximateky 14.5 miles. It's tough but the views are great and it was definitely worth it.

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Great trail, meets the qualifications of "hard", mostly for quality of trail and a few steep grades. Some washed out sections, one on steep rock cliffs, and a few boulders and trees to climb over. Fun, but not for young kids.

Most is beautifully shaded, and accompanied by water, with the exception of the 1.5 miles coming down from Mt Zion. Check out Sturtevant Camp as you pass it near the half way point.

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bring bug spray!!

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Beautiful trail and mostly under cover of trees, which makes it easier to get through the 10 or so miles. So much to look at from waterfalls to cabins, Creek dams and so much more. Was fortunate to see a dear and a snake. So much fun, next time going to check out the observatory.

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