Mt. Zion Loop via Upper Falls and Upper Winter Creek

Trailhead: Chantry Flats

Trail: Mt. Zion Loop via Upper Falls and Upper Winter Creek Loop

View from trailhead for the Gabrieleno Trail leading down to bridge.

View from the trailhead for the Gabrieleno Trail leading down to the bridge.

Description: From Chantry Flats Parking, go to the Gabrieleno Trail Trailhead (T1 on Trailhead Map) and follow the Gabrieleno Trail–an asphalt road–down to a bridge. Cross the bridge and continue following the Gabrieleno Trail (now dirt) to Fern Lodge Junction. At the junction, take the Upper Falls Trail (a.k.a the Lower Gabrieleno Trail) to Falling Sign Junction and then turn right and take the Gabrieleno Trail past Spruce Grove Campground to the Junction with the Sturtevant Trail. Turn left and take the Sturtevant Trail to the Mt. Zion Trail and follow that to a clearly marked junction and take the summit trail to Mt. Zion. Return to the junction and continue hiking down to a junction with the Lower Winter Creek Trail (near Hoegees Campground). Turn right and follow the trail to the next junction with the Upper Winter Creek Trail and continue following the lower portion of that trail to Chantry Flats.

Stats: 9.7 miles, 1980′ of gain and loss.

Track map for Chantry Flats to Mt. Zion Loop via Upper falls and Upper Winter Creek from December 2016 using Backcountry Navigator (US Forest Service-2013 map) from my phone.

Track map for Chantry Flats to Mt. Zion Loop via Upper falls and Upper Winter Creek from December 2016 using Backcountry Navigator (US Forest Service-2013 map) from my phone.

Last Hiked: 12-27-2016

Peaks: Mt. Zion

View from the Upper Falls Trail.

View from the Upper Falls Trail.