Henninger Flats Trail

MODERATE 260 reviews

Henninger Flats Trail is a 5.1 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Pasadena, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 5.1 miles Elevation Gain: 1,358 feet Route Type: Out & Back

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no shade

Fire road, easy hike/bike, nice views. The hike to Henninger Flats is on a fire road with no shade. Therefore, hike very early during the summer. There are nice views of LA if you happen to hike after a rain storm or a windy day. Scenery is nice when you reach the Flat. There is a Nature center, a picnic area and public campground set amid trees. Visitors can start at the gate on Pinecrest Drive. Although the trail looks closed with a gate, there is an opening for hikers/mountain bikers to enter. There is limited parking at the trailhead. Please be respectful of the neighbors.

hiking
no shade
25 days ago

hiking
1 month ago

Fire road and very exposed to the sun. Straight Incline for most of the way. Good workout but tedious.

hiking
no shade
1 month ago

Good work out, but very exposed.

hiking
no shade
2 months ago

Really nice and steady climb with a shady campground at the end. Just lovely. Lots of birds and lizards on the route.

hiking
3 months ago

start this hike early..especially in the summer. little to no shade most of the way. plus parking can get crowded. great hike though.

backpacking
blowdown
no shade
washed out
3 months ago

Overall a great hike. The trail is washed out along the way and I actually sprained my ankle cause of it but you just have to watch where you step. Has a great campground with amazing views.

hiking
3 months ago

This trail is peaceful and wide open with views of LA the whole way up. It’s pretty easy at a steady pace and the campground is green and pretty, picnic tables, bathrooms. . Nice place to take a little break if continuing on to Mt Wilson or before heading back down. Best to do this one as early as possible to avoid the trail thugs and ghetto blasters. (I’d love it if people would clean up their dog shit and pack out all their trash and not scream while on the trail!)

hiking
bugs
no shade
3 months ago

hiking
bugs
no shade
3 months ago

went 4/1/19, fun. slope elevation, small flies closely followed me, no shade on trail, would do it again for the view at the top

hiking
3 months ago

Definitely a lot easier than moderate. Still a gorgeous view!

hiking
no shade
3 months ago

3 months ago

it's fun trail hiking up is a good workout.

perfect conditions today in the mid 60s and cloudy

hiking
no shade
3 months ago

This is a really pleasant workout type of trail. It’s almost all uphill to top and downhill back. Really pretty views though.

backpacking
4 months ago

Did this as a beginner backpacking trip and it was excellent. The trail up is wide and gradually uphill, by no means a cakewalk, but not a challenge either. The campground is outstanding. We went on a Friday night so we were all alone at the lower campground, which I imagine is rare in the warmer months (even rarer, a clean campground bathroom!) The view was wonderful and definitely felt unique.

4 months ago

nice when the clouds drop low enough to walk through them. good hike.

5 months ago

Good for a night hike.Wide easy to follow toll road.Nice view of City.

hiking
no shade
5 months ago

This is a great training trail. It’s a complete grind and there’s little to no recovery stretches. Essentially you’re going up the entire time. Very little shade until you get to the top. Also little pee privacy if you are a girl. It’s a great workout and there’s very pretty views of the city going up the hill. You are hiking on a service road the entire time until you get to a campground at the top. The campgrounds are really pretty and a nice place to relax after the hike up. Explore. Also you’ll run into a lot of mountain bikers. The day I went hiking the fire department was actually maintaining the roads after the recent rain. The service road is comfortable to hike. I would recommend poles to keep your back straight going up and protect your knees going down. Other than that you don’t need them.

hiking
5 months ago

Alllllll uphill. But gradual—real butt kicker. But then allllll down hill from the flats. Lots of loose gravel and rocks on the fire road —so watch out.

hiking
no shade
5 months ago

Our new favorite trail. The stiffness was just right, not too stiff or to plat. Wide path, which gave you a safer feeling. People also bike here. And also, if you go down the path, you can reach the water. The view was amazing too. Especially with the bench.

hiking
rocky
scramble
5 months ago

hiking
6 months ago

Great hike, steady up-hill the entire way up, back down was very easy. Beautiful views the entire way. Will definitely go again.

6 months ago

This Hike was challenging for me cause of the 3 miles uphill but I made it and it was totally worth it. Beautiful views.

6 months ago

excellent training Trail

6 months ago

this was a steady incline on a fire Road all the way to Henninger Flats if you measure it from the Eaton Canyon Nature Center parking lot it's 8.2 miles round trip if you park on the street you can cut almost two miles off of that some beautiful views from the top a lot of pine trees and solitude

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