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Hiking Trails in the San Gabriel Valley

Staying Healthy & Active in the San Gabriel Valley!

Hiking is one of the best forms of exercise possible. As John Muir said, “In every walk with nature, one receives far more than he seeks.” He wasn’t wrong. Not only does hiking have amazing health benefits, it can also be a great morale booster, social opportunity, and way to enjoy your community and the beauties of nature. Here in the San Gabriel Valley, we have many amazing hiking trials. Keep reading for our staff’s top picks here at Garfield Medical Center!

Top Hiking Trails to Try in the San Gabriel Valley

Here are just a few of our favorite hiking spots in the San Gabriel Valley. Try one yourself with your friends or family members!

  • Eaton Canyon – The Eaton Canyon Trail ends in a 40-foot tall waterfall and a beautiful, refreshing pool where you can enjoy a cooling swim after your hike. Eaten Canyon Falls form a natural amphitheater at the end of the hike, which starts at the Eaten Canyon Nature Area. The trail travels through sun and shade along the Eaton Wash. Head t o1750 North Altadena Drive in Pasadena for the trailhead. In total, the trail is 3.5 miles round trip, with an elevation gain of 375 feet.
  • Sturtevant Falls – One of the top spots in all of the San Gabriel Mountains, Sturtevant Falls is a gorgeous 50-foot waterfall. The trail follows a beautiful wooded route beside Big Santa Anita Creek. You’ll see old sycamores, wild oak trees, and a number of little mountain cabins as you walk from Chantry Flat to the waterfall. Head north of Arcadia to Santa Anita Avenue to begin the hike. Mule packs can often be seen heading up and down the mountain! The hike is about six miles long, round trip.
  • Schabarum Regional Park – Schabarum Trail is a moderate level hike with plenty of wildlife sightings and opportunities for activities along the way. A loop trail near Rowland Heights, Schabarum Trial is dog friendly. The trail is 4.2 miles total.

Why Is Hiking So Good for Me?

Hiking is a form of aerobic exercise. The Department of Health & Human Services encourages at least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity or 75 minutes of vigorous aerobic activity per week. Hiking is a great option because you can modify your hikes to match these guidelines as either moderate or vigorous activity, depending on the weight of your pack, the incline of your hiking trail, the length of your hike, and other factors.

According to the American hiking society, hiking can lower your risk of:

  • Hypertension
  • Diabetes
  • Osteoporosis
  • Anxiety
  • Obesity
  • Arthritis

Not only that, but hiking can also:

  • Help you control diabetes by moving glucose from your bloodstream.
  • Provide you with a manageable workout where you can control the level and intensity.
  • Decrease your blood pressure and cholesterol, lowering your risk of heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. Hiking can lower your blood pressure by up to 10 points. Hiking downhill is actually twice as effective at managing blood sugar and raising glucose tolerance levels.
  • Manage or avoid depression, stress, and anxiety while boosting happiness levels.
  • Increase your attention span and creative problem solving abilities by up to 50%.
  • Help you lose weight and raise your fitness levels by burning more than 500 calories per hour of hiking, on average.
  • Aid in cancer recovery. The International Journal of Sports Medicine published a study measuring the oxidative stress rates in women with breast cancer and men with prostate cancer. The study found that regular long hikes could improve antioxidative capacity in oncological patients’ blood, which can help significantly in cancer recovery.
  • Raise your bone density, strength, balance, and core strength.
  • Increasing muscle mass and toning your body by providing a total body workout. Increase the intensity by carrying a pack or finding steeper inclines.

Learn more about exercise and fitness options by continuing to read the Garfield Medical Center blog for tips and advice. As always, be sure to talk to your doctor before establishing a regular exercise program. Our team at Garfield Medical Center looks forward to helping you continue to make healthy and positive lifestyle choices here in the Monterey Park area!

This article contains general information about medical conditions and treatments. The information is not advice and should not be treated as such. The information is not intended to replace the advice or diagnosis of a physician.

If you have any specific questions about any medical matter you should consult your doctor or other professional healthcare provider.

Categories: Wellness, Exercise