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SGV Hikes and Bikes: Schabarum Trail Peak

11:47 AM PST on January 4, 2023

To start the year off, SBLA and SGV Connect are debuting a periodic series about trails in the San Gabriel Valley called SGV Hikes and Bikes. With many of these, you’ll obviously want to wait until it’s less muddy, but keep them filed away for a day off in the near future.

In this edition, we’ll look at the Schabarum Trail Peak, in what’s essentially the Southern boundary of the SGV (up above Peter F. Schabarum Regional Park in the Puente Hills). This is part of the nearly 30 mile Schabarum-Skyline Trail that runs from near San Dimas to Unincorporated Whittier, but let’s just focus on this much more digestible 1.7 mile hike.

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This dirt trail takes an hour to an hour-and-a-half roundtrip on foot, and is bike accessible. You begin near the horse stables in the back of the park. It’s just about a 400 foot climb to the “official” peak (it's roughly another 65 feet to the true peak, which is private property). Sights along the way include: the various hills and mountains that give the Valley its name, the Puente Hills Mall, the 60 Freeway, and the usual stoner detritus tucked here and there. Of course, be mindful that this is a rattlesnake and coyote habitat, and if you’re planning to bike it, there are some deep cracks in the trail to watch out for.

View of the San Gabriel Valley from the Schabarum-Skyline Trail in the Puente Hills. To the left is Little La Puente Hill, to the right are the San Jose Hills, and in the distance are the San Gabriel Mountains. Credit: Chris Greenspon/SBLA
View of the San Gabriel Valley from the Schabarum-Skyline Trail in the Puente Hills. To the left is Little La Puente Hill, to the right are the San Jose Hills, and in the distance are the San Gabriel Mountains. Credit: Chris Greenspon/SBLA
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Artist unknown. Credit: Chris Greenspon/SBLA
Artist unknown. Credit: Chris Greenspon/SBLA
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Approaching the Schabarum Trail Peak and KSSE radio tower from below. Credit: Chris Greenspon/SBLA
Approaching the Schabarum Trail Peak (L) and KSSE radio tower (R) from below. Credit: Chris Greenspon/SBLA
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KSSE's radio tower on Schabarum Trail Peak. Credit: Chris Greenspon/SBLA
KSSE's radio tower on Schabarum Trail Peak. Credit: Chris Greenspon/SBLA
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View of Schabarum Trail Peak. Credit: Chris Greenspon/SBLA
View of Schabarum Trail Peak. Credit: Chris Greenspon/SBLA
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Just before you reach the peak, the trail will fork into two paths: a gentle, family friendly curving slope, and a semi-steep stairway of dirt footholds beneath an electrical tower. At the top, you’ll be up close and personal with the power lines, a lot of scrub brush and the very cool, fenced-off radio transmitter site for 97.5 FM KSSE. From around it you can see much of the East SGV looking to the North, and La Habra and Whittier looking South.

Note: if you park a vehicle in the park, there are admission fees on weekends and holidays.

Streetsblog’s San Gabriel Valley coverage is supported by Foothill Transit, offering car-free travel throughout the San Gabriel Valley with connections to the Gold Line Stations across the Foothills and Commuter Express lines traveling into the heart of downtown L.A. To plan your trip, visit Foothill Transit. “Foothill Transit. Going Good Places.”

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