Soldier Creek Trail is a 0.4 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Azusa, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

0.4 miles
45 feet
Out & Back

dog friendly



nature trips




wild flowers


Directions from Azusa, CA: Travel San Gabriel Canyon Road 25 miles north to the Crystal Lake Recreation Area.

3 months ago

Park in turnout and enter through white gate. This used to be a cabin/campground that was burned down. Appears some camp here still. There is not really a trail left or visible way to find the trails as marked on the map. Area is being reclaimed by nature. Still a neat place to get out, stretch your legs & have a look around. There is a creek but it's been dry for about 6 years due to drought conditions. Adventure pass required to park on road.

Monday, June 26, 2017

After looking at the uploaded photos and reading the reviews, I think some people must have this one mixed with the Lewis Falls trail close by. This place isn't soldier creek and doesn't even have any water running through it. The "trailhead" starts at the front gate. Attempts to read its signage is impossible, it's been washed out.

Area is interesting, it kind of looked like a camping ground with some make shift fire pits and a dumpster that was kicked on its side. There's remanants of demolished buildings and charcoal here and there.

Since there's only this one map and no other recording, I can say I followed it to nothing at all. There's one abandoned hut on the trail which was a lackluster to explore. So many old rusty metal scraps and cans. I did spot a lone buck and we found each other locked in a competitive staring contest several times throughout the trail.

I tried continuing but didn't see anything else of interest. Oh well!

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Worth it a lot

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

it was a bit hot on memorial day. around 26oC up here, while about 33oC down below in the suburbs.
biggest pines we ever seen. no people, trail is not marked, no cell signal, make sure to download the map in advance. some shadow. nice plants, reasonably wild. plus leftovers of old buildings and rusty junk. pretty flat trail, no climbing possible.

Saturday, April 09, 2016

One of my favorite hikes to escape the crowds. As of right now, the road to get here is closed due to mudslides.

Monday, September 28, 2015

Alot of bugs so be sure to put on bug spray. it was a short but great hike in the woods. oh and be prepared to drive 23miles up the mountain that was the best part.

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Awesome trail in the woods below the Crystal Lake Store. Narrow in places with steep drops, I would not recommend this hike for small children. About 2/3rds of the way through the hike, you'll come to a nice stream. Hike back up to the road gets a bit steep but makes for a great workout. Definitely one of my favorite hikes.

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