Santa Anita Canyon Loop

Sierra Madre, California 91024

Santa Anita Canyon Loop

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"In the lush, shady recesses of Santa Anita Canyon and its tributary, Winter Creek, you can easily lose all sight and sense of the hundreds of square miles of dense metropolis and the millions of people that lie just over the ridge to the south."

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Day Hiking Los Angeles (The Mountaineers Books)
Casey Schreiner
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"Hands down one of the must-do hikes in the Los Angeles area, Santa Anita Canyon is steeped in equal amounts of fascinating human history and spellbinding natural beauty. This “highlight reel” of the region passes one of the few active pack mule stations left in the country, dozens of historic private cabins, one of L.A.’s most beautiful year-round waterfalls, the last remaining wilderness resort from the region’s Great Hiking Era, and the oldest existing Forest Service structure still in its original location." Read more

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10/1/2016
easy hike if you are conditioned. winter start any time. summer do it early because things get very hot. bring lots of water/ hydration. and extra calories. heavily used. great views from the top. some of the best conditioned folks in SO.CAL. use this to condition.
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7/23/2010
nice trail. A lot of shade and water everywhere. Ranger named Chris is very friendly. Would come back again.
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3/14/2008
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.
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1/6/2008
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.
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9/3/2007
This is a great short local trip. The trail was well maintained and provided lots of lush wooded forest you just don't see in other parts of the San Gabriels. The two campsites (Sprucegrove & Hogee)have multiple tables firepits and even bathroom facilities, although fires are totally prohibited. Seriously, don't even think about lighting a campfire, there are signs everywhere. The water levels in the stream are really low but there's plenty for your camping needs. There are lots of old cabins along the trail some of which are inhabited which made this trail a little too domesticated for my liking but I still had a good time. I liked the tall spruce and birch trees that almost totally blocked out the sun. It made me feel like I was in Costa Rica. This would be a great first time trip for the kids and I plan to bring my 14 year old daughter back in the fall. I gave this trip four stars because of the beautiful green scenery and the fact that this is the greenest part of the San Gabriels. However if your looking for remote wilderness this might not be your best bet. Watch out for the falling acorns!
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11/25/2006
This trail was very easy going. The rise and fall of the elevation was not difficult and the overall weather condition was nice. Mount Zion is a nice peek but the trouble is that there is basically no view from the summit. That was a bummer. There is a beautiful waterfall at Sturtevant Falls. Hoegee’s campground is peaceful but rather busy as it is a half way point for the trail and all the day hikers and bikers and passers through. The travel we took actually got us 11.1 miles in distance. This was a great way to finish out the year for the TrailBlazers. For more info on our adventures got to www.socaltrailblazers.com
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10/28/2006
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. Kathy, Brea
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4/29/2006
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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7/19/2004
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5/1/2004
This is a great trail for sunny warm/hot days. (I hiked it on a day the temps climbed into the low 90's.) About 3/4 of the trail is in the shade. Almost half the trail follows winter creek. There was a nice breeze down near the creek. The side trail to the summit of Mt. Zion is not worth the bush wacking. Also, expect some bush wacking, on the main trail, for about a mile an a half after the Mt Zion cut off. The only wild life I saw on this day was 2 snakes, one of which was a small rattle snake. The trail is well maintained, there are some nice grades up and down, and there are some nice views after Mt. Zion. Overall, great day hike.
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Trail Information

Sierra Madre
Nearby City
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
9
Distance
2,300 feet
Elevation Gain
Loop/Lollipop
Trail Type
Moderate
Skill Level
5 hours
Duration
October–June
Season
Waterfalls
Features
San Gabriel Mountains
Local Contacts
USGS 7.5-minute Mount Wilson
Local Maps

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Dec 2018