Sycamore Canyon Park (Diamond Bar)


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Nature trail in Sycamore Canyon Park

Text and photography copyright 2011 by David W. Lockeretz, all rights reserved. Information and opinions provided are kept current to the best of the author’s ability. All readers hike at their own risk, and should be aware of the possible dangers of hiking, walking and other outdoor activities. The author does not take any responsibility for injuries sustained during hikes or walks on the routes described here. Check the informational links provided for up to date trail condition information.

Sycamore Canyon Park (Diamond Bar)

  • Location: Diamond Bar, on Diamond Bar Blvd. across from Steep Canyon Road.  From the 57/60 freeways, take the Grand Ave. exit.  Go southeast on Grand for a mile.  Turn left on Diamond Bar Blvd., go 0.4 miles and make a U-turn at the intersection with Steep Canyon Road.  The parking lot will be immediately on your right.  From Riverside, take the 60 freeway to Diamond Bar Blvd.  Go south for 1.4 miles and the entrance will be on your right.
  • Agency: River & Mountains Conservancy
  • Distance: 0.8 miles
  • Elevation gain: 150 feet
  • Suggested time: 30 minutes
  • Difficulty rating: G
  • Best season:  Year-round
  • USGS topo map: “San Dimas”
  • More information:  here
  • Rating: 2
Sycamore Canyon Park in Diamond Bar is a pleasant neighborhood park that happens to have a short but sweet hiking trail.  The trail can be accessed from the lower end of the park as well as from the upper end, as described here.From the parking lot, take the trail to a steep staircase heading down to the right.  At the bottom, continue along the path as it descends into the canyon.  The trail continues under oaks and sycamores, alongside a seasonal stream.  A nice viewing area with benches off to the right makes for a good place to stop and enjoy the scene.  The trail continues before emerging in the lower parking lot, near the main area of the park.

Of course, it’s hard not to wish that the trail was longer, but it just goes to show that when it comes to nature and outdoor spaces, a little bit is better than none.  Like other neighborhood trails, Sycamore Canyon is a great place to take young kids, and it makes for a nice, convenient walk after or before work, or even during a lunch break.  It can also easily be combined with the Steep Canyon Loop, which is just around the corner.

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