Mt. Zion Loop
ElevationAscent: 2,232' 680 m
Descent: -2,189' -667 m
High: 3,563' 1,086 m
Low: 1,802' 549 m
GradeAvg Grade: 9% (5°)
Max Grade: 37% (20°)
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“Shaded oak and spruce forests plus a waterfall make this a great all-around, intermediate hike for nature lovers.”— Ryan W
Features Birding · Fall Colors · River/Creek · Spring · Swimming · Views · Waterfall · Wildflowers · Wildlife · Commonly Backpacked
Family Friendly A manageable loop with majestic views of Sturtevant Falls and views of the canyon below.
The upper portion of this trail is somewhat exposed. Bring appropriate sun protection.
Hike down the paved road to the bridge junction and keep right to the Gabrielino Trail (NRT) 11W14. Follow the creek a mile or so until you come to the next junction. Keep right for a short out-and-back to Sturtevant Falls.
Head back the way you came for about a quarter mile and take the Gabrielino Trail (NRT) 11W14 to the right. This takes you above the falls for a look down below. Continue on past the Cascade Picnic Area and Spruce Grove Campground. Turn left at the signed trail junction and take the Sturtevant Trail #11W16 towards Sturtevant Camp.
Across from Sturtevant Camp, off to the left, is a junction with the slightly hidden Zion Trail #11W17. From here you can continue on Sturtevant Trail #11W16 which will take you to Mt. Wilson in 3 miles. This particular loop takes you about a mile up the Zion Trail #11W17 where you keep left to the Mount Zion Summit Spur. Take in the views and double back.
Continue left on Zion Trail #11W17 which drops down to Winter Creek and a junction with the Lower Winter Creek Trail #11W15. It is the same distance back to Chantry Flat either way from here. Turning left takes you down the canyon but you have to climb that dreadful paved road back UP to the parking lot. Turn right and you soon reach a junction with the Upper Winter Creek Trail #11W23. Keep left and this takes you back to the parking lot.
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Land Manager: USFS - Angeles National Forest Office