Big Santa Anita 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 to Difficult
Duration: 2 days
Season: Fall, winter, and spring
Local Contacts: Angeles National Forest - permit required
Local Maps: USGS 7.5-min. Mount Wilson
Driving Directions: Directions to Big Santa Anita Loop (Backpacking)

Recent Trail Reviews

2/4/2013
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Great trail and views, weather perfect during this time of year mid 40's at night to high 60's during the day. Only met day hikers no over nighters at both campsites so had the whole place to myself. Easy going as the majority of the trail is shaded and at this time of the year stays nice and cool. Plenty of water (treat before drinking) along the way so never ran dry. In all, a great trip and highly recommended if your in the area.


7/30/2008
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My group did this July 26-27, expecting extraordinary heat and no water in the river. The weather turned out to be perfect, and there was enough water to completely submerge in a couple shallow pools. The environment is a great combination of chaparral and forest. The hike is a SUPER narrow descent into a canyon (never backpacked anything quite like this 1foot-across switchback trail. The campsite in the canyon is wide and open, with a couple of trees for shade. Hiking further down the empty (in late july) river bed becomes a fun and hairy rock hop adventure searching for rock markers set up by previous kind hikers. We never made it to the falls (it was getting late), but the hike was a blast. DO NOT FORGET BUG SPRAY. we got chewed alive. and keep a wary eye for poison oak. There is a ton. These two factors should not dissuade you from the hike. Bring bug spray, make a fire at the campsite pit (smoke keeps skeeters away), and know your poison oak. Definitely plan to do this trail again.


6/28/2008
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THE TRAIL WAS NICE AND HOT. STARED AT 9:15 AM AND WENT WELL PASSED THE CAMP SITE MARKED AT 2.7 MILES. THERE WERE A COUPLE OF PATHS ONE CAN CHOOSE FROM AS WELL. THE TRAIL WAS ALSO VERY NARROW AT POINTS AND I RECOMMEND WEARING PANTS.WE ENDED UP BACK AT THE TRUCK AT AROUND 3:00PM. THE EXPERIANCE WAS AWSOME AND FUN FILLED KNOWING YOU ARE JUST MILES AWAY FROM A MAJOR FREEWAY IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA. WATCH OUT FOR THOSE GNATS, THEY SUCK!


4/12/2008
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Hiked with Wife and Dog on 4-12-08. Trail was in very good shape. Hiked to Campground and back out. Took roughly 4 hours with about 30mins at camp. Very nice with the exception of hot weather in canyon. Worth doing again, but only in cooler weather.


8/25/2007
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This Trail is in bad shape. several spots along the trail down to the camp site need to be recut as the trail has simply decomposed. Poison Oak is, in some places, overgrown and difficult to avoid while walking. the only water left is pools of green stagnant water. the campsite is littered with trash and the trail actually requires bouldering to get down passed the camp site where it almost dead ends into debris piles that are both far from the end and somewhat unsafe to traverse. Not a place to take inexperienced hikers with the current conditions. Aside from the challenges we faced, the are had some beautiful spots and great views coming in and out. more info can be found at www.socaltrailblazers.com



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