Winter Creek Santa Anita Canyon Hoegee's Campground Loop

MODERATE 491 reviews
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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.

4.7 miles
1384 feet

dog friendly

kid friendly




mountain biking

nature trips

road biking


horseback riding





wild flowers





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.

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Parking is limited (as it gets very crowded later on in the morning/day). There are multiple hiking trails so it can be difficult to remain on the path you originally started on, maps don't really help too much. This app was a life saver! Overall, it was a beautiful walk through nature and plenty of shade/vegetation.

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Spectacular scenery! I would rate this on the easier end of moderate. If you don't fair well in the sun this hike is for you. The weather is perfectly overcast today so the bed of the mountain was nice and cool. I went clockwise, there's a quick segment of paved road, then about two miles of narrow path alongside the mountain, and lastly the descent into the forest where you'll be accompanied by the creek the entire rest of the way. You'll cross many streams but they are all easy, same goes for the rocky terrain. It's Tuesday and I arrived around 8:30am. By 11:30 the parking lot had already started to get full. I would imagine this is a place to avoid during the weekend. There's so many other trails in this vicinity so I'll be back for those.

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I love this trail. it felt more on the easy side for me but was a ton of fun. awesome views, the water felt great on my feet. great times!

16 days ago

Took the first waterfall trail down the trail. Probably a mile or so to the waterfall. There is a cabin down there with a few buildings. The trail is quite narrow with a steep fall to one side. Be careful.

22 days ago

Wish I got a picture of the baby bear I saw. Luckily momma didn't present herself.

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