Sycamore Canyon Trail

EASY 176 reviews

Sycamore Canyon Trail is a 3.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Whittier, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE
3.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
311 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

views

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

Preserve hours are 9am-5pm (Oct-May) 9am-6pm (June-Sept) No dogs or bikes are allowed at at this trailhead.

2 months ago

good walk with the kids

3 months ago

Get beginners route!

hiking
3 months ago

Good hike for beginners and kiddos!

6 months ago

nice but yes too much dog poop all over the trail

hiking
9 months ago

I've been coming here for the past two years but I've lived in this area for over 20 years. I wish I'd known about this fantastic trail filled with all forms of nature and beautiful terrain. Great hiking when feeling not so much like mountain hiking. There is tons of poison oak so stay on the trail. I usually feel safe coming here by myself taking photography shots. Just always be aware of your surroundings, that's all I have to say about safety.
Love this place! :)

9 months ago

I love that it’s kid friendly.

hiking
10 months ago

This was my second trip here. I came with my 3 boys yesterday (ages 15, 11 & 6) They loved it! It's not hard, however we did not go up the mountain on Sycamore and continued on Dark Canyon instead. It's a nice workout still but will have to make that trip up the mountain myself soon. For the last 3 weeks, I had been walking inside Rose Hills cemetery and even though I love it there, Sycamore is my new favorite. Except for the poop here and there, it's great! It's very peaceful here!

11 months ago

We drove around for 10 minutes and still couldn't find the entrance. Never going to this cemetery again.

hiking
Monday, July 10, 2017

If you're out of shape and there's really hot weather, bring a lot of water! First time I hiked this last winter it was a breeze up and down. Hiked this again yesterday afternoon with the addition of taking on Skyline Drive and checking out the Sycamore water tower as well as the Turnbull water tower--I felt like I had just hiked Mt. Baldy again. But it was definitely worth it! Be prepared and stay hydrated, folks!

hiking
Wednesday, June 07, 2017

Great hike. A bit smelly at the start, but it does go away. The switchbacks totally kicked my butt but loved it when I got to the top. You can then go right, which is to the nearest water tower which is a nice view of the city.

I head left onto Rattlesnake Ridge Trail, if you want to extend your hike, heading to the Turnbull Water Tower. There are other trails that will combine into Rattlesnake. Once near the water tower you can either head up the steep hill or take a left for a much flatter path to the water tower. Here you well get a beautiful view of a Temple. Once a the water tower, give your self a break and enjoy the beautiful view.
I always that the flatter path back, to the right.

Total hike from Sycamore to the Water Tower and back about 7 miles.

hiking
Sunday, June 04, 2017

love the steps and the loop right after

hiking
Saturday, June 03, 2017

Sycamore canyon trailhead up the switchback; make a right onto Skyline drive to go toward the water tower and a view of the city. The trail continues past the tower mainly downhill into residential area. No shades.

hiking
Thursday, April 27, 2017

Its was easy but it still was fun... saw lizards, snakes

hiking
Saturday, April 08, 2017

Snakes

Thursday, April 06, 2017

Great atmosphere!!

hiking
Friday, March 17, 2017

I love this trail, nestled in the Whittier hills. Beautiful in the spring, cool creek running throughout. Last Thursday we saw mule deer, squirrels, frogs, coyote pups and lizards aplenty. The hill at the end is a serious workout.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Secluded and peaceful

Saturday, March 11, 2017

At this moment in season this trail is wildly vivid with snakes, you must be very vigilant of your surroundings..

hiking
Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Fablous

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Up loaded a picture of the switchbacks.. One if my Favorite Trails

hiking
Saturday, December 03, 2016

Amazing rows of cacti leading you to amazing trees. Absolutely beautiful and easy to moderate as you choose.

Thursday, October 27, 2016

nice walk

hiking
Tuesday, September 06, 2016

Good beginner trail for the kiddos

hiking
Wednesday, August 24, 2016

great trail. go to the right at the end for an amazing uphill finish. first half is easy, good warm up.

walking
Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Easy trail with a few mild hills. Not too strenuous. Good for beginners and kids. Beware of coyote scat all over the trail, though. If you are quiet and careful enough you may even see a few deer like I did today!

hiking
Saturday, July 09, 2016

My kids and I had a great time. We got to see squirrels, birds, lizards, beetles and one snake and we heard frogs down by the water. Very easy. My kids are 5, 8, 10 and we went to end and back in about 1 hr 45 min.

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Nice trail. Deer rabbits and birds. Watch for irresponsible pet owners on this No Dogs trail.

hiking
Sunday, April 24, 2016

Great hike to get back into the game after not having been for a long time! I Definitely recommend this trail

Sunday, April 10, 2016

No dogs allowed!!!!

hiking
Sunday, April 10, 2016

Great "starter hike" for testing gear and young kids. Whittier Audubon hosts bird walks here on a regular basis as well. Note: no bikes or dogs allowed on this trail.

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