Past Meetup

Big Santa Anita Canyon - Sturtevant Falls, Mt Zion

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Organizer: Rick Sarpolus

Location: Chantry Flats Trail Head **Adventure Pass Required**

Hike difficulty: Level 7/10

Distance: 12 miles

Elevation gain: 2500'

Time: 6-7 hours

Trail condition: mostly single file trail, plentiful shade

Water: Minimum 3 liters (If you bring less than this amount, you will be in big trouble.)

Guest: no

Dog: no

Toilette: At trailhead

Liability Wavier: Required to RSVP. This is the link. (

Weather report:

Carpool: Please sign up here. (

Adventure Pass: Parking lot - yes

Street parking – no


What to bring: hat, sunscreen, energy bar, lunch, snacks, water, hiking poles, hiking shoes and the usual stuff.

Direction: From the Foothill Freeway (I-210) take the Santa Anita Avenue exit and head north. Pass through the residential neighborhood to the foot of the mountains, continue another 3 miles where Santa Anita will dead end into the Chantry Flats parking lot.

Parking: Adventure Pass is required, either Daily or Monthly passes can be picked up at any REI or Big 5. Passes can be purchased at the Ranger Station if they are available. Parking at Chantry Flat can be difficult at times. For those interested in Car Pooling, see sign up sheet below. There is a REI a few blocks Plenty of parking, if parking is full, extra parking is off to the side near the beginning of parking lot, look for access road.


Please Chip In:

US Hiking is a social group for hikers. Our events are organized like house parties. Like a regular house party, it costs money to host one. It is customary for guests to help out any way they can to lessen burden on the host. That is the same for hikes. You can bring food, provide carpool or chip in to help out.

Suggested Event Contribution: $ 7 (Chip in link) (


Trail description:

Our intended trails will be the Gabrielino Trail to Sturtevant Camp, returning to Chantry Flat on the Mt Zion Trail and Upper Winter Creek Trail. Total climb is about 2500 feet.


Venue Overview:

TRAIL: #43 in John W Robinson’s “100 Hikes” book

Santa Anita Canyon forms the deep drainage ringed by Mt Wilson on the west and Monrovia Peak on the east, and has always served Angelenos as a cool and shady refuge for recreation. Starting at Chantry Flat, this 12-mile hike will visit a number of interesting and historic places: 50’ Sturtevant Falls, Spruce Grove, Sturtevant Camp, Mount Zion, and Hoegees Camp. This is a beautiful loop hike passing across chaparral coated hillsides with expansive views, through lush conifer forest and streamside woodland, and alongside bubbling creeks, fully sampling the grandeur of the Big Santa Anita watershed.

Wilbur Sturtevant, known as “Sturdy” to his friends, built his trail from Sierra Madre over the ridge of Big Santa Anita Canyon, and then along the west slope to his resort camp in 1896. For decades, the famous Sturtevant Trail felt the trod of many boots and the joyous voices of legions of hikers bound for the delights of Big Santa Anita and its many hostelries of the Great Hiking Era. One who hiked the Sturtevant Trail fell in love with alder-and-fern lined Winter Creek was Arie Hoegee, who built his resort camp there in 1908. For three decades it was a favorite destination for hikers. The rustic buildings are long gone, but the US Forest Service has made the little streamside glen into Hoegees Trail Camp, with stoves and tables. Hoegees has an unusual distinction: in the 24 hour period of January 22-23, 1942, a total of 26.12 inches of rain fell here, establishing a Southern California record that still stands.


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If you have prior medical condition or a family history of illnesses pertaining to heart, lungs, brain, etc. that can be aggravated by heat and physical exertion, this is not the hike for you.

If you have never done a hike of this distance or difficulty before, this hike will be very difficult for you. It may well be your death march. The mountain is not going anywhere. We will schedule this event again in the future. Do it when your mind and body are ready.

Hiking is a recreation, not a suicide mission.

Release of Liability:

The organizer (me) of this trip is a volunteer and is not a professional guide. The function of the organizer is only to organize this trip. Each person who signs up for a trip/hike/or outing is responsible for his or her own safety and the safety of his or her guests.

By signing up for this trip, or any other event organized by me, you are acknowledging that you are aware and have made your guests aware of the risks, dangers and hazards associated with any outdoor activity and freely accept and fully assume all such risks, dangers and hazards, and further agree to release and discharge the organizer (me) of this hike from and against any and all liability arising from your and your guest's participation in the group activities.

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