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Claremont Hills Wilderness Park

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The Claremont Hills Wilderness Park is located at the base of the San Gabriel Mountains and the Angeles National Forest.   

The Park offers a five mile walking loop and smaller trails. Parking for the park is available at parking lots on Mills Avenue and Mt. Baldy Road. Permits are required in the lots. Parking in the neighborhoods is restricted.

Park visitors should observe the rules and precautions of the Claremont Municipal Code.

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.

Visitors in violation of the hours may be subject to a citation. 

Wilderness Park Map 

 Wilderness Park Area Caution

Due to the recent heat and dry conditions, wild animals are approaching more neighborhoods near the foothills seeking food and water. Over the past few weeks, there have been various wild animal sightings in neighborhoods along the San Gabriel Mountain Range and in the CHWP. Animals sighted include rattle snakes, bears, deer, bobcats, coyotes, and mountain lions. If you see a wild animal, stay clear and do not approach.  If you need assistance, contact Claremont Police Department at (909) 399-5411. 

 Wilderness Warning

Heat Alert – Caring For Yourself and Your Pet When Hiking

The extreme heat in recent weeks has contributed to several cases of dehydration in hikers and dogs at the Wilderness Park. Extreme dehydration can lead to illness and death for you and your dog. Before beginning a hike or other physical activity in the City’s parks, please take a few precautions:

  • Make sure you and your pet are hydrated BEFORE beginning a hike.
  • Take plenty of water with you (the Wilderness Park does not have water fountains or restrooms with water).
  • Take water for yourself, as well as for your dog. The larger the dog, the more water you should bring
  • Avoid strenuous activity during the peak heat hours (mid-day).
  • Wear sunscreen and protective clothing to prevent exposure.
  • Carry a cell phone for emergency purposes.

Preparing for your hike will ensure you have a pleasurable experience in the Wilderness Park.

Wilderness Dog 

 CHWP Parking Fee Increase

Parking fees have changed for the Claremont Hills Wilderness Park and Thompson Creek Trail parking lots on Saturday and Sunday mornings. Parking lot fees for Saturday and Sunday mornings from opening until 10:00 a.m. are $5.00 for every four hours, and $3.00 for all other days and times.  Annual permits will remain valid in both lots at all times, and residential permits will remain valid at all times in the Thompson Creek Trail parking lot. These changes are part of the implementation of the Claremont Hills Wilderness Park Master Plan.  For more information, please contact Mark Manlapaz at (909) 399-5337 or by email at mmanlapaz@ci.claremont.ca.us, or Ali Martinez at (909) 399-5331 or by email at amartinez@ci.claremont.ca.us.

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