Hike the Claremont Wilderness Trail
Los Angeles › Claremont Hills Wilderness trail
Added by Elaine Yu
5 mile round trip800ft elevation gainGreat views of the Inland EmpirePopular weekend and afternoon hikeGazebo at summit for photos
Drive to the top of Mills Ave in Claremont. There is a main parking area to the left and overflow parking a block south on the right. It costs $3 to park for 4hrs.
As the name implies, the Wilderness Loop is a loop that connects to other trails in the Claremont Hills Wilderness. You can choose to start on the left or right.
The left is less steep due to the many switchbacks. It is also unshaded but offers sweeping views of the Inland Empire and beyond to the Santa Ana Mountains. On a good day you can see I-10 and SR210 below. Along the way there are benches placed every half-mile or so for people to rest. At the top, there is a gazebo where a lot of hikers, runners, and mountain bikers take pictures.
The right side of the trail starts off with a shaded, lower-grade climb. However, after about a mile and a half, it gets really steep with a couple of switchbacks and becomes completely exposed. Another interesting feature of the trail is that the dirt turns from a sandy-brown color to a reddish-orange. It meets up with the left half of the trail at the gazebo.
If you are hiking, be sure to keep to one side of the trail because mountain bikers like to zoom down and may not see you on the other side of the switchbacks. Also there are no bathrooms on the trail so it's best to use the porta-potties located in the parking lot at the trailhead.
- Good walking shoes
- Sun protection
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Easy And Fun But Often Crowded
There are so many great path options here! We go back often and never get bored. We even frequently see deer on and around the trails. It's good for hiking and even trail running, though I'm pretty novice at trail running so it's a challenging task for me. Though, very worth it!
A multitude of possible hikes
This 5-mile loop is great for those looking for a mild 1-2 hour hike with the possibility of connecting to other trails for an all day adventure. If you are in the mood for something more rigorous the loop connects to Palmer Evey Mtwy from Cobal Canyon Mtwy taking you to the top of Potatoe Mountain adding 6 miles to your roundtrip. The loop also connects to Marshall Canyon offering over 30 miles of trails to explore.
Good, Simple Workout
Even if you're not in the best shape or a regular exerciser, this trail is doable. It's not TOO tough but does work you out. It's in a loop too, so you're not hiking one way, then the same way back. I find this more fun and motivating.
i love this trail, its a booty buster!!
i frequent this trail and love how great of a workout i get. its a 5 mile loop, takes me about an hour to an hour and 20 minutes. make sure you bring your wallet, you have to pay for parking
Great workout but crowded
This trail provides a great 5 mile workout with some good hills to conquer. Start early as the parking lot fills quickly. For an extra adventure, you can take a connecting trail to reach potato mountain.
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