Hiking the Pumpkin Rock Trail in Norco, CA

Looking for a safe Halloween themed activity to do for the holiday during the pandemic?  Try the Pumpkin Rock Trail hike.  Right at the end of Sixth St. In Norco, CA, you’ll find the entrance to an easy family-friendly hike to a giant rock painted like a pumpkin. The pumpkin rock trail has a couple of nice landmarks to investigate as you make you’re way up the hill.

Pumpkin Rock Trail visiting info



  • Located at the end of 6th street. It is right next to the Norco Animal Control Shelter (98 Sixth St, Norco, CA 92860)


  • Free


  • 7:30 a.m. – Dusk


  • Free parking at Pikes Peak Park (97 Sixth St, Norco, CA 92860)
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Random Tips from our visit

What we observed:

  • Go to the path left of the USA sign for an easier path or hiking with kids. This path is narrow so you will come in close contact with others. 
  • Go to the path right to the USA sign (where you pass the horses) for a more incline hike. This path is not as narrow. 
  • No shade on the trail until you reach the pumpkin rock.
  • Great hike if you live around the area. 
  • Wear proper shoes.

What we brought:

Time spent:

  • 1 ½ hours

Stroller/Wagon friendly:

  • NO


  • Public restrooms at Pikes Peak Park (97 Sixth St, Norco, CA 92860)

Covid-19 Precautions?

  • Depending on the path you go on, the trail does get narrow. We recommend having your mask handy if the trail is busy. 
  • We went on a weekday and the trail was pretty empty.

Should you go?

If you are in the area, yeah, go for it!  Now that’s finally cooling down. Pumpkin Rock Trail is a nice beginner hike to try with the kiddos.  If you aren’t up to carrying your children up a steep incline, we would like to mention taking the trail left of the USA sign. Otherwise, If you’ve gone past the metal horses, you may eventually hate yourself for going the wrong way as we did.

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Places to visit around the area:

  • Pack some food and head over to Pike Peak Park after the hike. There are plenty of covered picnic tables and trees to enjoy your meal.

Things to do nearby

We travel all over California searching for fun places to take the kids. Be sure to check out some of the other places we’ve visited that are good for kids. Things to do with Kids in Southern California

If you have any suggests on where we should go next please let us know in the comments below!

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