Claremont Loop: An Easy 5-Mile Hike with Views

Aug 2, 2021 | Lookouts, Los Angeles County

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Distance

5 Miles

Time

~3 Hrs

Difficulty

Easy

Elevation Gain

839 Ft.

Season

All Year

Bathrooms

Yes

Claremont Loop is a very popular hike and I can definitely see why. It has a really nice overlook with plenty of benches. This is definitely one you can do with family and friends!

Claremont Loop is a 5-mile hike in  Claremont Hills Wilderness Park. This trail features an outlook and city views of Claremont and Catalina Island.  Parking is $5 on weekdays and $7 on weekends. There are restrooms located throughout the trail and in the parking lot.

Map of Claremont Loop

How to Get to Claremont Loop

Claremont Loop Address: Claremont Wilderness Park, Claremont, CA 91711.

Parking Rates

Weedays: $5, Weekends: $7

Park Hours

January 6:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
February 6:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
March 6:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
April 6:00 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.
May 5:30 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
June 5:30 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.
July 5:30 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.
August 6:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
September 6:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
October 6:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
November 6:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
December 6:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

 

Recommended Gear

I highly recommend this water bladder! I personally own this exact one and love how convenient it is on 5+ mile hikes like this one. I add ice and the water stays fresh for hours!

 

 

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Hiking the Claremont Loop

The hike begins past the gates. Keep in mind that the gates do close at different times depending on the month/week.

There are also restrooms located right by the parking lot and gate.

At the first fork, you can take the left or right route. I decided to take the left.

The majority of the trail is on a dirt road. It’s a gradual incline to the top, so it’s definitely doable for families.

Make sure to bring a hat since there isn’t too much shade on this trail.

Be aware of the poison oak! They’re found throughout the trail.

“Leaves of three, let it be!”

At the second fork, keep right.

About 1 mile later, we made it to the benches and lookout.

Take a look at those ariel views!

This is the perfect spot to take in the views and mountains. I love that it’s shady!

We can see what looks to be the Cleveland National Forest in the distance.

More benches. It’s a great spot to see the city lights glisten in the evening.

After taking in the views, we were ready to finish the last 2-2.5 miles left of the hike!

There’s a fun tunnel below the trail. You’ll have to keep an eye out for it!

This area was beautiful and quite shady.

Overall, I definitely enjoyed this hike! It was beautiful and the 5 miles felt a lot shorter than it seemed.

Look Out for This Insect!

Tarantula Hawk

We saw a few of these crazy insects along the trail!

The tarantula hawk is a spider wasp that eats tarantulas. Yes, you read that correctly. They are brutal to their prey.

Their stings are said to be the most painful out of all the insects in North America! Luckily, they rarely sting humans.

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