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First Hike in Puente Hills Preserve - Sycamore Canyon, Hellman Park & Beyond

The Puente Hills Preserve consists of rugged topography, steep hillsides and deep canyons. 

For our first time visit we'll start at Sycamore Canyon. The canyon harbors some fine riparian habitat overlooked by some rather dramatic, eroded cliffs. There are several large and twisted specimens of California sycamore trees to admire, as well as willows, cottonwoods, and toyons.

After a side trip to Dark Canyon we'll climb out of Sycamore Canyon and into Hellman Wilderness Park, perched on a south slope of the Puente Hills overlooking the city of Whittier. It offers a quick passage via steep trail to some of the more airy vantage points.

We'll hike for about 8-9 miles with[masked] ft total ascent. See trail map of planned hike here:

Free Product Give-away

One of our sponsors, Adventure Medical Kits, has donated a bunch of free samples including:

• Easy Access Bandages

• Ben's Repellent

• Natrapel Repellent

• After Burn

I'll have enough for everyone who checks in at the trailhead on time. You can check out these products at their website and learn some survival techniques: http://www.adventurem...


Click on Venue for Google Map. Exit Interstate 605 at Beverly Boulevard in Whittier. Go east on Beverly for 0.6 mile and turn left (north) on Workman Mill Road. Go 0.4 mile north to the obscure gated entrance to Sycamore Canyon on the right. There is no parking lot, but you can park your vehicle alongside the curb.

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  • Yoon m.

    What a wonderful hiking in the nice weather and relaxing trail!! Thank you, Dean!!!

    April 6, 2014

  • Farah

    It was great hiking! Thanks to Dean.

    Looking forward to seeing you next week.

    April 6, 2014

  • Shaila

    Thanks Dean, great hike and wonderful company.

    April 6, 2014

  • Ms M.

    Had a nice time, thank you Dean!

    April 6, 2014

  • Tejinder

    Thank you Dean for a great hike, what a beautiful area.

    April 6, 2014

  • Dean

    Great hike and good intro to the region. Thanks for coming out! I'll post the hike report tonight

    1 · April 6, 2014

  • Fred

    Great to check out this local spot while it was still green. Thanks for putting it together Dean.

    April 6, 2014

  • Sarah C.

    How long do you expect the hike to take (i.e. should we pack a lunch)? Is it safe to assume dogs are welcomed? :)


    - Sarah

    April 4, 2014

    • Dean

      Sorry, no dogs allowed. Yes, pack a lunch/snacks

      April 4, 2014

    • Sarah C.

      Bummer! Will catch the next dog-friendly hike w/ the group. Thanks!

      April 4, 2014

  • Safi

    Sorry had to work :(

    April 3, 2014

  • nuria

    sorry Dean I just found out today sunday I have family event to attend. see you next time.

    April 2, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Yeah hate to miss this one Dean its so close to home

    April 1, 2014

  • Rick N.

    Bummah. Looks like another nice hike but I'm committed to CicLAvia this Sunday. Take lots of pictures.

    March 31, 2014

  • nuria

    Dean I finally get to hike on my weekend off with your group and looking forward.

    March 30, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    anyone carpooling from west LA or nearby?

    March 20, 2014

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