Big Santa Anita Loop Mt Zion Loop Backpacking

Arcadia, California

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In the lush and shady recesses of the Front Range of the San Gabriel Mountains you can easily lose all sight and sense of the hundreds of square miles of dense metropolis, and the millions of Angelenos, that lie just over the ridge to the south. With easy access from the San Gabriel Valley by city street and mountain road, you can be laying bootprints down a fern-lined path less than half an hour after leaving the freeway traffic behind.
Backpacking California: Mountain, Foothill, Coastal, & Desert Adventures in the Golden State

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Backpacking California: Mountain, Foothill, Coastal, & Desert Adventures in the Golden State

by Author varies by trail (Wilderness Press)

In the lush and shady recesses of the Front Range of the San Gabriel Mountains you can easily lose all sight and sense of the hundreds of square miles of dense metropolis, and the millions of Angelenos, that lie just over the ridge to the south.

With easy access from the San Gabriel Valley by city street and mountain road, you can be laying bootprints down a fern-lined path less than half an hour after leaving the freeway traffic behind.

© 2008 Author varies by trail/Wilderness Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Arcadia
Distance: 9.4
Elevation Gain: 2,100 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 2 days
Season: Best fall, winter, and spring
Local Contacts: Angeles National Forest - permit required
Local Maps: USGS 7.5-min Mount Wilson
Topo Map: Big Santa Anita Loop (Mt. Zion Loop) (Backpacking) Topographic Map
Guide Book: Backpacking California: Mountain, Foothill, Coastal, & Desert Adventures in the Golden State Guide Book
Driving Directions: View Directions
Trail Directions: View Guide

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Recent Trail Reviews

6/30/2012

Long, Hard Hike, But Worth It. It Took Our Group Much, Much Longer to Complete the Loop. 8 Hours! No Time to Relax. No Time for Putting Our Feet in the Water. No Time to Stop at the Falls! Enjoyed the Workout but.... Too Much for Some of the Less Experienced People in My Group. Next Time We Will Go Up to Spruce Grove and Back at Max. I Want to Stay at Camp Sturtevant Overnight, Then Continue the Loop the Next Day. It Would Be Much More Enjoyable and We Would be Supporting the Last Camp Left. Camp Sturtevant is Hurting Real Bad for Funds to Stay Open. It May Very Well Be Closed in the Near Future.

2/21/2011

We were lucky to get out on the trail early on Monday of President's Day weekend. We started hiking just after 8:00 AM in 40 F air, but it was worth it because by the time we wrapped up around noon there were no spots anywhere to park. It's a great trail with ample shade in the morning and if you do the loop counter-clockwise (as the guide recommends), the most of your climbs are in shade. Snow on the ground for most of it after some weekend weather, but nothing that really slowed us down. The huts along the way are unique and interesting and the river was flowing steady in mid-February. I recommend it, but watch out for the crowds, especially near the waterfalls.

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