The Hagador Canyon hike is a rollicking 4.5 mile out and back low canyon hike in the Hagador Canyon Watershed area of the Cleveland National Forest. It is located in the Corona hills east of Tin Mine Canyon, near Skyline Drive and provides a nice alternative to the better known Skyline Drive Hike to Beeks Place and the Doppler.
The actual trail is set back 0.4 mile from the paved section of Skyline Drive and is accessed by a spur trail that runs through a field from Skyline Drive to the Hagador Canyon trailhead. Once in the canyon, the trail bobs up and down under a thick canopy of trees and vegetation.
Distance: 4.5 miles
Duration: 2-3 hours
Elevation Gain: 640 feet
From the 91 freeway, exit Lincoln Ave and follow north to Foothill Pkwy. Turn right (west) on Foothill Pkwy and follow to Skyline Drive Trailhead parking just east of Trudy Way. Park alongside the road and walk to the paved trailhead, marked by a sign.
Justin points out the Hagador Canyon spur trail
Hagador Canyon Hike Description
From the Skyline Drive trailhead, walk southerly 0.35 mile on the paved trail to the bend where Skyline Drive hooks to the west. Hop over the guardrail and follow a use trail a short distance to the beginning of the spur trail, which is pretty much a dirt service road. Follow the spur trail southerly through the edges of a field for an additional 0.4 mile to the Hagador Canyon Trailhead, located at the entrance to the canyon.
The spur trail turns into a single track trail as you enter the wooded area of the Cleveland National Forrest. You can use the following GPS coordinates to help you get to the Hagador Canyon Trailhead.
|Skyline Drive trailhead||33.841960||-117.598376
|Junction with spur trail||33.837052||-117.598119|
|Hagador Canyon trailhead||33.831298||-117.598489|
Jaimie and Kim head down the Hagador Canyon Spur Trail
Once you enter the Hagador Canyon Watershed forest area, it’s a rollicking 2.5 mile up and down romp into the woods with most of the trail shaded by a thick canopy of trees and foliage. Portions of the trail open up into spacious canyon areas with varying degrees of light.
Beginning of the actual Hagador Canyon Trail
As seen in the above photo, the actual Hagador Canyon trail is setback a good ways from the Skyline Drive walking path and is located next to the hills. The “trailhead” is marked by a sign that reads: Hagador Canyon Watershed.
This part of the trail is very similar to the Tin Mine Canyon Trail located to the west towards the fire road portion of the Skyline Drive Trail. Once you walk in a little ways, you really get the feeling that you’re in the woods.
Hagador Canyon Trail Wooded Area
Some parts of the trail are so well shaded that you almost feel like you’re hiking in the evening. Instead of the woods, now you actually feel like you’re in a forest, which of course, you are. It’s not a mountain area like Icehouse Canyon, but you’re definitely in a canyon. You probably wouldn’t want to do this trail in the evening unless you were well acquainted with the trail due to the rollicking nature of the trail and low light conditions.
Aska and Kim in the Hagador Canyon Dark Forest
There is no peak to bag, awesome sight or even a real destination to see at the end of the trail. Instead, the trail just sort of peters out at a clearing. You can take a break here before heading back or explore the further by a little bushwhacking. Don’t go any further than you feel comfortable.
The Hagador Canyon hike is a nice 4.5 mile trek with a little edge due to the rollicking up and down nature of the trail. It’s not on any lower peak’s list and it certainly isn’t well know. But if you don’t mind a jaunt to the hills and canyons of Corona and you’re not in the mood for a fire road, you will likely find the Hagador Canyon hike a nice change of pace.