Hiking The Michael D Antonovich Trail
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Hiking The Michael D Antonovich Trail

The Michael D Antonovich Trail is a short and level hike featuring lots of shade and stream crossings. Located right off of the 57 Freeway in San Dimas, this hike is surrounded by densely populated suburbs. Despite the fact that you can see a few houses and ranches while hiking, the seclusion of this trail can make you feel a world away.

The Michael D Antonovich Trail is a short and level hike featuring lots of shade and stream crossings. Located right off of the 57 Freeway in San Dimas, this hike is surrounded by densely populated suburbs. Despite the fact that you can see a few houses and ranches while hiking, the seclusion of this trail can make you feel a world away. In it’s entirety, the Michael D Antonovich Trail is 6.5 miles long with a mere 440ft of elevation gain. A perfect outing for those days when you want to get outside for a hike, but don’t want to burn your legs down on steep uphill climbs.

Hiking The Michael D Antonovich Trail


Directions And GPS Tracks:

Hiking The Michael D Antonovich Trail
Trailhead
Hiking The Michael D Antonovich Trail
Parking

Key Points:

  • Distance: 6.5 miles
  • Elevation Gain: 440 ft
  • Minimum Elevation: 573 ft
  • Maximum Elevation: 907 ft
  • Time: 2 hours
  • Difficulty: (1/5)
  • Dog Friendly: Yes, on leash
  • Permit Required: No
  • Season: Limited space near trailhead
  • Trail Condition: Many stream crossings
  • Cell Phone Reception: Very good

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


Hike Map And Elevation Profile:

Hiking The Michael D Antonovich Trail

Hiking The Michael D Antonovich Trail


Hike Description:

0.0 Miles- From the trailhead on S San Dimas Ave, the out-and-back Antonovich Trail begins with a semi steep downhill before leveling out for the rest of the hike. Since there are so many stream crossings, at times you may have to leave the main trail and look upstream to find suitable places to cross. This is especially the case this year with the rains we’ve received. In summer or in drought years, the stream crossings aren’t much of an issue.

Hiking The Michael D Antonovich Trail
Starting Downhill
Hiking The Michael D Antonovich Trail
Leveling Out

Make sure you bring shoes that provide good traction on smooth and wet rock. You may also want to bring trekking poles for extra balance and support while rock hopping over streams. There are four crossings in the first .5 miles.

Hiking The Michael D Antonovich Trail
Crossing Over
Hiking The Michael D Antonovich Trail
Rock Hopping
Hiking The Michael D Antonovich Trail
One More Puddle Jump

0.9 Miles- The trail crosses the road that leads to the Buddhist Tzu Chi foundation.

Hiking The Michael D Antonovich Trail
Tzu Chi Road
Hiking The Michael D Antonovich Trail
Another Crossing

Just after the road for the Tzu Chi Foundation the trail passes through a staging are for horses. This is a popular area for equestrians. Pass through the staging area to the trail on the other side and follow the trail that now runs creekside.

Hiking The Michael D Antonovich Trail
Staging Area
Hiking The Michael D Antonovich Trail
Creekside

1.2 Miles- You’ll reach the junction for the South Spur Antonovich Trial. You can take either trail and end up back on the correct path. I like to take a right here to continue hiking on flat land past a few horse stables. Taking a left has more of an uphill climb that I like to save for the return hike. At 1.7 miles, you’ll meet back up with the South Spur Trail.

Hiking The Michael D Antonovich Trail
South Spur Junction
Hiking The Michael D Antonovich Trail
Stables

1.9 Miles- You’ll come across another side trail option, this time for the Antonovich Oak Loop Trail. This loop has a nice little climb to it that gives hikers nice views of the San Gabriels in the north. You can also skip this loop and just continue hiking on the main Antonovich Trail.

Hiking The Michael D Antonovich Trail
Oak Loop Trail
Hiking The Michael D Antonovich Trail
Views North

2.3 Miles- When you finish the Oak Loop Trail, you’ll be right back where you started and can continue on the main Antonovich Trail. You’ll cross another stream and then pass through another staging area. The trail picks up on the far side of the staging area.

Hiking The Michael D Antonovich Trail
Concrete Crossing
Hiking The Michael D Antonovich Trail
Staging Area 2

After the staging area the trail is hard to describe, but easy to follow. There are a few sections were the trail forks only to meet back up again shortly after. Just continue heading southwest on the designated trails.

Hiking The Michael D Antonovich Trail
Forest 1
Hiking The Michael D Antonovich Trail
Forest 2

2.8 Miles- You’ll pass under the bridge for E Puente St.

Hiking The Michael D Antonovich Trail
E Puente St

3.3 Miles- You’ll cross over the Suzanne Ellen Fetters Bridge. This is the end of the hike for this guide, and a good point to turn around and hike back the way you arrived. The trail continues on for another quarter mile into residential properties from here, and it is not worth the extra effort.

Hiking The Michael D Antonovich Trail
Bridge
Hiking The Michael D Antonovich Trail
Staging Area

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.

2 comments on “Hiking The Michael D Antonovich Trail

  1. Thanks for the nice hike report, Drew. Much appreciated. I’ve been wanting to do this trail for awhile and now all the more after reading your guide,

    • No problem, James! I’m glad you found this one useful. I always see this trail while driving on the 57 and have finally gotten around to hiking it. You’ll really enjoy it with all of the rain we’ve had. The stream crossings are a lot of fun.

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