The Signal Hill hike... an incredible experience
If you’re “staycationing” right here in Long Beach, you might want to add a Signal Hill hike to your itinerary. The whole trail is slightly over two miles long and consists of a variety of surfaces.
What Makes It Special
While residents of the area might not think about visiting the Signal Hill trail as a vacation, consider seeing it again through the eyes of a tourist. When the weather’s good, you can see Orange County, the San Gabriel Mountains, Catalina Island, and downtown L.A. The sunset views are incredible. At night, you can look out over the twinkling city lights from on high. It’s the kind of place you’d take someone visiting the area, so it makes perfect sense to spend a bit of your staycation there.
Signal Hill is not exactly a rugged nature trail, but that’s part of the appeal. Much of it is accessible to wheelchairs, elderly people, or anyone else for whom a rigorous hike would be difficult or impossible. The loop consists of a variety of terrains and settings, covering paved roads, granite flats, sidewalks, and dirt trails. Along the way, you’ll see scenic overlooks, experience elevation changes, and get the chance to check out some monuments commemorating important pieces of local history.
Signal Hill Loop: What to Know
•Dogs are welcome on the trail, so your furry friend can come along - just don’t forget a leash. There are even dog waste cleanup stations in case you forget your own supplies.
•Parts of the trail are equipped with exercise stations if you want to get a workout in.
•On Saturdays, most of the trail can get pretty packed. If you’re looking to meet new people, you’ll find plenty of locals and tourists exploring signal hill on the weekend. If that doesn’t sound appealing, try to hit the trail during the week.
•Some parts of the trail are not clearly marked, and it’s easy to get a bit mixed up and take a different route than you intended. That’s why it’s advisable to bring a map or use the navigation feature on your smartphone. Even if you do veer off course, though, it’s hard to go wrong. You’ll be treated to a nice walk and stunning views no matter what part of the trail you end up on.
•It’s family friendly. Since this is not a rigorous hike, you can bring the kids—or the parents—to enjoy the views with you. A good idea to add to the checklist if you’re doing a family staycation.
•Shade is limited along the trail, so bring sunscreen, a hat, and water with you.