Turnbull Canyon is a popular spot in the city of Whittier, lined with hikers and bikers, and its part of the Puente Hills Reserve. The parking on Turnbull Canyon is confined to a small dirt area so that can be a challenge, especially on the weekend. You need a resident permit to park in the local neighborhoods, so your next option is to park a few blocks away and ride up the street to the trail-head. This loop is a great combination of sun exposed, fire road climbing, with a shade filled loop when you get to Ahwingna. There are plenty of other trails to explore within Turnbull, with lots of additional climbing to be had, but this particular loop gives you a good idea of what you can expect within this park. It gives you views of the Hsi Lai Temple and Rose Hills Memorial park as you traverse your way up and down the park. There are a lot of stories pertaining to this park, in particular stories of hauntings. A lot of the locals will tell you that it is mostly urban legend, but it definitely adds to the mystique and history of the place.
Distance: 7.05 mi
Avg Speed: 6.2 mph
Elevation Gain: 1,424 ft
Calories: 659 C
Temperature: 71.2 °F
-From the 605 frwy exit Beverly Blvd. and head East. Beverly Blvd. becomes Turnbull Canyon Road.
-From the 5 frwy exit Carmenita Road and head North. Carmenita becomes Painter Avenue. Stay on Painter Avenue. Turn right on Beverly Blvd. which becomes Turnbull Canyon Road.
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The loop starts with nice easy riding through Turnbull Canyon Rd.
.72 As soon as you pass Sumac trail, the elevation starts to increase. Climb for approximately ½ mile to the intersection of Rattlesnake trail.
1.34- You will arrive at a Y in the trail, with Rattlesnake trail on the left. Stay RIGHT, and head towards the water tower.
1.36- You will encounter a short, but steep climb ahead of you. This is actually the first of three short climbs to the graffiti covered water tower. The first one is the longest climb, and the next two are just a few yards. Or, you can take the easier route directly on the left of the steep hill, which also takes you up there. Since this is a short route, we elected to go with the tougher climb. When you get to the water tank, go behind it and take a quick descent to the trail. Follow it until you hit the fenced area. Head right towards the electric tower at the opening of the gate, which has a trail marker. Ahwingna is the name of the trail you are looking to enter. Begin a descent on nice open fire road.
2.47- As you are making your way down, keep your eyes open for a 2-legged wooden post on your left. You will be descending at a good rate so keep your eyes open for it and stop as soon as you see it. The single-track you want is directly to the left of the wooden posts. Although unmarked at the beginning, this is called the Native Oak trail. You will notice a trail marker later in the route as you make your way through. It is a fun and scenic descent, deep into the canyon, and it’s the highlight of our loop. The descent is a blast, you will also need to climb your way back up to get back on Ahwingna.
4.76- Native Oak will connect you back to Ahwingna and loops you right back to where you picked up the trail. Retrace the trail back to Turnbull, and head to the car.
Fullerton Loop Bike Trail Map