The Claremont Hills Wilderness Park will be closed from Friday, July 3 through Sunday, July 5 and will reopen on Monday, July 6.
The US Forest service has issued a fire danger alert for the Angeles National Forest Area this weekend. The fire danger, combined with anticipated record breaking crowds, COVID-19 concerns, and recent evidence of individuals setting off fireworks on the Mt. Baldy turnoffs, has led the City to make the decision to close the Wilderness Park. The Thompson Creek Trail will remain open. Please be advised that the City expects large crowds which may make remaining distant difficult. Masks are required on the trail. Extra staff and rangers will be on the trail to monitor the situation and advise walkers of the mask requirement.
Visitors to the trails will be expected to practice safe physical distancing, refrain from visiting if exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms, and wear a mask at the trailhead and in the parking lot. Hikers will be directed to walk, run, and ride in one direction on the Claremont Hills Wilderness Park five mile loop. The parking lots for the Wilderness Park will be open and parking permits will be enforced.
City staff and rangers will be monitoring the trails, and trailheads, and enforcing the safety protocols. Hikers and walkers are encouraged to bring plenty of water with them, as water fountains will be closed. Restrooms will be available at Higginbotham Park for the Thompson Creek Trail and at the lower level of the Wilderness Park loop. The porta potties on the higher level of the loop will be closed.
Attention CHWP 2020 Annual Pass holders:
Doggie Bag Dispenser Removal
Doggie bags will no longer be provided by the City at local parks. Doggie bag dispensers have been removed at the Pooch Park, Rancho San Jose Park, Thompson Creek Trail, Padua Avenue Park, and the Claremont Hills Wilderness Park. Park patrons will need to bring their own doggie bags. Please make sure to pick up after your dogs. Thank you for keeping the parks clean!
FOR EMERGENCY, CALL CLAREMONT POLICE
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.
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.
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 Annual Parking Permit
CHWP and TCT lots, $140
2019-21 Residential Parking Permit
TCT lot only, FREE for residents of Claremont
Wilderness Park Area Caution
During high heat conditions, wild animals will approach more neighborhoods near the foothills seeking food and water. 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.
Heat Alert – Caring For Yourself and Your Pet When Hiking
Extreme heat 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.