This is a large-scale, easy-to-use map for people hiking and biking the trails that encompass the Chantry Flat recreation area in the Angeles National Forest. The map is hand-drawn and lettered with particular attention being given to trail junctions, stream crossings and points of interest.

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Physical Sizes: Chantry Flats Map is 15"x22". Trails of Wrightwood map is 28"x19"

Trails of Wrightwood – Big Pines Hiking Map


Posted on March 7, 2016 - Written by Chris Kasten

The Trails of Wrightwood – Big Pines hiking map is now available!  This is a large-scale, hand-drawn,  trail map created on weatherproof / tear-proof paper and measures 19″ x 28″.  Folded dimension is 4.75″ x 7″. A banner listing of 20 trail hikes for the Wrightwood – Big Pines area is located at the top […]

Following the Old Sturtevant Trail Toward Chantry Flat


Posted on February 19, 2016 - Written by Chris Kasten

Following the old Sturtevant Trail toward Chantry Flat today, is to put it lightly, a challenging and slow-moving proposition through thick brush and steep rocky slopes.  Built back in 1895 by Wilbur Sturtevant and a cadre of other mountaineers of the time, this trail was once a main way into the Big Santa Anita Canyon […]

Sturtevant Falls Trail Hike – A Good Time Time to Be There


Posted on January 17, 2016 - Written by Chris Kasten

Next time you’re considering spending a little time in the front-country of the Angeles National Forest, the Sturtevant Falls trail hike is a good one, especially since our recent rains earlier this month.  Over 6 1/2″ of rain fell throughout the first week of the new year in Big Santa Anita Canyon.  Ferns and mosses […]

El Nino, Big Santa Anita Canyon, Chantry Flats back in 2005


Posted on November 1, 2015 - Written by Chris Kasten

Here are some photos taken the day I rode my bike up to Chantry Flats to see how high the stream had become.  Photos taken during El Nino, Big Santa Anita Canyon, Chantry Flats back in 2005.  It was a huge El Nino year for Big Santa Anita Canyon and the rest of southern California. […]

Chantry Flat Map … How To Navigate It


Posted on August 19, 2015 - Written by Chris Kasten

If you’ve decided to pack a Chantry Flat Map, it’s important to have an orienteering compass along for your trip.  One of the key advantages of carrying a compass is the ability to orient your map to the landscape and to ultimately discover just where you happen to be within the confines  (neat lines) of […]

Native Wildflowers of the San Gabriel Mountains


Posted on June 17, 2015 - Written by Chris Kasten

The following photos were recently taken while out hiking in three different canyons on the Angeles National Forest.  These three native wildflowers of the San Gabriel mountains are in full bloom as of this writing.  The first image, Crimson Columbine Aquilegia formosa, was captured along the East Fork of the San Gabriel River, just downstream from […]

Chantry Flats Spring Wildflowers are out Early


Posted on May 11, 2015 - Written by Chris Kasten

As the Spring days lengthen, look for Sticky Leaf Monkey Flower (mimulus aurantiacus) & Indian Pink (silene laciniata) in full bloom on your next hike out of Chantry Flats.  Despite our lack of winter rains and snow, the grass covered hillsides of our front-country canyons still remain mostly green.  It’s as if many of our chaparral flowering […]

High and Dry on Beautiful Monrovia Peak


Posted on February 27, 2015 - Written by Chris Kasten

Any way you go, Monrovia Peak makes for a long and unforgettable hike.  It’s a bright, clear day in mid February as I start out on the Lower Clamshell truck trail’s eastern terminus off Ridgeside Drive in Monrovia.  We’re in our 4th year of drought and not much of winter has come.  I’m loaded up […]

Chantry Flats Hiking Trails Updated Map


Posted on December 31, 2014 - Written by Chris Kasten

If you spend time on the trails above Arcadia and Sierra Madre, here’s the Chantry Flats hiking trails updated map that covers the area between Chantry Flats & Mt. Wilson.    It’s comes in either paper form with free shipping or as a downloadable pdf image through www.canyoncartography.com.  Completely hand-drawn.   This two-sided map is […]

Ascending Rush Creek, Mt. Wilson, CA


Posted on December 31, 2014 - Written by Chris Kasten

Rush Creek, Mt. Wilson, CA.  On the first day of Winter, I ascended Rush Creek, a steep and deep canyon on Mt. Wilson’s north side.  After spending the night at a completely unpeopled, chilly, yet peaceful DeVore Trail Camp, I went up upstream to West Fork Campground under steel gray skies.  That day really felt […]