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
2660 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dog friendly

backpacking

birding

hiking

mountain biking

trail running

views

waterfall

wild flowers

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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1 day ago

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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Great Hike. Distance is actually 12 miles

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22 days ago

This is a pretty hard trail, for me anyways, but it was great.

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23 days ago

This is my favorite trail!

27 days ago

Great loop trail. Nice coming downhill into the parking lot instead of back up the paved road.

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1 month ago

Very nice trail uphill. Not many views.

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2 months ago

I'm pretty sure this trail is a lot longer than posted here. We went up one side to Sturtevant Camp and came back down the same side because they didn't recommend going down the other side. Since it was our first time here, we listened. It took us 12.2 miles and almost 5 hours. Try to get the map ready to record before you go up into the mountain because once your there, you will most likely have no service. I was driving and didn't think to get it ready before we went up, but my husband had his ready to record. Make sure to also get your pass to park and don't park on the red. They were issuing tickets to these cars when we walked by.

This trail is gorgeous and even nicer once you go further up from the falls. The further you go, the less people there are and the more nature-y it is. Lots of small falls and rivers throughout the trail. So many butterflies and lady bugs. We saw a couple of snakes, so just keep an eye out for them.

This is probably the best hike we've done. Good luck!