Mount Zion Loop - Sturtevant to Winter Creek Trails

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Mount Zion Loop - Sturtevant to Winter Creek Trails is a 7.8 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.

7.8 miles 2509 feet 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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One of my new favorite hikes! Simply beautiful

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Strenuous hike but good.

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Did this hike today. Green and wet and beautiful. Be to chantry no later then 7a if going on the weekend. Took upper winter creek trail to mt Zion and then down to sturdevant camp. From there took Gabriellino trail back to chantry. Was around 8 miles. The trek up to the lot is one hell of a way to end a hike. Not sure what reviewer Mike is smoking but I want some. This hike is nowhere near 22 miles. Mike needs to buy a map lol!

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3 months ago

Did an overnight trip and camped at the Spruce grove campsite.

Positives:
Waterfall was awesome
The stream was full and the trails were very green. Very unique scenery.
Running stream by the site
Spotted several climbing spots

Negatives:
LOTS of people
Parking is a battle (went on a Saturday morning)
The .8 mile trek up and down the paved trail at the trailhead is a terrible way to begin and end a trip.
Campsites are directly off the trail so you get tons of people passing through the site.
The many small cabins along the trail are unique but also distracting and often overpowering.
**this is my personal preference, but both sites are in the middle of the forest and no where near a peak or a saddle.

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loved it

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