It’s that time again: hiking season. Beginning in February, we hike up to Henninger Flat campground every Monday evening, weather permitting. With the atmospheric river and mild El Niño, we’ve missed a few weeks thanks to rains. But the reward has been much more green in the mountains than we typically see, and milder temperatures for the strenuous 2.8 mile uphill torture trek I have mentioned before in prior posts.
The hike up to Henninger begins at the gate on Pinecrest in Altadena,, CA. Head down to the bridge and rather than going further down under the bridge into the riparian Eaton Canyon, take the Henninger Flat trail straight up. The trail is a service road with little shade and only four benches along the trail for breaks and views. But the reward is great. In addition to a great workout, the views of Los Angeles and the San Gabriel Valley are spectacular. The trail is wide enough to be pretty dog-friendly, just be careful on the way down. The kids also hike this trail. My youngest is now 11, and she’s been hiking up to Henninger for the past three seasons. She may take longer than some of our scouts, but she presses on, makes it up, and is so proud when she does.
The trail ends at Henninger Flats Campground. There are benches and tables at the campgrounds, so it’s a nice spot for a picnic lunch. It’s also fairly easy hike-in camping on a first-come, first-served basis. I’ll let the photos speak for themselves. If you head up on a Monday evening, I might see you there. Happy trails!