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Mount Zion via Sturtevant and Lower Winter Creek Trail Loop

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Mount Zion via Sturtevant and Lower Winter Creek Trail Loop is a 8.4 mile moderately 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 best used from April until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 8.4 miles Elevation Gain: 2,306 feet Route Type: Loop

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In this scenic loop trip from Chantry flat, you'll climb by way of the Gabrielino Trail to Sturtevant Camp, and return by way of the Mt. Zion and Lower 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 there 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 Mount Zion trail to Lower Winter Trail.

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2 months ago

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4 months ago

This trail is still my favorite in SoCal. Tons of trees, water and cabins. The light through the foliage in the afternoon is amazing. Still tons of bugs, poison oak in places, and overgrown in places near Mt Zion. My Zion offers little in terms of views. If you love trees and water and you want to hike for 3+ hours - this is for you. It took me about 3 but if you take the Hoagees camp down it is even better (more trees and water) but another 30+ minutes. I go late afternoon during the week to avoid crowds. Keep in mind gates close at 8 p.m. I go counter clockwise.

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5 months ago

Phone read 9.11m in 2:53:01 with 2499ft of gain. I did out and back via Hoegee Camp side and parked half mile from trail head. There was a mama bear and two cubs getting into campers food at Hoegee because the ding dongs left it on the picnic table all night. Trail follows winter creek and is beautiful and entirely shaded to Hoegee. From Hoegee to Zion is overgrown and in full sun.

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7 months ago

Loved this trail. Need to go back when it’s not as foggy t actually see the views. The trail rating is a little soft - the hardest part of the trail is the half mile up the asphalt at the end. If you have extra miles in you and hate walking on asphalt, there’s a little side trail that keeps you on dirt and joins up with the trail again where the loop splits off.

7 months ago

Beautiful hike with some stunning views and at the the gorgeous waterfall. I would rate the hike overall at moderate with some strenuous parts in between (steady incline up to Mt. Zion). Most of the trail is in the shade, which helps a lot. Everything is very lush and green currently. Which also means lots of poison oak and tons of people on the weekend.

Great short hike to the falls, but very crowded on a Sunday. There are several smaller waterfalls along the way but they’re all man-made and look the same. The big falls are pretty epic, but definitely a crowd on the weekends. We continued up the trail to Mt Zion peak and down the other side of the valley. Great workout but pretty lame views from the summit of Zion and definitely a few sketchy parts of the trail. Trail is very narrow and next to drops of anywhere from 25’ to several hundred feet or more. We were fine but people that get vertigo easily should be aware. Views from the summit honestly not worth it compared to so many other hikes in the area. Good exercise though! A LOT of water crossings to do the full loop. Total of 12 miles to the falls, then up to Mt Zion and down the other side of valley.

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9 months ago

Beautiful hike, very lush at this time of year with lots of water flowing and wild flowers. You do have to cross the stream about 10 times which can be challenging now with all the water but is also very fun and adds another dimension to the hike.

Sun Sep 30 2018

I enjoyed this trail on Saturday with 2 friends and their dog. We arrived at 08:30 and the parking was already full, except for the paid parking at the Pack Station. The fee is $20 currently and you can pay with credit card. To me it was worth it instead of trying to find a small outcrop along the road a mile or more down to park. The beginning and end is along a 3/4 mile steep paved road, so be ready for that at the finish. I recommend doing the trail in a counter-clockwise direction. You can enjoy a more gradual climb to Sturtevant Camp and Mt. Zion and in the shade.

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Sun Jul 15 2018

Beautiful, hike down to a stunning waterfall and stream- we normally hike down with lunch and swim and then hike back. The hike normally takes the better half of the day. Keep in mind there are no bathrooms on the trail but plenty of secluded areas to “g” in nature. Also, Peking gets very full so I recommend going early in the morning

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