Gale Mountain Loop

MODERATE 13 reviews

Gale Mountain Loop is a 4.5 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Claremont, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 4.5 miles Elevation Gain: 823 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

partially paved

views

wild flowers

wildlife

no shade

hiking
11 days ago

This trail is a shorter version of the Johnson Pasture trail, mentioned separately on AllTrails. From the parking lot as identified on the map, 0.6 mile on the Thompson Creek trail, paved and flat as can be, then turn left and bear right right after you turn, up a little hump on the path and you’ll be on the trail as identified.. Another 0.3 miles and you are at the junction—going right (doing the loop counterclockwise, takes you on a killer paved uphill fire road which starts steep and gets steeper! Really the only good thing about this trail if a workout is the goal. Up the road (less than a mile) you are at the radio/telephone towers area. Continuing from there is a little more interesting—dirt road with some trees and bushes. Finish the loop and you’ve had a decent, though not all that challenging, workout. Doing the loop clockwise is easier, I think, as you’d be going down the steep paved road. Either direction, back on Thompson trail to the parking lot. Okay to kill a couple of hours. The whole trail is sun-exposed, though, with little shade anywhere.

15 days ago

Very nice grade change & wide path. Good option in shirt time.

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muddy
29 days ago

entrance to trail from parking lot for Thompson creek trail and opposite the horse staging area. I took the gravel road up and turned back to go down half way to avoid the paved road on the other side. nice little hike to get the blood pumping!

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rocky
2 months ago

TIME: Sat. afternoon hike. CAR: Pretty easy to drive up to the trail. NOT so easy to park. See PARKING... PARKING: Parking in the area is for residents only. Need to park far away before you actually get to the Claremont Wilderness. CELL/MOBILE SERVICE: Had Verizon coverage the entire time. GEAR: Day pack, brought tracking pole but didn't use it. I went through/ran out of 1.5L of water for myself. HEADS UP: There is a strange entrance to the trial. It's to the left of a chain link fence. If you don't follow the red app line in, you might end up walking through a residential gate if its open - I did. When you get to the left or right loop direction - I suggest start up the left loop side. The incline seems less and I always find it easier to go up rocky paths than down them. The right loop seems steeper and is paved - so easier to come down. SHADE: There are very few shaded areas on either side of the front of the loop. There are areas around the back of the loop. ENVIRONMENT: Low hill-side wilderness. When there's been rain, there's lush, rolling grasses. Back loop has many tall beautiful trees. The left loop near the front is lined with electrical towers - interferes with panoramic pictures. WILDLIFE: Didn't see any wildlife. BUGS: Saw beautiful butterflies. When stopped and resting, gnats would catch up and annoy. LEVEL OF DIFFICULTY: Headed up and down the loop wasn't easy but the mid/back loop was lovely and easy. NUMBER OF PEOPLE ON TRAIL: Saw about a dozen people including a couple mountain bikers. TRAIL FEATURES: Beautiful panoramic views of the inland empire. When its clear (and it was) - could even see LA! LOOK OUT FOR: Two seating benches - one left, mid loop and one in the mid-back. PRO: A large variety of wild flowers. CON: The parking thing was ridiculous. It adds another mile to the hike just to park and GET to the loop. DOG: Took my 7 month old puppy so we had to take it easy. Hiked half the time and rested half the time. Worth it though, lots of little chances to be present to the surrounding beauty.

hiking
3 months ago

With stroller. Took the paved service road (right fork) up Gale Mountain and came down the dirt road (left fork) on the next hill to the west with a stop in Johnson's Pasture. The first and last 1/3's were rough with the stroller, but the meadows halfway in were a nice spot to catch your breath. There's a mountain bike trail leading north into Marshall Canyon that gives a view of the hillside with a community down at the bottom but it deteriorates quickly. I think it's Camp Joseph Paige in there but it's inaccessible from where I was.

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