Hiking At Hulda Crooks Park

Hiking is a enjoyable form of exercise, and something free to do here in Southern California. There is no need to join a gym with all the great hiking trails that are free to explore.

Hiking on one of the many trails that are part of the Hulda Crooks system of trails.
Hiking on one of the many trails that are part of the Hulda Crooks system of trails.

Hulda Crooks Park is located in Loma Linda California, which is sixty miles east of Los Angeles, California. This park offers a bit of fun for everyone with lots of grass and play areas for families with children, tennis courts, two dog parks, but I am most interested in the hiking trails. Many mountain bikers, hikers, and runners can be spotted going up and down the trails. There are rugged trails for those who want a bit of an adrenalin rush, but I prefer to stick to the level walking paths, so I can observe all the plants. I do like going up the hill, but I prefer using the trails that do not go at a ninety degree incline. A year ago I did go up one of those steep trails, but it is not an every day thing for me. Here is a video I made of one of the steeper trails.

Map of Hulda Crooks Park

The thing I like about places such as Loma Linda is that the life is a slower pace, and there are still open spaces for hiking and mountain biking. There are so many advertisements for gym memberships any time you go online, but it does not cost much money at all to get in shape. Of course you can buy an expensive mountain bike or work out clothes, but I just wear regular tshirts and shorts when I go on hikes. I am thinking about buying some new shorts for hiking and lounging now that it is summer, but it does not cost much money at all get out of the house and start exploring nature. There were many groups of mountain bikers and hikers meeting at the base of the trail, so maybe you can encourage your friends to meet up if you want to make physical fitness a bit more of a social thing. I actually do not mind hiking on my own, and it is fun to get out and explore nature.

This video will give you an idea about what the walking trails look like here at Hulda Crooks Park.

The walking trails are arid in June.
The walking trails are arid in June.

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A sign at the base of the walking trail shows the type of vegetation growing here.
A sign at the base of the walking trail shows the type of vegetation growing here.

So if you are a beginning hiker, the lovely thing about this park is there are easy trails, and trails for the more advanced hiker. Keep in mind you will be sharing the trails with mountain bikers, so it is good to keep your eyes and ears aware of bikers coming up and down the trails. It is not an overly dangerous because mountain bikers will not purposely people on foot, but sometimes when they are traveling at high speeds, it is difficult for them to stop on their downward descent. So it is best to use common sense, and be aware of your surroundings wherever you go.

Starting to walk up the hill.
Starting to walk up the hill. | Source
I love walking up the hill to get a cardio workout.
I love walking up the hill to get a cardio workout.
Going around the bend.
Going around the bend.
The cerulean blue sky is mesmerizing as I hike up the easy going trail.
The cerulean blue sky is mesmerizing as I hike up the easy going trail.
Pylons on top of the hill.
Pylons on top of the hill.
A bush with a few vibrant red hollyleaf berries.
A bush with a few vibrant red hollyleaf berries.
A cluster of the chamise greasewood flowers.
A cluster of the chamise greasewood flowers.
The chamise greasewood flowers look very delicate here.
The chamise greasewood flowers look very delicate here.
The California brittle brush flowers.
The California brittle brush flowers.
I like how the California brittle brush flowers are so vibrant, despite the arid surroundings.
I like how the California brittle brush flowers are so vibrant, despite the arid surroundings.
A plane is flying overhead.
A plane is flying overhead.
The 9.0 sign is a mystery to me.
The 9.0 sign is a mystery to me.
This cluster of the chamise greasewood flowers has some brown and white blooms.
This cluster of the chamise greasewood flowers has some brown and white blooms.
A closeup of the chamise greasewood flowers.
A closeup of the chamise greasewood flowers.
The view as I ascend higher up into the hills.
The view as I ascend higher up into the hills.
The view from the top of the trail.
The view from the top of the trail.
You can see pylons along the hills. The view was slightly foggy/smoggy on this day.
You can see pylons along the hills. The view was slightly foggy/smoggy on this day.
The view from the top of the trail I was hiking on.
The view from the top of the trail I was hiking on.
I love the light green color of the leaves on this California brittle bush plant.
I love the light green color of the leaves on this California brittle bush plant.
Walking around the bend.
Walking around the bend.
This cone apparently is the two mile mark on the trail.
This cone apparently is the two mile mark on the trail.
Plane flying through the blue sky.
Plane flying through the blue sky.
I looked up to spot the plane flying at a slightly lower altitude. It is descending into one of the many airports nearby.
I looked up to spot the plane flying at a slightly lower altitude. It is descending into one of the many airports nearby.
Another hollyleaf berry bush with many little red berries.
Another hollyleaf berry bush with many little red berries.
The tobacco tree has yellow flowers on it.
The tobacco tree has yellow flowers on it.
Headed down the trail with the late afternoon sun.
Headed down the trail with the late afternoon sun.
The sun filters through the leaves of the tobacco tree.
The sun filters through the leaves of the tobacco tree.
The tobacco tree around six o'clock in the afternoon.
The tobacco tree around six o'clock in the afternoon.
Almost at the end of the trail.
Almost at the end of the trail.

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prettydarkhorse 15 months ago from US

I will enjoy that trail sweetie pie, I love walking. You know all the flowers too.


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SweetiePie 15 months ago from Southern California, USA Author

The sign at the front the park, and a bit of Google helped with flower identification.


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poetryman6969 15 months ago

I like the views from the top of the walk. The Google tip is helpful. When identifying an unknown flower, do you just search on a description or is there some other way to get Google to help with flower identification?


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SweetiePie 15 months ago from Southern California, USA Author

At the beginning of the hub I posted a photograph of a sign showing which vegetation found on the hiking trails. I used this sign and Google to help ascertain which plants were which. You can Google plants if you do not have a sign, but since this park has a sign, it makes it a bit easier to figure out what is what.


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Peggy W 11 months ago from Houston, Texas

That seems to be a well graded walking area. Very arid type scenery. Depending upon the slant of the sun, the earth can look quite golden in color. Thanks for telling us about this hiking trail east of Los Angeles. You are certainly sharing your part of the world with us which is great. Will also share this with others on HP and give it a tweet.


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SweetiePie 11 months ago from Southern California, USA Author

Thanks, Peggy. I like to take pictures and share ideas about things to do in Southern California, especially the Inland Empire. I hear the refrain there is nothing to do here, but that is not true if you take a look for things.

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