Claremont Hills Wilderness Park Loop
Claremont Hills Wilderness Park Loop Quick Facts
Paid parking at the kiosk
Allow 2 hours
823′ of elevation gain
WARNING. Mountain lion warnings are posted on this trail. I have personally seen a mountain lion on this trail. This is the likely reason the trail is closed at night and opens after first light in the morning. I now carry bear spray on this trail if I hike alone. The mountain lion warnings are real, so hike with friends or carry bear spray if you are alone and avoid hiking after dark.
The Claremont Loop has been my go-to fitness trail for years. It is often crowded on the weekends, so arrive early. The trail gains enough elevation to get your heart rate up and the view at the top is great. It gets really hot in the summer, so bring enough water and don’t hike at mid-day. This is the perfect trail to improve your cardio for bigger hikes. I started out slow walking this trail and gradually worked on improving my time by pushing up the intensity. Many (not me) run this trail regularly.
Claremont Hills Wilderness Park Trailhead
Take the 210 freeway to the Baseline offramp in Claremont. Head west on Baseline for a few blocks and turn right on Mills. Head north until the road ends. There are two parking lots.