Powder Canyon Motorway

La Habra Heights, California 90631

Distance1.7mi
Elevation Gain568ft
Trailhead Elevation611ft
Top875ft
Elevation Min/Max606/875ft
Elevation Start/End611/611ft

Powder Canyon Motorway

Powder Canyon Motorway is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in La Habra Heights, California. It is 1.7 miles long and begins at 611 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 3.4 miles with a total elevation gain of 568 feet. This trail connects with the following: Schabarum Trail, Purple Sage Trail, Nogales Trail and Black Walnut Trail.

Powder Canyon Motorway Professional Reviews and Guides

"This trip forms a loop that takes you back up and over the Puente Hills, revealing dramatic views of the high San Gabriel Mountains before returning you to the shaded oak woodland charm of the canyon.

Head west from the small equestrian warm-up ring on a gravel road. Eventually the gravel gives way to dirt, and the trail dips out of the sun and into the welcome shade of a dense grove of native oaks. At 0.3 mile, keep right at the junction with the Gray Squirrel Trail to continue north. The oak forest falls behind you as you head toward the Puente Hills, keeping straight at 0.6 mile and reaching a major junction (and a crest) at 0.8 mile."

"Powder Canyon, 517 acres managed as a Habitat Authority Wilderness Reserve, beckons the hiker with attractive walnut groves and oak woodland. The canyon is relatively undisturbed habitat in the middle of the Puente Hills; in fact, the canyon is part of what’s called the Puente Hills Significant Ecological Area, one of the last remaining natural areas in the hilly region of eastern L.A. County and one of the few with a relatively undisturbed, self-contained watershed. One of the larger canyons in the hills, Powder Canyon boasts particularly large complexes of oak woodland and oak riparian forest. The canyon’s trail system links with Schabarum Trail (Skyline Trail)."

Powder Canyon Motorway Reviews

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5/4/2018
I don’t really know how to rate it. This was my first hiking trail, it has different trails. They allow dogs. The level seemed to vary depending on which trail you took. I haven’t taken the hardest trail yet, maybe next time :) It was a very pleasant place and there were lots of people hiking, biking, running and even horse back riding. . Even though there were a lot of people, it was in no way crowded. Parking is free, the earlier the better to find a spot.
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1/17/2010
I liked this trail a lot. Some good steep bits and nice shaded areas.
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Trail Information

La Habra Heights
Nearby City
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
Puente Hills Habitat Preservation Authority and Peter F. Schabarum Regional Park
Local Contacts
USGS La Habra
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Jul 2018