Hacienda Hills Trail

Los Angeles, California 90011

Hacienda Hills Trail

Hacienda Hills Trail Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"This dirt-path loop is a gradual climb through cool forest and sunbaked switchbacks to 1,000-foot elevation and views of downtown Los Angeles, the coastal plains of Orange County, and the wooded community of La Habra Heights.

The Hacienda Hills Trail is part of the Skyline Trail in the Puente–Chino Hills Wildlife Corridor, an unbroken chain of plant and wildlife habitat that extends about 30 miles from the Cleveland National Forest in Orange County to the west end of the Puente Hills in Los Angeles County. According to the Sierra Club, the area represents one of the largest intact native habitats in the urban Los Angeles basin. It is maintained by the Puente Hills Landfill Native Habitat Authority—a collaborative effort of Los Angeles County, the city of Whittier, and the Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles—which was created in 1984 to mitigate the effects of the nearby Puente Hills Landfill. The majority of hikers here seem to be residents of the Hacienda Heights area out for weekend exercise jaunts, but it never seems over-crowded. Dogs are allowed, and mountain bikes are permitted in parts of the preserve."

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Day Hiking Los Angeles (The Mountaineers Books)
Casey Schreiner
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"The Puente and Chino hills are covered in great hiking trails, but this loop in the Hacienda Hills is definitely one of the best. This developed trailhead has ample parking, water, restrooms, and a section of trail that’s accessible for wheelchairs. On the trail, you’ll enjoy beautiful views of the San Gabriel Mountains and some amazing riparian oak canyons." Read more
"For more than 25 years, the Seventh Avenue Trailhead, as it was known, provided access (and little else) to the Puente Hills trail system. In 2005, vast improvements were made, and this key entryway renamed the Hacienda Hills Trailhead. Trailhead improvements include better parking, restrooms, native plant landscaping, interpretive panels, wrought iron entry gates that are works of art, and improved trail signage. Some fine hiking trails were constructed to link with the pre-existing dirt service roads built by ranchers and oil companies. Hacienda Hills Trailhead is the gateway to a 225-acre reserve set aside as a mitigation measure after an approved expansion of the nearby mega-landfill. The considerable conservation successes that have occurred in the Puente Hills have been funded by the Puente Hills Landfill Native Habitat Preservation Authority, which collects “tipping fees” from the Puente Hills Landfill, the largest landfill in the U.S. Created in 1994, this agency has purchased Powder Canyon, Sycamore Canyon and other key parcels in the hills." Read more

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Trail Information

Los Angeles
Nearby City
Trail Type
Skill Level
2.25 hours
562-945-9003, ext. 5; habitatauthority.org/trails
Local Contacts
USGS El Monte; at Seventh Avenue kiosk or habitatauthority.org/trails
Local Maps

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Dec 2018