Claremont Loop: one of Southern California's best hiking trails

Eugene Adams

Hiking is great for many reasons. 

  1. It’s great exercise.
  2. It’s a perfect chance to spend quality time with friends and family.
  3. It’s always nice to get out and enjoy some beautiful nature. 

Southern California has many great hikes to choose from. But, one of my personal favorites is in Claremont. 

The Claremont Loop is a 4.7-mile hike that offers some beautiful views. 

Note: As of April 2021, masks are required. If you are reading this in the future, they may not be. 


The Claremont Loop is located at 4031 N Mills Ave, Claremont, CA. 

There are two different parking lots, and both cost money. 

A single-use, four-hour parking permit costs $7.00 on weekends from opening to 10:00 am. 

All other days and times cost $5.00.

You can also buy an annual parking permit for $140


The trails hours vary based on the month

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.


Most people rate this hike as moderate. I completely agree. It’s not the hardest hike I have ever been on, but you will definitely get winded if you are out of shape. 


The hike offers many beautiful views, especially on sunny days.

Mountain Lions

I have never actually seen a mountain lion there, but you never know.


The amount of trash on the train is not as bad as many other Southern California trails. Hats off to the people of Claremont for keeping it mostly clean. 

It’s not perfect, though. I counted 8 discarded masks on the side of the trail. There is also a fair amount of dog poop.

If you hike here, please pick up your trash and pick up after your dog. Let’s all do our part to keep it beautiful. 

Other Information 

Dogs, horses, and bikes are all allowed. 

There are also restrooms available. There are porta-potties located at the entrance and in two spots on the trail. 

Be sure to bring your own water. There is little shade, so it can get pretty hot during the middle of the day. 

Final Thoughts

The Claremont Loop is an extremely popular hiking spot. It’s often quite crowded because of it. 

It is popular for a reason. 

  • It's affordable ($5-$7 for parking).
  • It’s difficult but manageable. 
  • It’s cleaner than many other locations in Southern California.
  • It has some truly amazing views. 

 Note: All photos by author. For more information, visit The City of Claremont’s website

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