I Tried Hiking; Let’s Summit All Up

Hi, it’s Kailee again! I’ve gotten the chance to go on a few hikes around Mudd these past few weekends, and here’s what I’ve found.

A woman in a purple dress stands and smiles at the camera

Kailee Lin, HMC ’21

Claremont Hills Wilderness Park

5 Mile Loop || Hike Time: 2-3 hours (note: all the hike times are at my moderate, fairly distracted walking pace)

We left Mudd at 6:30am and drove about 10 minutes to the Claremont Hills Wilderness Park. The trail was surprisingly alive in the morning both in terms of the people and families out and about, and the birds that were beginning to sing. We took the loop clockwise, so the first 3 miles are a not-too-steep uphill and the last two miles are a slightly steeper downhill. We saw lots of cool plants and birds and spiders along the way and it was a nice, simple hike that I would definitely recommend to anyone looking to just get out in nature for a bit.

LEFT: A hillside disappearing into thick fog. RIGHT: A hillside with wildflowers and two hiking paths and a foggy sky in the background.

LEFT: It was pretty foggy the entire way, and it was amazing how the hills in the distance would kind of just disappear into the fog. At the top of the hills you could even see wisps of fog as they moved in front of your face. RIGHT: There were all sorts of wildflowers in bloom that dotted the hillsides in splashes of white and purple and orange.

San Antonio Falls

1.5 Miles Round Trip || Hike Time: 1 hour

To get to the San Antonio Falls trail, it is about a 30-40 minute drive from Mudd up into Mount Baldy. The route up is pretty steep and windy with quite a few hairpin turns, but the views are beautiful and such a nice change from the scenery of a college campus. The trail itself is paved all the way until the lookout point from which you can see the falls. If you want to actually get to the falls, continue up the unpaved path for about 30 feet, although there’s one part that is a little bit sketchy (bottom right photo). At the bottom of the falls is a little pool and a small creek that would be the perfect place for a little picnic or splash in the water. Around the water we saw wildlife ranging from birds to spiders to butterflies.

LEFT: A waterfall with a person at the bottom. RIGHT: A rocky creek with shrubbery in the background.

LEFT: A view of San Antonio Falls. RIGHT: The creek that runs from San Antonio Falls.

LEFT: Mountains with trees, shrubs, and tall yellow flowers. RIGHT: A slanted unpaved rocky path.

LEFT: The mountains surrounding San Antonio Falls, with many Yucca plants in bloom (the tall, pale yellow flowers). RIGHT: The one section of non-paved hiking path which seemed a little bit daunting to pass but was not as bad as we thought it would be.

North Etiwanda Falls and Preserve Loop

5 Mile Loop || Hike Time: 3 Hours

We hiked this loop heading straight up into the mountains first and then curving our way back down, so the first third of the hike up to the falls was a fairly steep uphill. When we got the the falls, to the left there was a dirt path along one of the streams through some trees, which you can follow for a couple hundred feet to get to another waterfall. The rest of the loop is mostly a moderate downhill that takes you quite far out before turning back towards the trailhead. There wasn’t much shade along the way, but there were lots of beautiful wildflowers and tons of lizards sunbathing out on the path. We even saw a quail and her chick!

A panorama of a small waterfall and a rocky hillside.

A panorama of the North Etiwanda Falls.

LEFT: Waterfall into shady rock bed. CENTER: Bright yellow flower on green hillside with blue sky. RIGHT: Small light pink and white wildflowers.

LEFT: The “secret” waterfall further down the trail. CENTER: A bright yellow wildflower in bloom. RIGHT: A patch of blooming wildflowers.