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Henninger Flats Trail is a 5.5 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.

Length 5.5 mi Elevation gain 1,410 ft Route type Out & Back

Dogs on leash

Backpacking

Camping

Hiking

Mountain biking

Running

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

No shade

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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.

Los Angeles County Fire Department, Forest Service 626-794-0675

From the Foothill Freeway (210) in Pasadena, exit on Lake Avenue. Turn north and continue to Altadena Drive. Make a right, continue about ten blocks , and look closely to your left. Turn left on Pinecrest Drive and wind a few blocks through a residential area to the trial-head. The trailhead is found in 2200 block of Pinecrest. You'll spot a lock gate where the trail starts

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Mitchell Gohman
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Hiking

Make reservations due to Covid here. The date on the registration is a bit misleading. If you click on the actual registration you will see they offer more days. Was booked up when I tried to schedule. https://apm.activecommunities.com/losangelescounty/Activity_Search?IsAdvanced=False&ddlSortBy=Activity+name&ActivityCategoryID=32&DaysOfWeek=0000000&SearchFor=2&SearchLevelID=2&NumberOfItemsPerPage=20&IsSearch=true

Emily Van Ness
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Hiking

Reservation required to hike due to Covid.

Molly O'Brien
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HikingGreat!No shade

Great trail, steep trail with little shade -- but spectacular views at the top.

Cami Hastings
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HikingClosed

Pinecrest Gate is closed due to COVID until further notice, as is Henninger Flats (including water, restrooms, and campgrounds) as of 6/13/20.

Zak Baron
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Hiking

Entrance closed, only way to access trail is via Eaton Nature Park. Extremely busy/crowded trail

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Heri Cajero
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HikingOver grown
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Ashley Mitchell
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HikingNo shade
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Juice D.
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HikingNo shade

A very steep and sunny hike. It’s a great workout, and the view is interesting the whole time. I really like the nice campground at the top. The neighborhood signs don’t allow parking on the weekends.

Esmeralda Oce
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up hill, dirt terrain, clear path stunning views..

Paige Fillion
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Hiking

The best little trail for a quick hike with a little elevation gain when you are short on time. Not crowded on weekdays. There is a flushing toilet up top and some great spots to sit and catch the view. The quaint little museum is filled with lots of ancient taxidermic native species. Kind of fun. You can let your dogs cut down to the water flowing out of Eaton Canyon when you finish. Something for everyone!

Kristoff Fajardo
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Hiking

Solo dolo... corona virus edition.. pasadena .. Henniger Flats Trail.

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Jenny Hughes
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Hiking

It’s been years but I’m glad this trails the same. Took about an hour each way, no stopping. Coming down even in darkness reminded me of when I used to live in Pasadena and do this hike all the time. One of my favorites, always.

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Chris Barkley
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Hiking

Very crowded and the trash kinda ruins the whole experience. And I guess people playing loud music while they hike is a thing. So, if you want to get out and experience peaceful nature, go somewhere else.

Erika Montoya
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HikingNo shade

I'm surprised I hadn't hike this trail although I'm always at eaton. This trail is just a fire road gradual uphill. Good for trail running.

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Tiffany Hill
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HikingNo shade
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David Derian
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HikingNo shade

Been going on this trail for many years. It takes approx 45 min to the top where you can camp or just enjoy views of the San Gabriel valley sitting on comfortable benches. Park at the last entrance to Easton canyon, if you park at the bottom it’s just a boring 2 mile hike added to the current hike. There’s water up top for humans and dogs. You can camp up top.

Ahlem Zobiri
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Hiking

very crowded in a week end, no shade i would advise to do it before 9am, beautiful and peacedul view on top, and a nice workout as well

Angela Giberti
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HikingNo shade
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Anton Seim
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Running

Fire road but a great view all the way up. Nice visitor center with nature trails at the top.

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Staci Skerbelis
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HikingNo shade

Nice walking trail, no shade. I advise dont hike in summer. Heatstroke and no shade. But overall very cool to walk to the top! Campground and surprise at the top!

Jason Claypool
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HikingNo shade

Good wide fire road for a straight up workout with expansive views, but there’s no shade or connection with nature.

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Cheri Smada
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HikingNo shade
Ariel Hudgins
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No shade
Chris Fusco
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HikingNo shade

About an hour hike up, 15 minute run down. Not much shade - started the hike about 2hr after sunrise. Pretty uneventful hike, just walking up a dirt fire road. Great views of the LA basin. Cute little campground at the top with plenty of tree coverage.

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Jocelyn Lopez
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HikingNo shade
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IG-hess_adventures @hess_adventures
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CampingNo shade

crowded, easy incline. The views are the only thing that makes it worth doing.

Joseph Pongwisooti
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Hiking

The trail doesn't have much shades. The view is pretty the same all the way up to the top. Once you get to the top, take time to explore different trails, it was quiet peaceful up there.

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MJ H.
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HikingBugsNo shade

Good beginner backpacking hike even with kids. Nice day hike as well. No shade and pretty much uphill all the way through so go either early morning or later in the afternoon. nice views. Some benches to stop and enjoy the view or rest.

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