The Claremont Hills Wilderness Park is an immensely popular 2,000 acre wilderness preserve located at the base of the San Gabriel Mountains and the Angles National Forest. As places of interest go, this isn’t the most iconic or glamorous place you’re going to find, but it is immensely popular and does provide excellent opportunities for moderate level hiking and […]
San Gabriel Foothills
The San Gabriel Foothills are the hills and lower elevation mountain peaks adjacent to the San Gabriel Mountains. Because these foothills are dwarfed by the San Gabriel Mountains that tower over them, they are often shunned by experienced hikers. Even so, there are numerous hiking trails within the San Gabriel Foothills that provide excellent conditioning and convenient hiking opportunities when a trek to the mountains isn't feasible or desired.
The hikes and walks listed below are great examples of the kind of hiking available within the San Gabriel Foothills.
Although the hike up the Potato Mountain East Face is the shortest approach to the summit, it is also the most difficult. The East Face is the HARD way to hike Potato Mountain. Not only is the use trail loose and slippery, but it is also much steeper thank it looks. And unlike the conventional Evey Canyon Trail, the East Face […]
I’m not going to sugar coat it. Hiking Potato Mountain via the Claremont Loop is a tedious affair. You’ll traverse 11-miles on a dry and dusty fire road with full sun exposure. And a surprisingly tough amount of elevation gain. This is the long way to hike Potato Mountain and the least desirable approach. You will only want […]
Potato Mountain is a great conditioning hike. Although you can hike to the Potato Mountain summit a few different ways, the Evey Canyon trail is the most moderate and well-known approach. It’s a fire road the whole way. Even so, it is still a moderately strenuous five-mile hike. Additionally, it requires a private property permit from […]
The Sycamore Canyon Trail is a very short and steep 0.8 mile trail (1.6 miles round trip) in the Claremont Hills Wilderness Park that runs from the Thompson Creek Trail at Higginbotham Park to the East Pomello Drive fire road. Unlike most of the trails in the wilderness park, including the Claremont Loop, the Sycamore Canyon […]
The Thompson Creek Trail is a popular 4.5-mile paved bike path that runs along a flood control channel from Mills Ave to Towne Ave in Claremont, California. Although designed as a bike trail, the Thompson Creek Trail is used by walkers, runners, cyclists, and leashed dogs and serves as the gateway to the Sycamore Canyon Trail and the […]
Gale Mountain is a hilltop within the Claremont Hills Wilderness Park that features a flat summit and a fenced in radio tower. The hike to the summit follows a short but unrelentingly steep path up a somewhat dilapidated asphalt service road. The hike is not very fancy or majestic. But it DOES provide you with a […]
The Sycamore Canyon Thompson Creek Loop is a nifty little conditioning hike located in the Claremont Hills Wilderness Park that offers a good workout and nice views of the Claremont area. This hike follows the steep Sycamore Canyon Trail up from the Thompson Creek Trail at Higginbotham Park in Claremont, hooks a right down the East Pomello […]
The Claremont Hills Wilderness Trail (aka the Claremont Loop), is located in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains within the Claremont Hills Wilderness Park in Claremont, California. The hike is a fairly straightforward five-mile loop on a wide fire road with about 950 feet of elevation gain. Since this trail doesn’t really offer any spectacular views or peak […]