This hike is a straightforward five mile loop on a fire road with about 950 feet of elevation gain. We'll take the somewhat steeper right side of the loop, up the Cobal Canyon Motorway and return down the Burbank Trail.
WE WILL MEET AT THE ENTRANCE GATE LOCATED AT THE END OF MILLS RD AT 5:15 PM AND START THE HIKE BY 5:30 PM SHARP. PLEASE ARRIVE A FEW MINUTES EARLY TO GET AND PAY FOR A PARKING SPACE AND MEET THE GROUP. THE PARKING FEE IS $3.00.
The hike should take about 2 hours to complete and though it will be a hike at your own pace walk, you must be familiar with the route and prepared to hike by yourself if you separate from the group.
NOTE: The park closes at 8:00 pm during the month of August, so we'll all have to be out the gate by then.
LENGTH: 5.0 MILES
DURATION: 2½ hours
ELEVATION GAIN: 950 feet
Source: Los Angeles: Must-Do Hikes for Everyone (http://amzn.to/16hrzbB)
Also, for a very detailed and thorough hike description covering this hike, check out the hike report on my lazyasshiker.com blog, titled Claremont Hills Wilderness Trail (http://www.lazyasshiker.com/claremont-hills-wilderness-trail/).
NOTE: PARKING IS AN ISSUE. BE PREPARED TO PAY $3 TO PARK IN THE PARKING LOT AT THE END OF MILLS AVE UNLESS YOU HAPPEN TO BE A CLAREMONT RESIDENT AND HAVE A PARKING PERMIT. JUST FIND YOUR BEST SPOT AND MEET AT THE TRAILHEAD.
Be sure to bring plenty of water, trail shoes, sunscreen, and an energy snack.
NO PLUS ONES: As with most of our hikes, there will be NO PLUS ONES. No Plus Ones means exactly what it sounds like, no plus ones. If you want to bring a friend, just have them join the group and RSVP for the hike.
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DIRECTIONS: From the 210 Freeway, exit at Baseline Ave in Claremont and drive west. Proceed 0.7 mile and then turn right on Mills Ave (north). Continue north on Mills Ave about 1.4 miles to the large trailhead parking lot on the left at the end of Mills Ave. There is a $3.00 self serve parking toll except for City of Claremont residents. If the trailhead parking lot is full, you can also park at the auxiliary lot located on the corner of Mills Ave & Mt Baldy Rd, about 0.3 mile down Mills Ave.
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