Ready to get outdoors and have some fun? In addition to being rife with flora and fauna—and foothills—that’ll take your breath away, Claremont offers an abundance of both heart-pumping and leisurely activities, right at your fingertips.
You can use Claremont as your base camp to hike the majestic San Gabriel Mountains in the summer or ski some of the state’s best snow in winter, to explore vast wilderness preserves in and around the city, take challenging or leisurely bicycle rides along meandering trails, golf a new course every day, or to test your horseback riding skills.
Whatever it is you enjoy doing in the great outdoors, you can access it in mere minutes in Claremont.
Hiking and Scenic Tours
If you don’t want to venture too far, Claremont Hills Wilderness Park, less than ten minutes from the Claremont Village, offers a five-mile walking loop, along with smaller trails, right at the base of the San Gabriel Mountains. In addition to eyeing foothills drenched in green and magnificent mountain tops, hikers will find stunning views stretching to Downtown L.A., Catalina Island, and the Inland Empire basin.
Willing to take a 30 minute drive? A turn onto Mt. Baldy Rd. will take you on a journey into the canyons, ending at the Mt. Baldy Ski Lifts, which will allow you to ascend to the highest peak in L.A. County. Depending on the season, you can hike, mountain bike, zip-line, or partake in a wide variety of fun snow activities. And afterwards, you can dine, while ogling amazing vistas, at the Top of the Notch Restaurant & Bar.
Speaking of Mt. Baldy, many long-time Southern Californians will tell you it’s the best skiing anywhere after a hearty snowfall. In addition to Mt. Baldy Ski Lifts, you can drive around the mountain to the popular Mountain High Resort.
Spend the night in Claremont to get ahead of the crowds and return for an extra night to unwind and take that well-deserved massage. Who needs to rush when relaxation awaits?
If you’re a serious bike rider looking for a challenge, you can tackle the AMGEN Tour of California’s route to Mt. Baldy. Start at the Claremont Depot and head north…and start climbing!
Just looking to ride around town? Honored as a Silver Level Bicycle Friendly Community by the League of American Bicyclists, Claremont’s streets are ideal for bicycling. There are plenty of beautiful, quiet tree-lined streets with majestic views of historic homes to ride through. Plus, there are the town’s college campuses, which have all sorts of gorgeous buildings, lawns, and gardens to gawk over.
If mountain biking is more your thing, there are numerous trails and degrees of challenges, starting right inside Claremont at the foothills (at Claremont Hills Wilderness Park), or deeper into the Angeles National Forest. There are also lifts up to more mountain biking trails on Mt. Baldy.
At the Marshall Canyon Equestrian Center, just north of the city, you’ll find pony rides for youngsters along with guided trail rides into the nearby canyons that are full of wildflowers, streams, birds and other wildlife.
If a relaxing round of golf is what you’re after, you’ll love that a multi-day golf adventure can be accessed from Claremont in all directions.
Private courses that may offer visitors reciprocal privileges include Sierra La Verne Country Club, Red Hill Country Club and Glendora Country Club.