Gabrielino Trail

When several existing trails were renamed to make a “new” 28.5 mile trail in 1970, in compliance with the National Trails System Act, the Forest Service’s self-congratulatory announcement read as follows: “This trail has been created for you – the city dweller – so that you might exchange, for a short time, the hectic scene …

To Sturtevant Falls

The trailhead to Sturtevant Falls is at the white pipe gate just as you enter the Chantry parking lot. Follow the asphalt road 3/4 mile to the bottom. Here, where Winter Creek meets the main creek, is the site of Roberts’ Camp and still so called. Ford the water or cross the green footbridge (relocated …

Upper Falls Trail

Follow directions for Gabrielino Trail to Fern Lodge Junction. You will see cabin #76 just above the main trail with one trail on each side. To the left is the stock trail. Go right for the Upper Falls Trail. This will first take you to the pools immediately above Sturtevant Falls. DO NOT attempt to …

Stock Trail

Follow directions for Gabrielino Trail to Fern Lodge Junction. You will see cabin #76 just above the main trail with one trail on each side. To the right is the Upper Falls Trail. Go left for the stock trail. You will pass through the site and concrete foundations of Fern Lodge. Shortly, the trail emerges …

First Water Trail

This trail roughly follows the original built by the Forest Service in the early 1900’s. The trailhead was lost with the construction of the road and was relocated to the second bend in the Roberts Road. The obvious derivation of the name is that taking this trail took you to reliable water much sooner than …

To Mount Wilson

Trail to Mt. Wilson #1 Read Upper Winter Creek Trail. At the junction stay left. Just after you pass the uppermost three cabins of Winter Creek, the trail switches back up to Manzanita Ridge. Here you follow the ridgeline to the Mt. Wilson Trail. Stay right and you shortly join the Mt. Wilson Toll Road. …

Lower Winter Creek Trail

Follow the Gabrielino Trail. At Roberts’ Camp take the trail to the left of the toilets over the check dam. Just after the first crossing you will see a cave on your left. This was an exploratory tunnel left from Roberts’ Mine. Note the spring drilled out just to the right of the opening. To …

Upper Winter Creek Trail

3 easy miles to Hogee’s Campground. This trail is part of the old Burlingame wagon road from Sierra Madre built to retrieve timber. Take the asphalt road at the upper Chantry Parking lot, to the left of the Forest Service housing. In 1/4 mile, at the third sharp bend in the road, a wooden sign …

Mount Zion Trail

The last stretch of Sturtevant’s second trail and a part he built himself. From Lanaan Canyon (above Santa Anita Ave.) to Winter Creek he simply had to refurbish the old Burlingame wagon road, built to retrieve timber. To continue on to his camp, he had to contend with Zion Ridge. One story he told was …

East Fork Trail

This trail has virtually disappeared. It was built after the 1924 fire (that never reached this canyon) to establish a work camp, known as Spring Camp, for the builders of firebreaks and fire roads. It originally started behind cabin #55, now just a stone foundation. It took a route high above the water to skirt …

San Olene Fire Road

The name is a corruption of “Santa Oline” canyon. This starts at the upper Chantry parking lot to the left of the Forest Service housing. Follow the asphalt road past the water tanks and the Upper Winter Creek Trail head to the heliport on the ridge. Look back to find the dirt fire road which …

Burma Road

Now mostly overgrown and washed out, as intended, this was part of the check dam construction road. The route starts near cabin #87 where Muir Lodge stood, switches back to bypass Sturtevant Falls, contours the hillside, crosses the North Fork and emerges at Cascade Picnic Area. One can spot the blasting scars and non-native trees …