101 Hikes in Southern California: Exploring Mountains, Seashore and Desert
by Jerry Schad and David Money Harris (Wilderness Press)
© 2013 Jerry Schad and David Money Harris/Wilderness Press. All Rights Reserved.
A lot of shade and water everywhere.
Ranger named Chris is very friendly.
Would come back again.
Very pretty trail with lots of water. I would however, recommend doing this in the middle of the week. The weekend is extremely busy. It was so crowded that on the second night at Spruce Grove Campground, late coming overnighters could not find a spot to put their tents! Not exactly a wilderness experience. The word has gotten out. If it wasn't such a nice hike with a beautiful stream, I would not go back.
Umm, for all I know, this trail is great. However, the road up to Chantry Flats was closed (01-06-2008) due to partial washout! Make sure you check with the ranger prior to heading up.
This trail was excellent-we picked the perfect time of yeart to go. The leaves had just changed color and were falling off on the trail. the views of the trees and mountains were great. The waterfalls were beautiful. The trails were well marked. The only disappointing part was Mt. Zion and the decent from there. It was walking through tree branches for most of the time and you had to watch your step closely.
The road from the end of Santa Anita Ave to Chantry Flat is closed to the public due to washouts, so we started out with a very scenic pavement slog of about 3 miles before getting to the trailhead. We went on to Sturtevant Falls which was quite pretty, but quite a bit short of our plans for Sturtevant Camp. One of the locals thought the road might be open by the Fourth of July. It was odd to have a paved two-lane highway to ourselves for 3 miles - like something out of a holocaust flick. The cyclists were loving it!
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