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 Trail.
Distance: 4.5 miles
Duration: 2.0 hours
Elevation Gain: 300 feet
From the 210 Freeway, exit at Baseline in Claremont and drive west. Proceed 1.5 miles and turn right on Indian Hill Blvd. Drive north on Indian Hill Blvd 0.5 miles to the Thompson Creek Equestrian & Bicycle Trail parking lot on your left at 2471 N. Indian Hill Blvd. The approximate GPS for the parking lot is: 34.129119, -117.720514.
Best Thompson Creek Trail parking
The Thompson Creek Trail is a great place for a nice walk. With only 300 feet of elevation gain from end to end, this makes an ideal location to get back into walking or to stretch out the legs between hikes. The native vegetation that grows alongside the trail and its location next to the Claremont Hills Wilderness Park provides a somewhat picturesque look, although the concrete flood control channel than parallels a portion of the trail, does detract from the overall wilderness vibe.
Last minute stroll on the Thompson Creek Trail
Because the trail is accessible from a couple different locations, there are several places you could start your walk. If it weren’t for the $3.00 parking fee, the most logical place would be the Claremont Hills Wilderness Trail overflow parking lot at Mills Ave & Mt Baldy Rd. But why pay the three bucks when you can park for free at the Indian Hill Blvd parking lot?
Just park at the Indian Hill Blvd parking lot and start your walk by heading east to Mills Ave. Its about a mile to Mills Ave and obviously a mile back to your starting point. If you want, you can end your walk there, making it a 2-mile walk. But more than likely, you’ll want to continue westerly to the western terminus at Towne Ave. You’ll pass through Higginbotham Park along the way, about a half mile west of the Indian Hill Blvd trailhead.
Thompson Creek Trail ends at Towne Ave
Once you reach Towne Ave, take a quick break and then return the way you came, making it a 4.5-mile round trip walk. By the way, there are restrooms at Higginbotham Park. You will also see a gate in the channel fence leading across a foot bridge to the Sycamore Canyon Park. The trailhead for the invigorating and steep Sycamore Canyon Trail is located about a hundred feet in.
Thompson Creek Trail Hours
The Thompson Creek Trail and parking lot is considered a City of Claremont Park and is therefore, open during regular city park hours from 6 am to 10 pm.
Additional Thompson Creek Parking
In addition to the Thompson Creek Equestrian & Bicycle Trail parking lot, the trail is also accessible from Higginbotham Park and for a $3 fee, the supplemental Claremont Hills Wilderness Trail parking lot located at the corner of Mills Ave and Mt Baldy Rd. The best option is the Thompson Creek Equestrian & Bicycle parking lot or the La Puerta Sports Park, which is located across the street.