Henninger Flats Trail

MODERATE 129 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

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
5 days ago

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

hiking
19 days 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
1 month ago

Tough, felt never ending but greattttt workout!

1 month ago

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

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backpacking
1 month 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
1 month 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.

2 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!!

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backpacking
3 months 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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