friends hiking in the forestHiking is a fantastic way to enjoy the natural beauty of the Greater Whittier area while also getting a great workout. At the YMCA of Greater Whittier, we’re big proponents of outdoor activities like hiking, which offer both physical and mental health benefits. Here’s a guide to some of the best local hikes in our area. 

  1. Hellman Park Trail
    Located right in Whittier, Hellman Park Trail is a local favorite. This 4-mile round trip hike offers a moderate workout with a steady uphill climb. The trail provides stunning views of the city and the surrounding area. It’s a great place to enjoy a sunrise or sunset hike. 
  1. Turnbull Canyon Hiking Trail
    Another gem in the Whittier area, Turnbull Canyon Hiking Trail is a 4-mile loop trail that offers a moderate workout with some steep sections. The trail winds through beautiful rolling hills and offers panoramic views of downtown Los Angeles and the San Gabriel Valley. It’s a popular spot for both hikers and mountain bikers. 
  1. Sycamore Canyon Trail
    Sycamore Canyon Trail in Whittier Narrows Nature Center is a great option for those looking for a more leisurely hike. This 2-mile loop trail meanders through a beautiful woodland area, offering plenty of opportunities to spot local wildlife. It’s a great option for families or those looking for a less strenuous hike. 
  1. Arroyo Pescadero Trail
    The Arroyo Pescadero Trail is a 2.8-mile loop trail that offers a peaceful escape from the city. The trail is relatively flat, making it a good option for beginners or those looking for a more relaxed hike. The trail winds through a beautiful woodland area and offers plenty of opportunities for bird watching. 
  1. Murphy Ranch Park Trails
    Murphy Ranch Park in Whittier offers a network of trails that are perfect for a quick hike. The trails wind through a beautiful park setting, with plenty of shade and picnic areas. It’s a great place to enjoy a leisurely hike and a picnic. 

At the YMCA of Greater Whittier, we often organize group hikes to these and other local trails. These hikes offer a great opportunity to enjoy the outdoors, get a great workout, and connect with fellow YMCA members. We also offer workshops on outdoor fitness and safety, to help our members make the most of their hiking adventures. 

Hiking in the Greater Whittier area offers a wealth of opportunities to enjoy the outdoors and stay active. Whether you’re a seasoned hiker or a beginner, there’s a trail for you. So why not lace up your hiking boots and hit the trail? The natural beauty of our area is waiting to be explored.