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Upper Winter Creek Trail #11W23

Intermediate

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2.2 mile 3.5 kilometer point to point
85% Runnable
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 551' 168 m
Descent: -225' -69 m
High: 2,859' 871 m
Low: 2,354' 718 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 7% (4°)
Max Grade: 20% (11°)

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Trail shared by Alan Coles

The high trail connecting Chantry Flat with the Winter Creek Trail #11W20.

Alan Coles

Features Fall Colors · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Need to Know

An Adventure Pass is required to park at Chantry Flat. The lot fills early on weekends.

Description

To reach the trail, follow the paved road up past the picnic area and around the water tank. The signed trail starts at a bend in the road where it turns south. It gently starts climbing in an area shaded by oaks and bay trees and crosses a seasonal stream. Then it climbs up into open chaparral of laurel sumac, manzanita, and ceanothus, offering views back down the canyon and of the parking area at Chantry Flat. In half a mile it levels off and contours around the side of the mountain going in and out of areas shaded by oak and bay trees. There are some rare groves of madrone trees about midway. Watch for their polished light brown branches.

As the trail approaches Winter Creek, it turns west and begins a descent along a shady section of trail. It ends at a junction with the Lower Winter Creek Trail and the Winter Creek Trail near some cabins.

A popular loop can be made when combined with the Lower Winter Creek Trail. Hoegees Trail Camp is about 0.1 miles below the trail junction and is a popular destination for scouts and small groups.

Flora & Fauna

Oak, bay, maple, and bigcone spruce trees provide shade. You'll find a rare grove of madrone trees. Beautiful areas of monkeyflowers grow here, which usually bloom in late April and May. Watch for poison oak and rattlesnakes.

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Light at the end of the tunnel.
Mar 13, 2019 near Sierra…, CA

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