Hike to a 15-Foot High Pumpkin - Only One Hour Drive From Los Angeles

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Get in the Halloween spirit this weekend with this easy hike only one hour from Los Angeles

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(Los Angeles, CA) - If you are in a spooky mood, then you can not get more spooky than seeing a 15-foot high Pumpkin Rock as you drive along the highway from Los Angeles to Norco.

Only one hour from DTLA, there is nothing more for a spooky mood than the Pumpkin Rock Trail.

The rock itself is a giant boulder painted orange like a large jack-o-lantern.

It's painted in the style of Jack Skellington. If you remember Jack Skellington, or the “Pumpkin King” of Halloween Town, is from the quintessential spooky film, The Nightmare Before Christmas by Tim Burton.

The Pumpkin Rock's position on a ridge above Norco can be seen while driving down the highway. For locals around Norco, or those driving from Los Angeles, the giant pumpkin has become a landmark over the years. Even when it's not Halloween.

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Two main trails to reach the Pumpkin Rock for a Halloween hike

You will find it rated as an easy hike over 1.7 miles and takes about an hour to finish. It reaches 380 to 400 feet above sea level. Then you see the huge pumpkin laughing over the landscape.

1. Pikes Peak Park, 111 Sixth St, Norco, CA 92860, or

2. 3402 Vandermolen Dr, Norco, CA 92860

These are only two of the trails you can take. You will find many trails that will take you to the giant pumpkin on the hill. These are the two that are the most convenient.

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Here is what you can expect at the Pumpkin Rock trail

  • The park offers water and bathrooms.
  • There is usually plenty of parking.
  • It is dog friendly
  • Not so friendly for strollers
  • The park closes at sunset, so time yourself accordingly!
  • Pack water, a hat, sunscreen
  • Wear good walking shoes - it's a dusty trail and may be slippery
  • One hour drive from downtown Los Angeles

Hiking to the giant pumpkin is a fun day for the whole family and a healthy and spooky way to hike.

Have you hiked to Pumpkin Hill? I'd love to know in the comments.

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