Treadmill Rating (out of 10): 6 out of 10
This hike is really wonderful, except that it is uphill in both directions. But well worth the exercise. Take a camera and you’ll come back with great pictures of man-made waterfalls, foliage and shrubbery.
LOCATION OF THE HIKE
From the 210 take the Santa Anita exit and head North (toward the foothills). After a couple of miles the road changes to Chantry Flats. Continue until you reach the parking area.
HOW TECHNICAL IS THE HIKE?
The hike begins at the parking area and starts out down a paved road to the low point of the hike, an old bridge that crosses the creek; this begins the hike on the trail. I did this with 2 others on an overnight hike, so we had packs that included tents, bags and extra clothing, and we had no problems. There is a creek that runs adjacent to the trail the entire way to the campsite, so water is not an issue if you bring a filter. At the campsite there are fire rings to stay warm and a couple of out houses.
WHO CAN DO THIS HIKE?
Most anyone can do this hike. I passed a troop of Scouts, that all had overnight packs, and they all made it to the campsite without problems.
WHEN SHOULD I GO?
I went on a March afternoon that had been forecast for ran and we still had a great time. The trees and shrubs were very green and beautiful, especially with the creek running…even higher in the morning after the night of rain.
You should certainly be able to walk a few miles while carrying water. Don’t be that guy…remember it is uphill in both directions.
Water or filter for the creek water
First aid Kit
Extra socks if the creek is high
Be sure to be prepared if you are going to stay overnight