Hoegees Camp Winter Creek Los Angeles

Hoegees Camp lies along Winter Creek in the canyon adjacent to Sturtevant Falls. Both trails begin from Chantry Flats. And while the hike to Hoegees Camp does not offer a waterfall, it does offer a 4.25-mile out-and-back hike through a lush canyon with 700 feet of elevation change. You may also continue on Upper Winter Creek Trail to return to Chantry Flats for a 4.85-mile loop with 1,000 feet of elevation change.

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Winter Creek near the start of the trail to Hoegees Camp

The directions are fairly straightforward. From Chantry Flats, descend the paved trail 0.6 miles to Roberts Camp. After crossing the bridge at the bottom of the pavement, turn left on Lower Winter Creek Trail. Make your way along the creek past a few wilderness homes and concrete dams. There is a small cave off the side of the trail, a quarter mile from the junction, which appears to be from an abandoned mine. The forest is delightful. The trail is narrower than the one to Sturtevant Falls, but not much steeper. It is also less crowded.

From 1907 to 1953 (when it burned down) Hoegees Camp served as a resort for hikers. Today Hoegees Camp offers vault toilets, picnic tables, and fire rings. The fourteen campsites are first-come first-serve. Hoegees Camp is located at an elevation of approximately 2,500 feet. Chantry Flats is at 2,150 feet, but you dip to 1,800 feet at Roberts Camp in between.

To venture past Hoegees Camp, continue up Mount Zion (and beyond to complete the Santa Anita Canyon Loop), or loop back to Chantry Flats on Upper Winter Creek Trail. Both extensions can be found at a junction 0.2 miles above the campground at the end of Lower Winter Creek Trail.

To get to the trailhead: Take the 210 east through Pasadena to Arcadia. Exit Santa Anita and head north. Go up the mountain for 5 miles until the road ends at Chantry Flats. Display your National Forest adventure pass and park your car in the lot.

Trailhead address: Chantry Flats Road, Angeles National Forest, Arcadia, CA 91006
Trailhead coordinates: 34.195515, -118.022503 (34° 11′ 43.9″N 118° 01′ 21.0″W)

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  Lower Zion Trail from Hoegees Camp to Mount Zion
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  Upper Zion Trail from Spruce Grove Camp to Mount Zion
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  Gabrielino Trail to Spruce Grove Camp
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  Sturtevant Falls
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These photos were taken in April of 2009. Click to enlarge.
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This 2.75-mile long trail can be used to extend Santa Anita Canyon Loop or create a 4.85-mile loop with Lower Winter Creek Trail.
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2 Comments on Hoegees Camp via Lower Winter Creek Trail in the San Gabriel Mountains

  1. John says:

    This was a beautiful place to go hiking and camping but be careful with what you bring with you and keeping it protected from bears. When I camped here we choose to camp under the stars instead of using a tent and were not happy to wake up to a bear and her cub trying to get to some of our food! The people I was camping with had been to this site numerous times for boyscouting campouts and hadn’t come across any bears but they kept coming back to us. Scared them off twice before dawn and then backpacked out of there in the morning.

  2. Amy D says:

    Is the campground already packed for the weekend?

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