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Mount Zion Loop - Sturtevant to Winter Creek Trails [CLOSED]

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Angeles National Forest

Mount Zion Loop - Sturtevant to Winter Creek Trails [CLOSED] is a 9.3 mile heavily 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.

Length 9.3 mi Elevation gain 2,339 ft Route type Loop
Dog friendly Backpacking Camping Hiking Mountain biking Walking Bird watching Running Forest Partially paved River Views Waterfall Wild flowers Wildlife Bugs Over grown Closed
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Note: As of October 2020, this area will be closed until April 2022 due to the Bobcat Fire. For updates, please visit: https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/angeles/alerts-notices 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. 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.

Get there early, 6:30am - 7am to avoid crowds and when possible, visit during the week. Be advised of the weather as a large portion of the hike is covered by tree canopy and can get a bit chilly even on slightly warmer days. Dress appropriately and stay hydrated, the constant view of flowing water and beauty can easily stray your mind from hydrating and nourishing your body.

Take the Foothill Freeway (I-210) into Arcadia and get off at Santa Anita Avenue. Drive about six miles north until it ends at Chantry Flat and the parking lot where the trailhead begins.

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Ana Castro
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HikingClosed

We just drove there but it’s close the road because of the fire of Azusa don’t go for now try a different trail we couldn’t do this trail

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Random Hiker
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It was closed on Sunday 08/23 for some reason.

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Rachel Derrico
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Nikki Katz
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The trail is beautiful but the first couple miles to the fall are way too packed. Gets better after that. The middle section gets technical though not really hard. Narrow in parts. Definitely do it counterclockwise so that the ascent is in the shade. Get there well before 7am to find parking and don’t forget your Adventure Pass.

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Random Hiker
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The trail is mostly forested but there are parts where you are exposed to the sun and can get some very nice views. I recommend taking the lower creek trail on your way back.

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Ruby Rodriguez
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HikingBugs

Hi! I just went on this trail 7/4/2020 and it was so beautiful. I loved the scenery and the fresh air. I recommend going early to not run into other hikers. BUT the road to drive to the entrance of the trail was blocked off so you couldn’t drive up! Everyone hiked about 2 miles up hill and it was killer! When I got back down, i had a parking citation, im not sure if anyone else got one though. STILL BEAUTIFUL AND WORTH IT

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Cris Hazzard
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Nice mellow trails away from crowds. I have a route that takes some lesser known trails - video and guide on HikingGuy com if you want to give a try.

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Cucumber Hikes
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Fun stuff. Nice smaller alternative hike if you don’t want to go all the way up Wilson.

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Andrea Luca
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It was an amazing hike. Went with my 2 dogs and they loved every minute of it!

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Jesus Huidobro
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Nice warm up hike to get ready for the full Wilson loop. Bit exposed at the top but not too bad.

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Cucumber Hikes
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Hiking

Great hike. Peak was a little overgrown but you still get a good view. Chantry flats is closed Friday - Sunday until further notice. So the people saying the road is closed, that is why. Start before sunrise to get parking and to enjoy the hike with the fewest people possible.

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Brad Ahrens
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awesome

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Christahina M.
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HikingBugs

Awesome hike!! Definitely a lot of bugs out right now so bring some spray with you! It’s also mix of both sun and shade throughout the hike. Also a 19 year old hiker went missing last night, search and rescue team are going all throughout searching and advising all hikers keep an eye out

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Molly Hill
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HikingBugsMuddy

Lovely shaded trail, relatively easy throughout. (I’d guess the hard rating is to deter young kids and newbies from the spots where the trail is thin and there are steep drops). Bugs were abundant mid-May, but not bothersome if you keep moving. Heard a bear, but didn’t see her! Please, take out what you bring in. We fuller our packs with other’s trash and it was quite disheartening.

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Daniel Gutierrez
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HikingBugsRocky

Nice trail I have to say for me it was pretty easy. I finished it and figured I do it again just going back!

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Josh M
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HikingBugsMuddy

Overall a great trail. Lots of shade except when you get above the tree line. Also saw some trash people left behind. Pick up your trash, it doesn’t look good. Stay safe!

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Timothy Rosnick
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Chantry Flat is an great area to hike. Hogees Camp is mislabeled on the attached map annotation. The location marked is actually Sturdevant Camp. Hogees Camp is close to the Lower Zion Trail Junction.

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Brian Tiffany
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Good rainy day hike with very few on the trail.

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KEN SENG
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SA Bigwang
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Start off - Chatty Flat at 8:45AM, Step counts 850 Way Point - Sturtevant Camp Ground. Arrived 11:30AM @ 14000 steps (to be verified). Depart camp ground @ 12:00 PM. Hogee Junction: arrived 1:45PM @ 21,850 steps. Chatty Flat arrived 3:00 PM @ 29,650 steps.

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Eagle Eyes Morales
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Such a beautiful trail! With the moderate rain and snow we’ve been getting, the hillsides are green with plenty of ferns and moss. In a few weeks (this being the beginning of February), there will be plenty of flower blooms! We arrived around 6:35am on a Saturday morning and the two parking lots were already full! We managed to find a spot close to the trailhead. There were TONS of people, even this early. However, as we reached the Sturtevant Falls area, and began our ascent, the crowds completely thinned out. The creeks and falls were full. Plenty of California bay laurel trees, toyon and manzanita bushes, and canyon oaks. Plenty of shade for most of the trail. Some portions along the trail, fallen trees have cleared. Trails are well maintained. There were a few spots where we had to be careful as the trail was super narrow, but easy to manage. Be careful, nonetheless. Once we neared Mt Zion peak, there were bugs. However, our spirits were not dampened, as we were surrounded by such beauty! The trail is rated as hard, but I would rate it as more moderate.

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