Winter Creek Santa Anita Canyon Hoegee's Campground Loop

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Winter Creek Santa Anita Canyon Hoegee's Campground Loop is a 4.7 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Sierra Madre, California that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from January until September. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
4.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1069 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dog friendly

kid friendly

birding

camping

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

road biking

trail running

walking

horseback riding

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

muddy

rocky

Lush, shady woods with a 50 foot high Sturtevant Falls and nice camp grounds. 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. Canyon has limited parking. The 3 lots all fill up early in the morning on weekends, although on weekdays there is usually a lot of space available. In case you find the lots completely filled, parking is allowed on the road, but each car MUST be entirely behind the white lane or it will be ticketed by the Forest Service, or towed if it blocks the road. Each car must also display a Forest Service Adventure Pass or it will be ticketed, whether it's on the road or in one of the lots. There is often parking available at the pack station for a $5.00 fee, and an Adventure Pass is not required to park there.

Love the trail just make sure to go in the morning because the sun goes over the mountains around 1

hiking
20 days ago

Good little hike. 1000 feet of elevation. Cool temps. 90% shade. Just over two hours starting from the top of the paved road.

1 month ago

Beautiful during autumn!

1 month ago

Did this hike on a Monday, so had none of the parking problems of other reviewers. You can put $5 in an envelope and park at the Pack Station parking lot (beyond regular one) if you don't have an Adventure Pass.
The Lower and Upper Winter Trails make for a spectacular hike: you feel as though you are deep in the forest, yet you're not far from civilization. The many old cabins and lodges dotted throughout add to the atmosphere. The incline is steady but not overly challenging. As another reviewer points out, the Upper Winter Trail is narrow in parts with a fairly steep drop off, but I'm afraid of heights and it didn't ruin my experience. I'm recovering from a knee surgery and didn't find it too hard on my knees, either. I saw about 6 or 7 hikers on the trail, max. No bikes. A brilliant place to get some peace and quiet.

hiking
1 month ago

Awesome spot. Come early to beat the crowds otherwise parking goes quick

1 month ago

You need to purchase a parking pass and the lot was full up. Nice moderate hike with lots of shade

hiking
2 months ago

Great day hike! Suggest to go early to avoid crowds and find good parking.

hiking
2 months ago

super fun beautiful view lots of animals

backpacking
2 months ago

Hiked the first 3 miles of the loop to Hoegee's camp (awesome lil camp area) for a one night stay with my pup & finished the last 1.7 miles the next morning to complete this trail. Had fair amount of animal activity/movement at night, thankful to find our food bag in tact in the AM! Awesome place to stay overnight, minimal water at the moment, down to a few streams.

hiking
2 months ago

mountain biking
2 months ago

Nice flow for mtb, but too many hikers on the path

2 months ago

Loved it. The way back loop is a little light on foot space so be careful walking along the edges. Lots of nice polite hikers coming through and beautiful views. Wear good shoes :)

hiking
5 months ago

there's a good amount of shade, so it's awesome for a mid-summer hike. add on a side trip to sturtevant falls to go a bit longer. chantry flats area can get pretty crowded, so it may be better not to go on a saturday like we did.

5 months ago

I will definitely come back here. Love this trail! Shady & relaxing

5 months ago

I will definitely come back here. Love this trail! Shady & relaxing

5 months ago

I will definitely come back here. Love this trail! Shady & relaxing

5 months ago

I will definitely come back here. Love this trail. Shady & relaxing

hiking
5 months ago

City slicker hike. Short and to the point. Good for people wanting to take their kids or not used to hiking. Nice little jaunt through the woods with a small falls at the end. Very crowded and parking is a nightmare.

hiking
6 months ago

This trail is soooo beautiful, I loved it. We got onto this trail by accident because we had originally come for sturtevent Falls, but we're exploring this trail and just kept walking. It was so green and perfect, one of my favorite so far!

hiking
6 months ago

Saturday 6/10/17: Hoagee Campground​ clockwise: Upper Winter Creek Trail then Lower Creek Trail. Parked 5.45am, lot half full. 2 hours total ~ 5miles. Easy-to-moderate. Upper Winter Creek Trail - empty, Lower Winter Creek Trail - moderate traffic. Nice foggy June gloom weather with decent water in stream. Will try to do it counter clockwise next time and see which feels better but today was relatively easy except for final workout climb up asphalt road to the parking area.
Other reviews detail different trails (Mt Zion loop, Sturtevant Falls, etc). This review is strictly for what I've listed above.

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