Hiking South Hills Park Glendora And Peak 1212
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Hiking The South Hills Park Loop And Peak 1212

South Hills Park is a 200 acre park located in the city of Glendora. South Hills Park has a trail network used by hikers, trail runners, mountain bikers, and horseback riders. There are a few access points with trails to enter South Hills Park, but for this hike I started at South Hills City Park on Mauna Loa Ave.

South Hills Park is a 200 acre park located in the city of Glendora. South Hills Park has a trail network used by hikers, trail runners, mountain bikers, and horseback riders. There are a few access points with trails to enter South Hills Park, but for this hike I started at South Hills City Park on Mauna Loa Ave. The city park has a childs play area and a large fenced off dog park. The trailhead for this hike picks up right behind the dog park.

Hiking South Hills Park Glendora And Peak 1212
Hiking South Hills Park Glendora And Peak 1212

Directions And GPS Tracks:

Hiking South Hills Park Glendora And Peak 1212
South Hills Street Parking
Hiking South Hills Park Glendora And Peak 1212
Trail Starts Behind Dog Park

Key Points:

  • Distance: 3.2 miles
  • Elevation Gain: 689 ft
  • Minimum Elevation: 755 ft
  • Maximum Elevation: 1212 ft
  • Time: 1-2 hours
  • Difficulty: Beginner
  • Dog Friendly: Yes, on leash
  • Permit Required: No
  • Season: Year Round
  • Trail Condition: Well maintained trail

Make sure to hike with the right gear. See my current hiking gear list. 


Hike Map And Elevation Profile:

There are a lot of different hiking options in South Hills Park due to the number of trails. My favorite hike is an anti-clockwise loop around the perimiter of the park. It’s difficult to see the trails on Google Maps, so I drew my path over the PDF map provided by the city of Glendora.

Hiking South Hills Park Glendora And Peak 1212
South Hills Park Map And Trail Guide

Hiking South Hills Park Glendora And Peak 1212


Hike Description:

The trail for this South Hills Park Loop begins just behind the dog park. You can walk around on the west side of the dog park before heading south on the Toyon Trail. After about 300ft, the Toyon Trail splits. For this anti-clockwise loop, you’ll want to head right on the Wild Iris Trail.

Hiking South Hills Park Glendora And Peak 1212
Trailhead
Hiking South Hills Park Glendora And Peak 1212
Wild Iris To The Right

The Wild Iris Trail gains very gradually, but quickly offers hikers an overhead view of the city of Glendora. At about the .3 mile mark, the trail splits at an unmarked junction. You’ll want to stay right to loop around the west end of South Hills Park.

Hiking South Hills Park Glendora And Peak 1212
The Start Of Wild Iris
Hiking South Hills Park Glendora And Peak 1212
Views Of Glendora
Hiking South Hills Park Glendora And Peak 1212
Stay Right

At .6 miles the Wild Iris Trail wraps around a rectangular building and meets up with South Hills Mtwy, taking hikers past a wash.

Hiking South Hills Park Glendora And Peak 1212
Around The Building
Hiking South Hills Park Glendora And Peak 1212
The Wash

After leaving the wash behind, you’ll follow South Hills Mtwy for one mile before reaching the summit of Peak 1212. South Hills Mtwy starts with a little bit of asphalt and then splits, so keep left when you see the option to rejoin the dirt trail. On the South Hills Mtwy fire road, you’ll have views of Charter Oak to the south and Glendora to the north.

Hiking South Hills Park Glendora And Peak 1212
Keep Left
Hiking South Hills Park Glendora And Peak 1212
Southern Views
Hiking South Hills Park Glendora And Peak 1212
Looking Back With Lilly Charging Up

Hikers can begin to see views of Peak 1212 when they’re about .5 miles away. Just keep an eye out for a transmission tower facing south, and continue following the road. Along South Hills Mtwy you’ll pass junctions for Bonnie Cove, Mustard, and Alosta Canyon Trails. Ignore all of these, and continue on South Hills Mtwy towards Peak 1212 and the transmission tower ahead.

Hiking South Hills Park Glendora And Peak 1212
Peak 1212 Up Ahead
Hiking South Hills Park Glendora And Peak 1212
Glendora
Hiking South Hills Park Glendora And Peak 1212
Almost There

South Hills Mtwy wraps around the south end or Peak 1212 and it initially looks like there is no trail up to the summit. Don’t try to hike through the cacti, just keep following the road until a use trail appears. Peak 1212 doesn’t have a name as far as I know, so it holds the name of it’s elevation instead. You’ll find a cairn at the top and a few observation markers as well.

Hiking South Hills Park Glendora And Peak 1212
Through The Cacti
Hiking South Hills Park Glendora And Peak 1212
Observation Marker With Lilly
Hiking South Hills Park Glendora And Peak 1212
Summit Cairn

To leave the summit, don’t return the way you arrived. Look to the north of the summit and follow a use trail down to the Alosta Canyon South Fork. You’ll be just shy of hiking two miles when you join this trail.

Hiking South Hills Park Glendora And Peak 1212
Alosta Canyon South Fork Trail
Hiking South Hills Park Glendora And Peak 1212
Views Towards Glendora

The Alosta Canyon South Fork is my favorite stretch of trail on this hike. Leaving the wide fire road of South Hills Mtwy behind, the shaded single track of Alosta Canyon is a nice change. Follow the switchbacks to the bottom of the canyon. When the single track ends at 2.2 miles, you’ll leave the South Fork behind and meet the main Alosta Canyon Trail. Take a left hand turn and hike uphill.

Hiking South Hills Park Glendora And Peak 1212
Alosta Canyon
Hiking South Hills Park Glendora And Peak 1212
Looking Up
Hiking South Hills Park Glendora And Peak 1212
Alosta Canyon, Take A Left And Head Uphill

Stay on the Alosta Canyon trail for .3 miles until it joins up with the South Hills Mtwy. You will have seen this junction leading up to your loop around Peak 1212. Your time on South Hills Mtwy will be short, as you take a quick right hand turn onto the North Spur Trail.

Hiking South Hills Park Glendora And Peak 1212
Alosta Canyon Uphill
Hiking South Hills Park Glendora And Peak 1212
Back To South Hills Mtwy
Hiking South Hills Park Glendora And Peak 1212
North Spur Trail Up Ahead

Your time on the North Spur Trail will also be short, keep your eyes open for the Mustard Trail junction on your left. You’ll see a concrete mound up ahead with incredible views of Glendora.

Hiking South Hills Park Glendora And Peak 1212
Mustard Trail
Hiking South Hills Park Glendora And Peak 1212
View Point

Look to the right of the concrete mound and follow the trail downhill to continue on the Mustard Trail.

Hiking South Hills Park Glendora And Peak 1212
Heading Down Mustard Trail
Hiking South Hills Park Glendora And Peak 1212
Out Towards Toyon Trail

At 2.8 miles, you’ll reach the end of the Mustard Trail and make a hairpin turn to join the Toyon Trail.

Hiking South Hills Park Glendora And Peak 1212
Hairpin Turn For Toyon Trail
Hiking South Hills Park Glendora And Peak 1212
Toyon Trail Views

The Toyon Trail is the final stretch of hiking to bring you back to the trailhead. Take a right hand turn to continue back to the parking lot of South Hills City Park.

Hiking South Hills Park Glendora And Peak 1212
Toyon And Wild Iris Junction from the Toyon Trail
Hiking South Hills Park Glendora And Peak 1212
Back To South Hills Park

I hope you enjoy this loop trail through South Hills Park. As you can see from the trail map above, there are a lot of different options when hiking in this area, but this is my favorite. Feel free to leave me any thoughts or questions in the comments section below.


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I’m Drew, creator of Trail to Peak. Trail to Peak brings content to life on the web through breath-taking photography and captivating video. I launched Trail to Peak in 2014 with a goal to inspire readers to get outside and enjoy the great outdoors. I have traveled to 19 countries, walked Camino de Santiago, hiked the John Muir Trail, trekked through the Andes of Peru, and am constantly seeking new adventures in my home state of California. Joining me on my weekly adventures is my partner, Julia, our son, Owen, and our two goldendoodles, Isla and Lilly.

4 comments on “Hiking The South Hills Park Loop And Peak 1212

  1. hiking is so much fun… Lovely post.

  2. Lieurene Tran

    I live in Glendora for 10 years and haven’t even gone hiking in my backyard yet! Thank you for this! Now I have no excuses not to go hiking. By the way, love your blog 🙂 It’s been very helpful!

    • Thank you! So many great hikes in Glendora! I’m in Claremont, but just recently discovered the trails of Glendora. Have fun!

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