Henninger Flats Trail

MODERATE 120 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
3343 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

birding

camping

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

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.

4 days 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
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hiking
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hiking
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backpacking
1 month ago

There is plenty of street parking for overnight backpacking. Took about 1 hour to hike the trail up from the TH to the campgrounds. I stayed in the lower campground as the city views were PHENOMENAL from there, and I was backpacking solo (the upper levels were more for camping groups and people that wanted to feel isolated). There is a ranger on site 24 hrs/day, and they also give free firewood. Also, there is a basic toilet, and water from a faucet out of the ground, but I packed in most of my water anyway. The only caveat for this site is to NOT HIKE UP when the temperatures are high, as there is literally zero shade the entire 3 miles up the rather steep fire road. Not fun at all when you are lugging a backpack and a gallon of water into camp.

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This one was a great workout. Total incline, be prepared. Go early as it gets got and almost no shade until you get to the top.

hiking
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3 months ago

It was a great hike all up hill. Great workout. When you reach the top it's like your walking into another dimension. The waterfall was nice but too crowded, go early and beat the crowd.

hiking
4 months ago