Snaking its way through the Puente Hills and San Jose Hills, the Schabarum Trail is easily accessible to much of eastern L.A. County and north Orange County, yet somehow lies below the radar of many So Cal hiking aficionados. While the trail may not offer the dramatic scenery of the more famous Backbone and Pacific Crest Trails, it's still a valuable recreational resource. The trail winds in and out of neighborhoods, through some pleasantly secluded canyons and rises to vista points where, on clear days, the view can be pretty amazing. The Schabarum Trail is proof positive that L.A. does have nature: you just have know where to look for it. Here are five hiking trips on the Schabarum Trail.
Buzzard Peak - north approach. While this hike starts right next to I-10 and never really escapes the sights and sounds of suburbia, it offers a vigorous, conveniently located workout. Once you climb to the ridge, the views are great. Buzzard Peak may be only 1,345 feet tall but as the highest point in the San Jose Hills, it provides views from Mt. Wilson to Catalina Island to San Jacinto if visibility is good.
Buzzard Peak - west approach. Slightly more scenic than the northern approach, this route follows a link of the Schabarum Trail that heads through a pleasantly secluded canyon and a meadow before making its ascent to the top.
Grand Avenue to Country Hollow. This easy-to-miss segment of the Schabarum Trail climbs through an oak woodland, along the side of a ridge and in back of some houses before arriving at a view-filled ridge line.
Lemon Avenue Loop. This 4-loop uses the Schabarum Trail, trails in the City of Walnut's system and city streets to make a quintessential suburban hike. A picnic table near the top of the loop is a nice spot to relax and enjoy views of the San Gabriel Mountains.
Powder Canyon Loop. Possibly the most challenging hike on this list, this loop explores both the Powder Canyon section of the Puente Hills and Schabarum Regional Park.
In case you were wondering, the Schabarum Trail was named for Peter F. Schabarum, a former California state assemblyman and member of the L.A. County Board of Supervisors. He also had a career in the NFL, playing for the San Francisco 49ers in the early 1950s.