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Hoegee Loop is a shaded and reasonably easy loop hike from Chantry Flats in the San Gabriel Mountains. There will be several stream crossings with a bit of rock hopping. The stream is presently at a very low level and everyone should have no difficulty crossing it and staying dry. The trail includes the very gentle flowing stream, historical cabins dating from the early 1900’s and some spectacular views of the forest and city below. The majority of this hike is shaded under the forest canopy.
This is an advance beginner/intermediate hike of approximately 5 miles and about 1,100 feet of elevation gain. The hike starts as a reverse hike as we descend down the service road (.6 of a mile) then turn left after the bridge crossing and go up the Lower Winter Creek trail to the Hoegee Campground. We will take a short snack break before continuing up Upper Winter Creek trail. The hike terminates just above the picnic area and parking lot at Chantry.
Chantry Flats parking requires an Adventure Pass (http://www.fs.fed.us/r5/sanbernardino/ap/vendors.php). Daily pass can be purchased for $5.00 or yearly is $30.00. Please do not wait until the last minute to obtain one. Daily passes are sold at the Pack Station at Chantry. Passes can also be obtained at REI, Sports Chalet, Big 5 as well as local businesses close to the hike. I have two extra parking passes which I can loan out. Please contact me to reserve one.
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 Ave in El Monte and head north 10.6 miles to Chantry Flat.
From the I-210 exit it is approximately 4.7 miles to Chantry Flats (of which 3 miles are up the winding road).
The service road gate is visible to your right as you enter the parking lot. Santa Anita Ave ends in the Chantry Flat Parking lot.
Please allow yourself sufficient time to make the drive up and find parking. The hike begins promptly at the time indicated.
The hike should be completed in approximately 3 hours or less. 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.
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.
3. Sunscreen and mosquito repellent are advisable.
4. Shoes – hiking boots/shoes or a good pair of athletic shoes will suffice.
5. Camera and a hat/cap.
Socialized dogs are welcome on this hike and are officially required to be on leash. Hikers intending to bring a dog should familiarize themselves with the weather conditions to avoid injury to their dogs.
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.