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Lower Winter Creek Trail #11W15

Easy/Intermediate

Trail

1.6 mile 2.6 kilometer point to point
75% Runnable
Easy/Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 884' 270 m
Descent: -40' -12 m
High: 2,645' 806 m
Low: 1,801' 549 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 11% (6°)
Max Grade: 41% (22°)

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Trail shared by John McKinney

A shady trail following Winter Creek.

John McKinney

Features Fall Colors · River/Creek · Wildlife

Need to Know

Adventure Pass required to park at Chantry Flat. Lot fills early on weekends.

Description

To reach the trail, take the Gabrielino Trail (NRT) 11W14 down the paved road from Chantry Flat to the bridge over Winter Creek. The trail starts near the vault toilet (left turn) and heads west following Winter Creek upstream. The trail is well shaded with oak, alder, willow, and bay trees and passes several early 20th century cabins. At 1.4 miles it reaches Hoegees Trail Camp which has tables, stoves and vault toilets. It is popular overnight destination for scouts and small groups. The trail climbs a short distance and intersects the Zion Trail #11W17. Continue left and the trail crosses the stream and ends at the junction of the Upper Winter Creek Trail #11W23 and Winter Creek Trail #11W20.

This trail can be combined with the Upper Winter Creek Trail #11W23 or Zion Trail #11W17 for various loop opportunities.

Thanks to John McKinney, The Trailmaster, for sharing this trail description. To learn more about trails in California, check out his guides at The Trailmaster Store.

Flora & Fauna

Oak, alder, willow, bay, maple trees. Deer, rabbits, and birds are common.

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Smooth section of trail along the Lower Winter Creek Trail section of the ride below Hoegee's Camp.  More extensive technical sections are found in the canyon bottom due to the rocks, creek crossings, and switchbacks.
Aug 9, 2017 near Sierra…, CA
Foot bridge at Robert's Camp. Cross the bridge or head through the creek and start the climb up the paved fireroad to the Chantry Flat parking lot.
Aug 9, 2017 near Sierra…, CA

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