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.
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 for no fee (free of charge). The trail camp is open year round. 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)
|Upper Winter Creek Trail|
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.
|Lower Zion Trail|
The trail from Hoegees Camp up Mount Zion is 1.5 miles long.
|Spruce Grove Camp|
This 8-mile in-and-out or 9.5-mile loop takes hikers beyond Sturtevant Falls to a backcountry campground with seven first-come first-serve sites.
This 3.25-mile hike visits a 60-foot waterfall and a lush cottage-lined canyon.
This 2.5-mile heads down canyon away from Sturtevant Falls toward a 30-foot waterfall. The lush canyon and the babbling creek are quite calming.
|Santa Anita Canyon Loop|
This 9.5-mile loop visits two peaceful creeks in sylvan canyons, passing a 60-foot waterfall and plenty of beautiful wilderness.
|More trails in the San Gabriel Mountains|
Explore other destinations in the range.
This 6-mile hike from Millard Campground leads past Millard Falls to an old gold mine.
|Fish Canyon Falls|
This 4.8-mile round trip hike leaves from an active rock quarry and progresses up a beautiful canyon to a mesmerizing multi-tiered waterfall.
The 5.5 to 6 miler can be completed as an out and back hike or a loop, traveling through a pine forest to a round summit. Add six miles to the hike by dropping across a saddle and climbing to the summit of Twin Peaks.