“This is a nice trail for making interesting loops in Santa Anita Canyon.”
— Alan Coles
Spring · Views · Wildflowers
An Adventure Pass is required for parking at Chantry Flat.
The Zion Trail connects the Sturtevant Trail near Sturtevant Camp to the Upper Winter Creek Trail #11W23
near Hoegees Camp. The trail climbs gently from Santa Anita Canyon to pass under a shady canopy of oak, bigcone spruce and bay trees. Eventually, the trail reaches a saddle in about 1 mile. There is a short spur trail leading to the summit with nice views of the canyon and Mt. Wilson.
The trail descends steeply on a south-facing slope of mixed chaparral species. The monkeyflowers can be spectacular in spring. It then drops down to Winter Creek while passing under shady bay trees ending at a junction with the Lower Winter Creek Trail #11W15
. It is possible to return to Chantry Flat by taking either the Upper Winter Creek Trail #11W23
(right turn) or the Lower Winter Creek Trail #11W15
(left turn) . It makes a great loop run when combined with the Gabrielino Trail (NRT) 11W14
from Chantry Flat.
Flora & Fauna
Oaks, bigcone spruce, and bay trees grow here. You'll find nice monkeyflowers in late spring. Beware of poison oak!