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First Water #11W14.B

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This is a trail from Chantry Flat that goes down to the canyon and bypasses the road.


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Map Key

1.0

Miles

1.6

KM

74%

Runnable

2,030' 619 m

High

1,629' 496 m

Low

164' 50 m

Up

405' 123 m

Down

11%

Avg Grade (6°)

48%

Max Grade (26°)

Dogs Leashed

Features River/Creek · Views · Wildflowers

Need to Know

An Adventure Pass is required to park at Chantry Flat. The lot fills early on weekends. Stream crossings can be difficult during high water.

Description

The trail starts 0.2 miles down along Forest Route 2N40—the paved road going down from the lower lot at the switchback on the road. It switchbacks down through open chaparral and oak forest to the canyon bottom in about a half mile. From there it follows the nicely shaded canyon upstream passing several cabins, then ends at Roberts Camp and a junction with both the Gabrielino Trail (NRT) 11W14 and Lower Winter Creek Trail #11W15.

This trail can be used to make various loop options with the other trails in the area. While it adds an extra half mile, it is far more attractive than taking the paved road. Hermit Falls, a popular destination, can be reached by taking this trail to the canyon bottom and then going down stream. Please note: the falls are reached from the top and many rescues have occurred from people climbing or jumping down to the base.

Flora & Fauna

Open chaparral of ceanothus, manzanita, and laurel sumac grow here. Oaks, alders, and bay provide shade in the canyon bottom and a few other sections. Poison oak is abundant.

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Shared By:

Alan Coles

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Photos

Spotted on the hike to Hermit Falls
Feb 28, 2019 near Sierra…, CA
The beginning part of the singletrack.
Feb 28, 2019 near Sierra…, CA
Looking into the valley with the creek.
Feb 28, 2019 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
Trail map posted at initial descent from parking area. Note that pit toilet at Roberts Camp junction is no longer there (as of Sept. 2020).
Sep 2, 2020 near Sierra…, CA

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