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CHWP & TCT Parking Permits

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Visitors to the Claremont Hills Wilderness Park (CHWP) and Thompson Creek Trail (TCT) are encouraged to purchase permits for parking in lots near the park, as street parking is limited in the neighborhoods surrounding the park and parking regulations are strictly enforced.

Everyone utilizing the CHWP and TCT parking lots is expected to adhere to the Claremont Hills Wilderness Park & Thompson Creek Trail Parking Permit Policy.

CHWP & Thompson Creek Trail Parking Fee Changes 

The City of Claremont values customer service and maintaining park access for all to enjoy. As part of the City’s recently adopted Fee Schedule, parking fees for the Claremont Hills Wilderness Park (CHWP) and Thompson Creek Trail (TCT) parking lots have changed effective October 1, 2018.

Fees and use are authorized as follows:

Single Use Four Hour Parking Permit

Available at CHWP and TCT lots

Saturdays and Sundays Opening to 10:00 am, $7.00

All Other Days and Times, $5.00


2019 CHWP Annual and Resident Parking Permits – Now Available!

Permits are now available at the Alexander Hughes Community Center. 


2019 Annual Parking Permit

January 1 – March 31:  $140

April 1- June 30:  $105

July 1 – September 30:  $70

October 1 – December 31:  $35


2019-21 Residential Parking Permit 

TCT lot only, FREE for residents of Claremont



Permits, Parking Lots & Costs (effective October 1, 2018)

Permit Type
North Lot
South Lot
Permit Information
 No  Yes

Residents of Claremont are eligible for two (2) permits per household, valid for three (3) years


Students enrolled at the Claremont Colleges are eligible for one (1) permit, valid for three (3) years

Annual Visitor
 Yes  Yes

Available to both residents and other visitors.  May be renewed each January; cost may be pro-rated.

Temporary (Metered)
 Yes  Yes

Available in four (4) hour increments at the parking lot meters. 

 $7 (Sat/Sun mornings until 10 a.m.)



(all other times)



North Lot:  CHWP parking lot; North Mills Avenue
South Lot:  TCT parking lot; northeast corner of Mills Avenue and Mt. Baldy Road


Residents:  Apply in person with proof of residency
Students:  Apply in person with current Claremont College student ID and valid car registration
Annual Visitor:  Apply by mail or in person
Temporary (Metered) Parking:  Use parking meters in the CHWP and TCT lots

APPLICATIONS ACCEPTED AT:  Alexander Hughes Community Center


General Rules & Warnings

  • Possession of a parking permit does not guarantee a parking space.
  • Failure to purchase/display a parking permit or exceeding the four-hour parking limit may result in a parking citation.
  • Cars left in the lots after the park is closed will be ticketed.
  • The City of Claremont is not responsible for fire, theft, accident, loss or damage to any vehicle or other property while in the CHWP or TCT parking lots. 

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