Hiking Trails in Riverside And Beyond

When I was younger, the beach was my favorite place. Now it is up in the hills. Here are some of the trails I’ve hiked in SoCal (and some I hope to hike soon). If you know of other hiking trails in Riverside And Beyond, please let me know.

Riverside And Beyond primarily refers to Riverside, San Bernardino, Orange, Los Angeles and San Diego counties.


The Big C Trail (above UCR) – Riverside, CA
The “Big C” on Box Springs Mountain overlooking UC Riverside. This hike is steep in some spots and has lots of ruts. It is also more difficult to get to since the railroad tracks have been fenced off. Click for more info.

Diamond Valley Lake

Diamond Valley Lake – Hemet, CA
Not many hills, but a LONG hike. I mainly hiked this trail just to see if I could do it. Nice views of the lake. Click for more info.

Doty Trust Park

Doty Trust Park –┬áRiverside, CA
One of my new favorite hiking spots. Steep hill to start the hike from Doty Trust Park. Nice hike along the ridgeline once you’re up top. Click for more info.

Box Springs Mountain - Moreno Valley "M" Hike

The Giant M Trail – Moreno Valley, CA
The “Giant M” on Box Springs Mountain that overlooks Moreno Valley. There are a few different ways to hike to the “M”. The “M” itself is steep and slippery. Click for more info.

Harford Springs Reserve – Riverside, CA
325 acres near Lake Mathews with different hiking trails. Check trail maps before you go as there aren’t any at the entrance. Click for more info.

Mount Rubidoux –┬áRiverside, CA
Paved roads up and down the mountain makes this an easier hike. Parking can be challenging. Great family hike. Click for more info.

Temescal Tin Mine

Old Temescal Tin Mine – Riverside, CA
People drive to this spot on dirt roads, but we always hike there. Often used for illegal target shooting, so be careful. Click for more info.

Pumpkin Rock - Norco

Pumpkin Rock – Norco, CA
Can be a long or short hike depending upon where you start. Nice views and a fun picture spot. Click for more info.

Santa Rosa Plateau – Murrieta, CA
Wide open spaces and well-marked trails. Some hills, but no big climbs. One of our favorite places to hike when we want to be immersed in nature. Click for more info.

Skyline Trail – Corona, CA
This is a very popular hiking spot. I prefer a bit more solitude. Click for more info.

Sycamore Canyon Wilderness Park

Sycamore Canyon – Riverside, CA
Tucked in between houses and businesses, there is more space here than you might realize. Great local spot for hiking and mountain biking. Click for more info.

Sylvan Meadows

Sylvan Meadows Multi-Use Area – Murrieta, CA
Across from Santa Rosa Plateau on Tenaja Rd. In addition to hiking, these trails allow dogs, mountain biking and horseback riding.

Tenaja Falls

Tenaja Falls – Murrieta, CA
The hike isn’t too bad if you can survive the car ride to the trailhead. Great views of the waterfall. If you hike to the waterfall, be careful because the rocks are slick and it’s a long way down. Click for more info.

Lake Perris as seen from Terri Peak.

Terri Peak – Perris, CA
Great view of Lake Perris and surrounding areas after you hike to the top. Can be challenging to find the trail when the brush is overgrown. Click for more info.

Three Sisters - Riverside

Three Sisters / Flat Top – Riverside, CA
Short hike that yields some nice views of Woodcrest. Not much to see otherwise. Click for more info.