Henninger Flats Trail

MODERATE 136 reviews
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Henninger Flats Trail is a 12.4 mile lightly trafficked loop 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
12.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
3015 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

backpacking

birding

camping

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

no shade

Fire road, easy hikebike, 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.

hiking
9 days ago

backpacking
18 days ago

Great trail with campsite to test out new gear. There's a soda machine in the museum / sign in (If staying overnight, just ring the doorbell to have the attendant come down to give you a fire permit). There's usually scouts at the camp but I haven't had a problem finding a spot to setup my hammock. I usually camp at the upper camp and the last time I was there, there was a homeless squatter in a red tent.

hiking
18 days ago

1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful Views. Awesome Camps! The hike was brutally perfect, and my tan. superb.

hiking
2 months ago

Not a hike as much as a switchback fire road. Go in the early morning since there is no tree coverage until the end. If you have them, bring your hiking poles. Pretty views of the city and a couple lookout points with benches.

hiking
2 months ago

it my first time there everything is good but only have 3 restrooms first

hiking
3 months ago

Meh, It's a fire road with no shade (go early, when it's cool or overcast) and views of the city. Not really a proper "hike" but a great workout since it's straight up.

hiking
3 months ago

Tough, felt never ending but greattttt workout!

3 months ago

This was by far a great workout!!! Uphill no breaks no shade, go early to beat the heat.

3 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

backpacking
4 months ago

This is a short but all up hill hike along a dirt road. It's not very scenic other than views above the city. This is a good hike for a work out. Or a quick easy backpack trip or test out new gear or learn how to backpack. Go early in the morning or late afternoon because during the peak of the day is no shade and it gets HOT!

At Henniger Flats there are campsites for free. Check in with ranger.

Bring water! There is NO WATER along trail or up at campgrounds.

Park on neighboring streets make sure to read parking signs.

camping
4 months ago

Not sure sure how hiking up a fire road to a well-manicured campground, equivalent to that of a car-camping site, can really be called "backpacking." There are people that love California sushi rolls, too.

4 months ago

This hike offers a great workout with a steady 3 mile climb on a wide, well groomed, highly trafficked gravel path. The incline makes this a moderately difficult hike, but the path itself is suitable for all. The hike offers great views that overlook Pasadena and beyond and hikers can enjoy a snack or even overnight tent camping at the top (Henninger Flats). The top is well shaded and there are a few historical monuments at the top to explore before heading back down the hill. Proximity to Pasadena, ease of parking, and the great workout factor make this hike one to enjoy repeatedly. If I didn't live nearby, I might opt for other, more technical or less traveled paths to enjoy as this one is well used by locals. Reminder: Go early on hot days and don't park on Pinecrest...they were ticketing today!!

camping
4 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

5 months ago