Little Canyon and Gilman Peak Loop

MODERATE 58 reviews
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Little Canyon and Gilman Peak Loop is a 6.1 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Yorba Linda, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, trail running, and nature trips and is best used from October until June.

Distance: 6.1 miles Elevation Gain: 1,217 feet Route Type: Loop

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nature trips

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views

wild flowers

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no dogs

Park at the Rim Crest Drive trailhead. For the 6-mile loop with Little Canyon, take South Ridge Trail east, Little Canyon Trail north, Telegraph Canyon Trail east, Sycamore Trail northeast, North Ridge Trail northwest, Gilman Trail southwest to the peak, continue southwest on Gilman Trail, Telegraph Canyon Trail west, and Easy Street Trail south back to the trailhead. For a 4-mile out-and-back instead, from the trailhead take Easy Street Trail north, Telegraph Canyon Trail east, Gilman Trail north to the peak, and reverse to get back to the trailhead. Nice wild flowers are on the South Ridge Trail and Gilman Trail.

hiking
3 months ago

The single track up to peak is very overgrown. Poor trail running but doable as a hike.

hiking
over grown
5 months ago

Gilman Trail from Telegraph Rd was completely overgrown. Fought through for 1/4 mile but had to turn back. Not worth the effort at this point.

hiking
over grown
6 months ago

Challenging fun hike today. Sycamore Trail is crazy overgrown with mustard and thistle, going though caves and into walls of vegetation with some thistle over 10’ high on both sides. An easier option is to just take Gilman Peak Trail both up and down.

hiking
7 months ago

The super bloom made this a beautiful as well as invigorating hike! The recent rains have caused the trail foliage to pop up and engulf you as you go, but the views are worth It.

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over grown
7 months ago

OVERGROWN Nice hike, great views. just be prepared for overgrown plants (as of 3/31/19) went there to trail run but could not run the whole route because of the brush

Be prepared to be bushwhacking

hiking
no shade
7 months ago

hiking
8 months ago

These trails are beautiful as they are lush from the recent rain. I’m definitely going back soon.

Great 3 season trail. I would not recommend during the summer as there’s zero shade. Very green and lush after the past 4 days of rain. Great views from the north ridge and the peak with all the major mountains and even Catalina visible on a clear day like today. Would take the trail again, but next time maybe head further east to San Juan hill. Happy trail hunting :)

hiking
no shade
9 months ago

Beautiful 360 views. We saw snow cap mountains and lush greens. The hike to the peak via Little Canyon is mostly uphill. On the way back, the trail directs you to go to Easy Street - don’t be fooled by the name. It took us about 3.5 hours with a break on the way to the Peak.

8.6 mile loop with 1742’ of elevation gain. From Rim Crest Dr trailhead, head east on South Ridge. At the top of the short uphill, take the small side trail north over the mountain to Telegraph Cyn Rd. Head east on Telegraph to the Gilman Peak Trail. Hike up to Gilman Peak and continue to North Ridge Trail. Take North Ridge Trail east to McDermont Trail. Hike south down McDermont back to Telegraph Cyn Rd. Take Telegraph to Little Canyon and back to South Ridge Trail. Take South Ridge back to Rim Crest Dr.

10 months ago

Nice trail with a challenging Gilman peak. Views from the top are great. 360 riverside/orange...

Tue Jul 17 2018

As previously said...very hot... make sure you go earlier in the day. Not very good signage...was confused on where to start for the Little canyon trail bc the starting point doesn't have that listed as one of the trails. Make sure you take screen shots of map before you enter trails ...not way to access the All Trails map once you get in the canyon. Bring lots of water...very little shade. Lots of poop on the trail too : (

hiking
Sat Jul 14 2018

On a hot day like today, be aware there is very little shade. I think this hike would have been totally different on a cooler day. Bring lots of water!!

Wed May 30 2018

Great hike! Nice views and a good workout. Lots of birds and small wildlife on the trail.

hiking
Fri Mar 24 2017

Gilman Peak is the second highest peak in Chino Hills State Park. The fastest way there is from the Rim Crest Drive trailhead in Yorba Linda (2 miles out and 2 miles back), however I like a little more workout so in winter and spring I take the South Ridge Trail to Little Canyon Trail, then Sycamore Trail to hit Gilman Peak from the east. This is a 6 mile loop.

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