Bicycling Magazine Claremont, CA: Claremont Hills Wilderness Loop 

Just minutes from the suburbs, this 5.5-mile quick-fix offers serene San Gabriel panoramas while looping through the tranquil Claremont Hills Wilderness Park.

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Author: Bicycling Magazine
Date: 12 Jan 2009 7:36:59 PM
Activity: Mountain Biking
State: California (CA)
Distance: 5.51 mi  (Change units)
Survey Elevation: Total Gain: 4697 ft
Total Loss: 4687 ft
Net Change: 10 ft
Difficulty: 5 / 10
Tags: California, Claremont, Los Angeles, SoCal Cycling
Rating: Unrated   Rate it

Winding 5.5 mildly-challenging miles through the peaceful Claremont Hills Wilderness Park, this loop offers big views for cyclists short on time. Starting from the parking lot at the bottom of Mount Baldy Road, pedal up Mills Avenue en-route to the Cobal Canyon Motorway, a smooth and dusty fire road. After less than 0.2 mile, veer left to pick up the Burbank Motorway, another fire road.

Climb several steep hills before the road steadies into a gentle incline. After 1.51 miles, you’ll hit the Cobal Canyon Fire Trail junction, a three-way intersection offering spectacular views of Los Angeles to the west and the surrounding countryside to the south and east. From here, it’s just a quick 0.3-mile push to the ride’s highest point, a revealing perch offering western panoramas of the Los Angeles skyline. End your ride by coasting down the remaining 3.24-mile downhill en-route to the Mount Baldy Road parking lot.

Because of the minimal tree cover, this loop can get quite hot, especially in the summer. Ride in the evening to catch cooler temperatures and magical sunset panoramas of the San Gabriel Foothills and Los Angeles County suburbs.

-Mapped by Christy Nicholson, - So Cal's #1 Cycling Source.

TO TRAILHEAD: From I-10, take the Monte Vista Ave. exit and turn left on Monte Vista Ave. to head north for 2.8 miles. Continue on Padua Ave. for one more mile before turning left at Pomello Dr. After 0.5 miles, turn right on Mills Ave. The parking lot is at the corner of Mills Ave. and Mt. Baldy Rd.

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You can rest here and sit down and take in the views.

Claremont Hills Wilderness Loop

Distance: 5.51 mi Points: 1067
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# Distance Instruction Distance to next
1 0.00 mi Start - North on Mills Ave. Then go 0.26 mi
2 0.26 mi Turn Left - North on Cobal Canyon Motorway Then go 0.16 mi
3 0.43 mi Turn Left - Northwest on Burbank Motorway Then go 1.51 mi
4 1.94 mi Sharp Right - North on Cobal Canyon Fire Trail Then go 1.77 mi
5 3.71 mi Turn Right - South on Cobal Canyon Motorway Then go 1.52 mi
6 5.23 mi Bear Right - South on Mills Ave. Then go 0.28 mi
7 5.51 mi Stop - End at parking lot

Points of Interest

Mount Baldy Road Parking Lot

Location: 34.138662, -117.707176
From the parking lot, head north on the paved Mills Avenue toward the San Gabriel Foothills. © Christy Nicholson,

Claremont Hills Wilderness Park

Location: 34.142498, -117.707369
Exit suburbia as you cross into the Claremont Hills Wilderness Park, a unimproved preserve bisected by a network of singletrack, jeep trails and fire roads.

Burbank Motorway Junction

Location: 34.144612, -117.708442
Bear left to merge onto the Burbank Motorway, a wide, well-travelled fire road. Begin the 2.8 mile, 715-foot climb toward the ride's high point. © Christy Nicholson,

End of Steep Climbs

Location: 34.144292, -117.710180
Curve around two horseshoes as the grade becomes more gentle. © Christy Nicholson,

Rolling Fire Road

Location: 34.146583, -117.718592
Continue pushing up the fire road as you carve through the shrub-dotted, red-dirt hillside. © Christy Nicholson,

Cobal Canyon Fire Trail Junction

Location: 34.147912, -117.724890
Swing a sharp right to head north through more scrubby brush and onto the smooth but dusty Cobal Canyon Fire Road. The pinnacle of the ride is only 0.3 mile away. © Christy Nicholson,

San Gabriel Foothills At Sunset

Location: 34.148083, -117.725018
From the Cobal Canyon Fire Trail junction, take in enchanting vistas of the lower San Gabriel Foothills. © Christy Nicholson,


Location: 34.148785, -117.723465
Though the area may appear arid, it's actually buzzing with plant and animal life. Keep your eyes open for coyotes, quail, deer, mountain lions and, of course, tarantulas. © Christy Nicholson,

More Sunset Vistas

Location: 34.149770, -117.722980
Sundown adds mystical hues of pink, orange and purple to the San Gabriel skyscape, augmenting the already captivating vistas of Los Angeles County below. © Christy Nicholson,

High Point

Location: 34.150594, -117.722366
Reaching the ride's zenith, look west for a magnificent view of the Los Angeles Skyline. It's all downhill from here; enjoy the relaxing 2.25-mile cruise back home.

Cobal Canyon Motorway Junction

Location: 34.158400, -117.716044
Hang a right to head south on the Cobal Canyon Motorway and cruise back to the parking lot.


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