Group: SoCal Happy Hour Backpacking
When: Monday, September 11, 5 pm
Where: Chantry Flat, Forest Route 2N40 and Santa Anita Canyon Ave., Sierra Madre, CA
Cost: Free, but parking requires an Adventure Pass
We will continue this hike to Hoegees on Monday nights unless we get some serious rain making Winter Creek unsafe to cross at night. Please watch for occasional changes to the San Olene Truck Trail, which will start at 4:30PM from the upper parking lot.
Hoegee Loop is a beautiful, lush, fairly easy loop hike from Chantry Flat in the San Gabriel Mountains above Arcadia. The trail features a gentle flowing stream with numerous easy rock-hop crossings, historical cabins and campgrounds, and a high-on-the-ridge final descent with sweeping views of nearby peaks and the LA valley below.
This is a low-intermediate hike of 5 miles and about 1,100 feet of elevation gain. From the parking lot, we'll head down a paved road for about a half mile, then turn left and go up Lower Winter Creek trail to Hoegee Campground, where we'll stop for a break amid the pines. Many people bring simple snacks to share -- fruit, cheese, cookies, that sort of thing. Then we'll continue upstream a short distance to catch Upper Winter Creek trail and take it back down to the parking lot.