We took our 1.5 year old son to hike a trail in Powder Canyon in La Habra Heights, which was a 2-mile loop with beautiful shaded trees and a spectacular view of the San Gabriel Valley.
Watch our family trip video in Powder Canyon
About the Powder Canyon Trail Loop
Powder Canyon is a nature preserve with hills and trails. We started at the Black Walnut Trailhead, and took the Black Walnut Trail to the top of the hill. This first climb is moderately steep and mostly unshaded.
On the way down, we took the Powder Canyon Trail back to the start. This is a very nice gradual decent and is mostly covered overhead in trees.
Map of Powder Canyon Trail Start
This map shows the start of our trail at Black Walnut Trailhead. You can find parking on the street.
Trail map of Powder Canyon
Here is a map from All Trails with the specific trail we took on the Black Walnut and Powder Canyon Motorway Loop:
Hiking lessons from our outing
You learn something new with every trip. Here are a few tips:
- On hikes, keep an eye on the weather in previous days. It was sunny, but had rained the past week so parts of the trail were super muddy.
- If you’re hiking with a back pack carrier, be sure it has a cover. Some of the hike was in the sun, but our carrier has a top shade to keep our child cool.
Travel gear that was helpful on our Powder Canyon hike
Here are some recommended items we took on the trip that helped make it easier, or was used for taking our photos and videos:
GoPro Hero5 Session – We used this camera to record the majority of the footage in our hiking video. It’s really handy for recording while walking. This is an incredible little action camera that’s waterproof and has mild stabilization. It’s a cube shape and doesn’t have a viewing screen like its newer models, but is perfectly convenient quick action recording in Full HD.
ClevrPlus Cross Country Backpack Child Carrier – This is what we carried our son with in the video. It’s so comfortable he fell asleep in it during the hike. This is a great back pack carrier for babies and toddlers. It’s comfortable for the parent and the child, and has pockets and storage pouches for extra items.