Difficulty PG Distance 0 to 2 miles General information: Cellular Service General information: Dogs allowed General information: Hikes with free parking Rating: 1-3 Riverside & San Bernardino Season: Fall/Early Winter Season: Late Winter/Spring

Blair Park to Shandin Hills (San Bernardino)


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Blair Park to Shandin Hills (San Bernardino)

  • Location: Blair Park, 1466 W. Marshall Blvd., San Bernardino. From the 210 Freeway, take the H St. exit (75). Head north on H St. and almost immediately, turn left onto W. 30th St. Go one mile and turn right onto Little Mountain Drive. Go 0.3 mile and turn right onto Marshall Blvd. Turn left into the second parking area at the eastern end of Blair Park. From the 215 Freeway, take exit 46A for 210W but exit at West 27th St. Bear right onto West 27th St., go 0.1 mile and turn left onto Little Mountain Drive. Go 0.7 mile, turn right on Marshall Blvd. and park in the area at the eastern end of the park.
  • Agency: City of San Bernardino (some trails are unofficial)
  • Distance: 1.6 miles
  • Elevation gain: 600 feet
  • Difficulty Rating: PG
  • Suggested time: 1 hour
  • Best season: October – May
  • Dogs: Allowed on leash (exercise caution during warm months)
  • Cell phone reception: Good
  • Water: None
  • Restrooms: None
  • Camping: None
  • Recommended gear: hiking poles sun hat
  • More information: AllTrails report here; video taken from the summit here; Blair Park Facebook page here
  • Rating: 3

This hike – up a steep, exposed ridge, next to a major freeway interchange, to an antenna-covered summit – might not be for all tastes, but it does offer a quick, convenient workout and despite being surrounded by civilization, it offers some panoramic views on clear days. The Shandin Hills are a small mountain range in northwestern San Bernardino, rising about 1,800 feet above sea level. Several fire roads, fire breaks and use trails provide access, notably from Blair Park, as described below. The following route is the quickest way from bottom to top, a vigorous climb that can be done in an hour or so. Hikers with more time can continue exploring further on some of the other trails.

From the parking area at the eastern end of Blair Park, walk up the stairs past the exercise stations and begin a no-nonsense, what-you-see-is-what-you-get climb up a steep and often loose fire break. After gaining 350 feet in 0.3 mile, the grade becomes more moderate, climbing another 50 feet in 0.1 mile to reach a T-junction. From here, you’ll see the antenna-dotted summit to the north. Turn left and follow the ridge, passing by another road dropping down to a residential area. Soon the trail splits; you can reach the top either by a slightly longer route or a shorter, steeper path. Both routes are easy to follow.

The antennas are hard to ignore but the views from the high point are still impressive. To the northwest are the San Gabriels, the Cajon Pass and Cal State San Bernardino. The San Bernardino Mountains dominate the landscape to the northeast while the southern views are mainly of the Inland Empire’s suburban sprawl, interrupted only by the Jurupa Hills and Box Springs Mountain.

Shandin Hills above Blair Park, San Bernardino, CA
Ascending the fire break
Shandin Hills, San Bernardino, CA
View of the summit from the top of the fire break
Shandin Hills above Blair Park, San Bernardino, CA
Looking west from the summit
Shandin Hills above Blair Park, San Bernardino, CA
Heading south along the ridge, returning from the summit

Text and photography copyright 2017 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. By reading this, you agree not to hold the author or publisher of the content on this web site responsible for any injuries or inconveniences that may result from hiking on this trail. Check the informational links provided for up to date trail condition information.

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2 comments

  1. I came here and wasn’t the biggest fan of this hike. You are right, definitely not for everyone. I just wasn’t feeling the scene. I also just came out with a post about some of my top favorite mountain trails in LA and was hoping to get your opinion on them:
    https://blog.belyvly.com/2017/05/24/la-hiking-trails-on-mountain-terrain/

    Let me know what you think 🙂 And once again, I can never appreciate your blog enough for being an excellent resource for trails.

    1. Thanks for reading and for your kind words. Nice job on your post too, those are some great pics and I like the layout. As for Blair Park – no, it’s certainly no Baldy or Baden Powell but it’s a good workout and a good spot to know about for those who live in the area. Not every hike can be Baldy but if some of these local trails inspire people to take on bigger, more exciting hikes, I’m happy to write about them and give them space on this site.

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