Hike the Claremont Wilderness Trail

Added by Elaine Yu

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.

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Mountain Biking
Running
Hiking
Dog Friendly
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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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