Arroyo San Miguel Trail is a 3.6 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Whittier, California that offers the chance to see wildlife. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for hiking and trail running.
too much traffic and dry scenery
Lovely views, good terrain, quiet.
This is a fun little hike up off of Colima. It takes you through a tunnel that goes under Colima and there's some really nice scenery on the trail. Saw a few jack rabbits and plenty of birds, definitely a nice nature walk. Some mild inclines but definitely suitable for beginners. Would hike it again for sure.
Haven't done this trail yet, but noted that the trail is marked no dogs. They are not allowed due to habitat restoration.
Went on the trail around 6pm and did not see anyone on the trail, took my time taking pictures and I got back at sunset, 730pm.
A very good set of trails that has three paths. The short ones allow for dogs but it seems most owners (esp small dogs) don't pick up the poop and you'll see it a lot on those trails unfortunately. The trail to the right (no dogs) that crosses over Colima I would say is more intermediate with the inclines in elevation and wildlife but seems less as populated than the shorter trails. Parking is small and can get packed quick depending on the time of day but you can park across by the baseball field or church as mentioned. Overall it's a decent trail and I will be back more often.
This trail starts at the same place as the Arroyo Prescadero trail, but it is not a loop. You hike up to the top of the trail, then turn around and come back. Most of it is uphill and there is very little shade. That being said, this is a good training trail for working up to hikes that gain a lot of altitude, like mountain trails. The path is basically a fire road, so it is well kept. You will see a good variety of vegetation and critters. You will also see a few trails that lead off the normal path. Stay off these as they go into prohibited territory. Bring at least 1 bottle of water with you, and if it's hot, bring two.
This trail is not as popular as the Prescadero, but since both share the same starting point and the same parking lot, get there early. If get there and there are no more parking places, you can park in the church parking lot just down the hill, then walk up the road to the gated parking lot on the east side of the road. Once past the gate, there is a small trail that leads to the San Miguel trail (to the right) and to the Prescadero and Deer trails (to the left and through the tunnel).