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  1. Skulldudes
    April 8, 2011

    Nice write up. I go there often, or at least try to 1 a week on the weekend with my German Shepherd. there are quite a few different trails there, but if you want a really challenging hike, take the path straight up the middle from the parking lot. you’ll hit about 3 really steep hills, great work out! and yeah it sucks on hot days, almost no shade going up the hills, but coming down take the narrow trails on the right, very shady and beautiful. just watch out for mountain bikers, the path is narrow so you’ll need to step off to the side to let them pass.

    if you’re coming from the 605 South, take the the Beverly Blvd East exit and go straight on Beverly and you’ll hit Greenleaf much easier. taking the 605 North, take the Beverly Blvd exit and make a left on Beverly. Whittier blvd is the long way around and more traffic, slower MPH.

    • Jeff Greene
      April 10, 2011

      Thanks for the suggestions. We were coming from Placentia, so 605 seemed out of the way, but might still be faster. And the shady trails you described are definitely what we’ll try next time. We hope to do several of the other trails along the Whittier Hills over the next year or so, moving West to East until we hit the 57!

  2. Loria
    February 12, 2012

    Thanks for the info. Perfect for the kids while visiting friends in Whittier.

  3. Bronamer
    February 12, 2012

    well first time there,was hard first 500 yards, after that it was great walk ,the only problem for me is that you go there to the open and to breath fresh air. please people with DOGS pick up after them that smell gross anyone out.

    • Greene Adventures
      March 4, 2012

      It is a problem.  We always bring bags for our own dog, and frequently pick up other people’s “remnants” as well…

  4. Skyhiker
    May 1, 2012

    That’s not the Hsi Lai Temple.  That’s just part of Rose Hills Memorial Park.  The temple is relatively recent, to cater to the growing Asian population in the San Gabriel Valley.

    I got a nice shot of the Rose Hills temple a few months ago, with a setting sun practically making it glow.

    Hsi Lai is well to the east, near Hacienda Blvd.  There’s a shot of it on this old hiking post of mine, and a more recent but more distant view of it on a hike from March.

    Been a while since I’ve posted a comment here.  I don’t remember if html tags worked. . . .

    • Jeff Greene
      May 4, 2012

      Damn. Who knew there were more than one Buddhist looking temple places up in them there hills?  Corrected above with attribution to you…

      • Skyhiker
        May 7, 2012

        Heh, heh.  Well, thanks for the plug! ;D

        Funny thing about the garter snake comment in your original post.  Saw a couple on my Mt. Wilson hike on Sunday.  It occurred to me that I’ve never seen them just staying still.  That’s totally unlike gopher snakes or rattlesnakes.  On three occasions (Coyote Trail from Hacienda Heights, Olinda Trail, and yesterday on the Mt. Wilson toll road) I’ve come across a gopher snake sprawled across a trail, practically asking to be stepped on.  And, of course, rattlesnakes will often rattle menacingly at you before they move off.  But garter snakes seem to always be on the move.

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