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Zion Loop Hike is approximately a 9.5-mile hike with 2,000 feet of elevation gain. This hike is for intermediates and above. The hike crosses the stream in several places. Presently the stream is at a low level and is easy to cross without getting wet. The majority of the hike will be though the shaded canopy of the forest. We will break out into unshaded portion of the trail approximately just over a mile before the end of the hike.
This hike has reverse beginning as we will hike down the service road and turn right towards Sturtevant Falls. Just prior to the falls we'll take a left and head up the trail that rises above the falls. There is a nice view of the falls although it is a bit overgrown with foliage.
We will continue on for a couple of miles past the Cascade Picnic Area and Spruce Grove Campground to Sturtevant Camp. The camp was established in 1893 and is presently owned my the Methodist Church. We will take a break at Sturtevant Camp, top off water if necessary at the drinking fountain and have a snack break.
We will then continue the 30 minute climb to Zion Peak. There are some great views at Zion of Mt Wilson and the surrounding area. After a short stop to check the view we will descend down to Winter Creek. We'll take the Upper Winter Creek trail back to the parking lot. The hike terminates just above the picnic area at Chantry Flats. The hike should conclude at approximately 12:00 pm depending on the pace.
Further information on the hike can be gleaned from: http://www.localhikesbeta.com/Hikes/Winter-Creek-Mt-Zion-Loop-2111
On the page toolbar under "route" you can see maps of the actual route of the hike.
The hike can be reached from either I-210 or I-10 and both have a Santa Anita exit. From I-10 exit Santa Anita and head north (10.6 miles to Chantry) eventually intersecting I-210 (drivers exiting I-210 will also head north). From the I-210 exit it is approximately 4.7 miles to Chantry Flats (of which 3 miles are up the winding road). Please allow yourself sufficient time to make the drive up and find parking. Weekend parking at Chantry is very busy so my advice is to arrive early. The hike begins promptly at the time indicated.
The hike should be completed in approximately 5 hours. The hike will proceed at a moderate but reasonable pace. Please have some hiking experience or reasonable fitness level under your belt before undertaking this hike. Again I want to remind everyone this is not a beginner hike.
An Adventure Pass is required to park at Chantry Flat. These can be purchased at REI, Sports Chalet, Big 5 and several other locations. I have two extra passes I can loan out. Email me to reserve one.
Items to bring (recommendations):
1. Water or your favorite drink. I encourage you to pack a little extra. It can get warm during the hike which will necessitate a sufficient supply of fluids.
2. Snacks – Hikers are encouraged to bring something to share at our stop at the Sturtevant Camp.
3. Sunscreen and mosquito repellent are advisable.
4. Shoes – hiking boots/shoes or a good pair of athletic shoes will suffice. Please do not show up wearing flip flops or sandals.
5. Camera and a hat/cap.
No dogs on this hike due to the high temperatures!
This hike has a limited amount of attendance/spaces. If you sign up you are expected to attend especially if there is a waiting list. If you sign up and change your mind it takes 15 seconds to change your RSVP (do not wait until the last minute). It is unfair to hikers on the waiting list if you are a no show preventing them from moving up to attend the hike. I keep track of no shows and it may have an impact on future hikes with me. On hikes where I have set no limits on attendance this rule will not apply.
Disclaimer: The Organizer (me) of this hike is not a professional guide. The function of the organizer is only to organize the 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 a hike, 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.