Local Hikes and Nature Trails: Enjoying the Great Outdoors Near Pacific Palms

When you plan your trip to L.A., there's no doubt that you'll want to check out all the gorgeous natural areas the land around Pacific Palms Resort has to offer. Schaubarum Skyline Trail and Hacienda Hills Trailhead Steep Canyon Trail are two of the area's most popular hiking spots--for good reason.

Schaubarum Skyline Trail is one of the reasons why hiking in L.A. is so popular. At nearly 30 miles long, you'll get the workout you want while enjoying the gorgeous views of Los Angeles. You're more than welcome to bring a leashed dog, and horseback riding and mountain biking are also permitted. This connector trail offers an elevation gain of over 1,100 feet, allowing you to get a serious workout. The biggest elevation changes are at the beginning and end of the trail, so you'll be able to get a great sweat in no matter where you get started.

Looking for a Faster Option?

We've got you. The Steep Canyon Trail located at the Hacienda Hills trailhead is perfect for hikers--and you'll find a fully accessible trail area, plenty of parking, and water and restroom areas at the start of the trail. Be sure not to plan your workout too early, as the trail isn't open until 9 am. At just 1.6 miles long, you may find that you're up for more than one loop. For most hikers, this trail takes about an hour to complete (you might want to allow a little more time, as the hike does get quite steep in some areas). Be sure to bring your dog along--as long as they're on a leash, they're more than welcome to join you.

Powder Canyon is one of the most well-known hiking spots in L.A., and you'll see why as soon as you get moving. At 6.5 miles, this loop offers some challenges--you'll experience an elevation gain of nearly 1,300 feet. On average, it takes hikers a little bit more than three hours to complete the hike. The tough route is well worth the mountain views you'll get to enjoy along the way. Don't forget to pack a lunch--you'll find several great spots to stop and enjoy a picnic along the way.

Looking for a Shorter Hike?

You'll want to check out Sycamore Canyon Park Trail, a 1.6 mile loop with an elevation gain of just over 600 feet. You'll get plenty of breaks from the California sun as you make your way through the shade of oak and sycamore trees. While the trail is quick, you'll still get a good sweat--you'll find that the trail ends with a 22% grade followed by a staircase leading to the Diamond Bar Boulevard trailhead. The loop is popular with both runners, mountain bikers, and hikers alike, and you're more than welcome to enjoy the trail with your leashed dog.

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