Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Chantry Flats/ Winter Creek Loop (overnight)


Photos: To view all of the pictures from this hike click here to go to the photo gallery.
Videos: To view the videos from this hike click here to go to YouTube.

Date:
March 5&6, 2012

Nearby City:
Sierra Madre, CA

Driving Directions:
From the 210 East Exit Santa Anita Ave toward Arcadia. (West: Exit Santa Anita Ave and make a Right onto North Santa Anita Ave.) Make a Left onto North Santa Anita Ave and continue onto Chantry Flats Rd. Follow this road all the way up into the mountains till it dead ends at Chantry Flats parking area.

Hours:
Sunrise to sunset (camping is allowed only at designated camp sites)

Difficulty:
Easy- Moderate

Why?
There is minor to strenuous elevation gain on sections of the trail, other than that this trail is very easy.

Seasons:
Year around, always make sure to check weather conditions where you will be hiking. The best time to view the falls would be after a good rain.

Parking/ Entrance Fee:
An adventure pass is needed to park at the Chantry Flats parking area. They can be bought online here or find a location near the trailhead here.

Cell Service:
T-Mobile- None

Trails:
In this area there are tons of trails leading in all directions and most link to other trails and those link to other trails and so on. Here is a site I found that made the most since and has all the trail names, miles, and a map. Trails from Chantry Flats. The list of trails below are the trails taken on our trip, in order.

Chantry Flats (start)
Sturtevant Falls Trail
Top of Falls on Lower Falls Trail
Falling sign Jct
Cascade Picnic Area
Spruce Grove Campground
Sturtevant Jct
Camp Sturtevant (Fill Water bottle here)
Zion Jct.
Mt. Zion Trail
Upper Winter Creek
Hoegee's Camp
Chantry Flats (End)

Trail Condition:
The trail is in excellent condition, its very well maintained and there are plenty of signs so it is very hard to get lost.

Trail Directions:
From the parking area at Chantry Flats head down the steep paved road past a sign with trails and miles on it. Continue down past Hermit Falls junction till the paved road ends and the dirt trail begins. Cross the bridge and follow the trail to the right. Soon there will be a sign for Top of Falls/ Lower Falls Trail, continue past to get to Sturtevant Falls then back track back to this sign. Take Top of Falls/ Lower Falls Trail to the Falling sign junction and from there continue on to Cascade Picnic Area. After a short rest at the lunch table continue to follow the trail up past a bathroom to Spruce Grove Campground.

If you are camping, here is where you set up camp, there are shovels and water buckets behind one of the two bathrooms at the camp.To refill your water bottles take the trial through camp up a very short distance to Sturtevant Camp, at the mess hall there is a water fountain.

Hike through camp up the trail past Camp Sturtevant to the Mt. Zion junction. Here you can take the Mt. Zion trail to the top of Mt. Zion or continue on to Hoegees's Camp. Take the upper Winter Creek trail to Hoegee's Camp and from there continue on back to Chantry Flats.

Other Activities:
Mountain Bike
Hike
Walk
Waterfalls
Backpacking
Camping

Links:
Facebook (photos)
YouTube (Videos)
Etsy (Store)
Adventure Pass
Weather.com
Maps

Jessie's Thoughts:
This is a great hike, if you are taking the family to one of two waterfalls or hiking in a camping over night, the whole area offers all kinds of trails with various difficulties to choose from.

Map:

View Jessie's Trails in a larger map

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