Nearby Attractions for Hacienda Heights/San Gabriel Valley;
Trails in the Puente Hills Corridor Native Habitat Preservation Authority
• Disneyland/ California Adventure; located just 11 miles by air from Hacienda Heights (18.4 miles and 27 minutes by road). Disneyland Resorts is a world class attraction with unique rides, attractions, shows and parades (such as Pirates of the Caribbean and the dazzling lights of the electrical Parade
Disneyland is a close drive for residents of Hacienda Heights
• Raging Waters; located just 11 miles by air from Hacienda Heights (15.7 miles, 18 minutes by road). Raging Waters San Dimas; Also a close drive for residents of Hacienda Heights, Raging Waters, California's Largest Waterpark , ranked #3 nationally by the Travel Channel in its Top 10 ranking of US Water Parks. With over 50 beautifully landscaped acres and 36 slides and attractions.
• Knott's Berry Farm; located just 9.5 miles by air from Hacienda Heights (11.8 miles and 27 minutes by road). Knott's Berry Farm is the oldest theme park in America.
The roots of Knott's Berry Farm started in 1920 when Walter and Cordelia Knott moved to the community of Buena Park, CA. to farm 20 acres of rented land. Later the popular Chicken Dinner Restaurant was added, then adding the themed Ghost Town in 1940.
Today, that land is part of 160-acre Knott's Berry Farm, America's first theme park and the 12th most-visited amusement park in the country.
• Universal Studios Hollywood; located just 24 miles by air from Hacienda Heights (28.8 miles and 30 minutes by road). Universal Studios/City Walk includes a full-day, movie-based theme park and Studio Tour, the CityWalk entertainment, shopping and dining complex, the Universal City Walk Cinemas and the Gibson Amphitheatre concert and special event venue.
More attractions coming, this page is a work in progress
• City Lights Cocktail Lounge; Small hangout and the bands that play there are regular/loyal bands AND very good! Great entertainment for such a small place and the dance floor can get packed! Pool & Darts too.
1257 S Hacienda Blvd
Hacienda Heights, CA 91745
Trails in Hacienda Heights
Pictures coming over the next few months.
As well as nearby attractions such as those above, there are many trails within Hacienda Heights that are now over seen the Puente Hills Corridor Native Habitat Preservation Authority (which is run similar to a State Park).
These trails are fee and are in my opinion some of the nicest trails found in any otherwise urban area, as these trails are in areas that are in their more pristine conditions before urban growth began nearby.
• Native Oak Trail (part of the Hacienda Hills Trail System); this is a favorite of mine, I have been hiking this trail since I was in Middle School (at Orange Grove nearby) in the early 1970s. I had many “secret spots” along this trail where I could find solace. I always started at the west end of Orange Grove Ave. and followed an undeveloped dirt road to the trail head. Officially the trail begins as a branch from the Ahwingna Trail which leaves from the south end of 7th Ave., however I prefer the more isolated & thickly wooded canyon of the Native Oak trail as well as the pretty seasonal stream along side it.
If you follow the entire loop, which includes parts of the Ahwingna and Schabarum Trail, the distance is 2.87 miles, although access to this trail adds another 1.5 miles (if accessed from the end of 7th Ave.) or .5 mile (if accessed from the end of Orange Grove Ave.) round trip.
The picture above is the trailhead for the Native Oak Trail at the intersection of Orange Grove and 7th. Taken in November (please click on the picture for a larger view)
• Schabarum Trail; this trail essentially follows the ridgeline (& skyline Drive and the fire road by the same name) towards Schabarum Park. It also joins with the popular Turnbull Canyon Trail system out of Whittier. I personally use this trail for a short walk from Turnbull Canyon Road (near Skyline) to Workman Hill (elevation 1388 feet) for the great views to be had at this point. This is only a ½ mile walk for a quick view.
You can also hike the entire trail for great views, accessing this trail at many points such as from the Ahwingna Trails, Turnbull Canyon Road system of trails, Rio Hondo College, or Schabarum Park. This trail is also part of the National Historic Trail Recreation Route.
The picture above/left is a view from Workman Hill on the Schabarum Trail taken in August while the picture below/left is on the Schabarum Trail looking toward Skyline Drive taken in April (please click on the pictures for a larger view)
For more about these trails:
Puente Hills Corridor Native Habitat Preservation Authority