Located in the Puente Hills, and managed by the Puente Hills Habitat Preservation Authority, Hellman Park offers trails into some of the most beautiful habitat in the area. Hike the trails on either side of the reservoir. Both trails are very aerobic up the mountainside taking you on a loop trail to the ridgeline overlooking Sycamore Canyon, a beautiful view. Along the way you will see a large collection of California brittlebush, a Sunflower family member with large yellow flowers in the spring. On a good day Catalina Island and downtown Los Angeles are observable.
Great workout. I do this pretty often when I want to get a good hike in close by. You park off 7th and Orangegrove in Hacienda Heights. After a quarter mile walk up the gravel road, I branch off to the left up the Coyote trail. There's pretty good elevation gains that can tire you out if you're not ready for it. The trail has a lot of switch backs. Once you get to the top of the first hill, at the electric towers, you can start heading back down toward where you started, OR you can decide to complete the beast and take the half mile level walk to the next set of hills, which are larger, with more elevation gains and switchbacks. I like the second part better because it's far more beautiful. It's a lot more foresty (I know that's not a word, but you get it.) overall the trail is mostly shade covered, with the long middle stretch out in the open. It's a really good workout and comes in around 5-6 miles.
I really enjoyed this hike. Beautiful and just challenging enough for a moderate work out. However, I hiked the coyote hills trail and about a mile and half up the hill, I saw a group of 4 coyotes together. I was alone with my dog, so we turned around. I would only come back with a group.
Have been hiking this trail for 4 years and never tire of the hills that really get my heart pumping. At the starting point off Greenleaf and Orange you are hiking uphill for a good 3/4 of a mile. Elevation is not for the faint of heart. Prior to hitting the first big hill, there is a trail that veers around the mountain to the left which has an easier incline or you can take a trail to the right which takes you back down to the parking lot. There are lots of options once you reach the top of the first hill...more hills, more trails. The trail will be closing on Weds. the 18th for repairs for about 2 months so time to locate another trail. Maybe once Hellman reopens I'm hoping it won't be as congested as it has been and people will leave their pooping dogs at home.
limited parking on site. Be careful to park on the side streets as most nearby streets are for residents only but the streets on the other side of Beverly are OK to park. Moderate hike with many small hills to add for extra endurance. Hike without headphones so you can hear the bikers coming from behind.
O'L School & Son A. on Hellman Trails
OK trail Watch out for bikes comming downhill
Great for early morning hike with the rising sun! Hiked on a Sunday and very popular for hikers, bikes, and dogs. Even though there were many people on the trail, it did not impede our hike. Views are spectacular, sky so clear you could see the snow capped mountains!