Past Meetup

"Hot 4th of July Weekend Hike at Cool Chantry Flats" Intermediate +

Hosted by HikingOC (Meet to Hike in Orange County & Travel the World)

Public group

This Meetup is past

21 people went


WHO SHOULD COME: This is suitable for Intermediate+ hikers,This hike can be strenuous due to distance, pace, total elevation gain/loss, uneven terrain, wet conditions, stream crossings, etc. Please reconsider signing up if you are uncomfortable hiking on uneven terrain without trails. Inexperienced hikers will find this hike very difficult. Please Select hikes/events at your ability level or below.

Please arrive by 6:45 AM for instructions and introductions and to avoid parking down the hill. We will hit the trail at 7:00 am Sharp!

Each vehicle needs an Adventure Pass to park here. If you do not already have an annual pass, you can purchase one (or a day pass) at REI and other sporting goods stores for $5.00

Distance: 10-12 miles round trip

Elevation: 2,100" g/l

Hike Time: 6 hours

Level: Intermediate +


From the Chantry Flat parking area we'll hike down the Paved Road to the Hermit Falls trail down for a short stop to view 20' waterfall. From there we will take the Hermit Falls trail up to the First Water trail up passing through Roberts Camp, Fern Lodge, leading to the 50' Sturtevant Waterfall. Then we'll continue uphill on the Gabrielino Trail passing through Spruce Grove & up to Sturtevant Camp to stop for a snack, Then we'll head down the Zion trail with a short side trip to Mt. Zion Peak (3,575'). After Mt. Zion we'll drop down to Hoegee's Camp then head back down on the Upper Winter Creek trail back to Chantry Flats parking lot. Plan on returning to the parking lot around 2 PM.

This is one of my favorite Southern California hiking spots. Lots of shade, streams, pools of water and stream crossings. And I know you'll love it too!!!

What to Bring:

Bring your ten hiking essentials, two liters of water, lunch, snacks and layers of clothing (hat, gloves are not a bad idea, either!). The weather can range from cool to warm depending on the time of day and if you get wet while crossing streams. You might also consider trekking poles for balance while rock hopping.


Take the 210 west to Arcadia, follow Santa Anita Avenue north. Continue to the edge of the city, pass a sturdy gate and drive up a winding road to the end and you will be in the Chantry Flats parking area. In case you find the lots completely filled, parking is allowed on the road, but each car MUST be entirely behind the white lane or it will be ticketed by the Forest Service, or towed if it blocks the road. Remember to display your Forest Service Adventure Pass or it will be ticketed, whether it's on the road or in one of the parking lots.


I highly recommend carpooling, Plan carpools and meeting points accordingly. Post a comment on this page, exchange e-mails, etc. letting others know if you need a ride or can drive, and a convenient place/time to meet. The Orange Park 'n Ride is one possibility and located at E. Lincoln Ave & N. Tustin St. across from Von's shopping plaza in Orange, CA.

DRIVING DIRECTIONS to the Orange Park & Ride:

Traveling NORTH on the 55, exit Lincoln Ave. West. Make 2 lefts, go under the freeway and take another left onto Tustin Ave.You'll need to make a U-Turn to get to this side of the street
Traveling SOUTH on the 55, exit Lincoln and make a left on Tustin. The Park & Ride will be on your left hand side.
You'll need to make a U-Turn to get to this side of the street.


***By joining the meetup, you agree to Meetup Terms of Service releases the Organizer and Assistant Organizers from any liability related to incidents that occur at Meetup gatherings*** > YOU acknowledge THAT WE ARE NOT PROFESSIONALS. > YOU ASSUME RESPONSIBILITY FOR YOURSELF AND YOUR SAFETY Hiking is a rewarding and pleasant activity in nature, but there are certain dangers you should be aware of. Those include, but are not limited to, trip and fall injuries, bee stings, poison oak exposure, ticks, mountain lions, coyotes, snake bites or wildlife. By signing up for this event, you agree to hold harmless the hike organizer, assistant organizers and other participants for any injuries sustained during this hike***