Hike the Claremont Wilderness Trail

Claremont Hills Wilderness trail

5 mile round trip. 800ft elevation gain. Great views of the Inland Empire. Popular weekend and afternoon hike. Gazebo 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.

Pack List

  • Water
  • Camera
  • Snacks
  • Good walking shoes
  • Sun protection
Show More
Activities Mountain Biking, Running, Hiking
Skill Level Beginner
Season Year Round
Features
Dog Friendly
Family Friendly
Groups
Scenic

Reviews

Leave a Review

Overall rating: 

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.


Please respect the places you find on The Outbound Collective.

Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures. Be aware of local regulations and don't damage these amazing places for the sake of a photograph. Learn More

Nearby Adventures

More Nearby Adventures

Hike or Bike Marshall Canyon

137 Saves

Hike to Stoddard Flat via the Stoddard Peak Trail

120 Saves

Hike to Sunset Peak

49 Saves