Hiking is perhaps one of the greatest outdoor activities we have available. It tears you away from your couch and TV. It gets you back to nature. It lets you explore local areas you otherwise might not see. It’s a fantastic workout and–unlike a gym–costs next to nothing (an Adventure Pass or parking fee may be required at some of these locations).
And we are blessed with plenty of trails here in the Inland Empire. Here are just some of our nearby hiking trails:
Claremont/Upland/Rancho Cucamonga Area
- Claremont Hills Wilderness Trail: A moderately challenging 5 mile hike with some pretty steep climbs and descents.
- Johnson’s Pasture: A easy 2 mile hike that links up with the Claremont Wilderness Trail at the end.
- San Antonio Falls: A fairly short and easy hike, up in the Mt. Baldy area.
- Mt. Baldy Loop: Strenuous 10 mile hike that will take you around, and to the top of, Mt. Baldy.
- Marshall Canyon: Just north of La Verne, with several possible trails you can take. The middle route is pleasantly shady, and not too difficult.
- Etiwanda Falls: A roughly 40 minute uphill hike to a serene waterfall.
- Bonita Canyon Falls: Another big waterfall hike, less than 2 miles long from the trail head. Just north of Fontana and Rancho Cucamonga, not far from the 15
- Ice House Canyon: A notoriously difficult (especially with snow and ice) but popular full day hike.
- Bighorn Peak and Ontario Peak: A hike that actually starts with the Ice House Canyon hike, but goes beyond its finish line and onto the peaks of two very tall mountains. Difficult.
- Cucamonga Peak: Like above, this one starts at Ice House Canyon’s finish line, but you’ll be rewarded with great views from one of the area’s tallest peaks.
- Sapphire Falls: A Rancho Cucamonga hike to a waterfall that is, sadly, unreachable as of April 2014. Fire concerns and other issues have forced the closure of much of this route, but a section does remain open (from Big Tree Road to the stream crossing).
- Big Falls: A fairly short trail in Redlands to one of So Cal’s biggest waterfalls.
- Heaps Peak Arboretum: A short and easy, but scenic, trail in between Lake Arrowhead and Big Bear.
- Heart Rock Falls: Hike a 2 mile trail to a rock with a miraculously formed heart carved right within it.
- Oak Glen Preserve: An easy family-friendly hike through an actual apple orchard near Yucaipa. Pick some apples and eat some fresh apple pie when you’re finished!
- Wildwood Canyon State Park: Has a number of different trails you can take, and can also be used for horseback riding and mountain biking.
- Angelus Oaks to San Bernardino Peak: 16 miles in and out to one of the tallest mountains around, but you’ll be treated to gorgeous views.
- Mt. Rubidoux Trail: A paved trail to the top of the mountain, which offers gorgeous views of the Riverside area!
- Two Trees Trail: A moderately difficult hike in the Box Springs Mountains, but one that will reward you with great views and possible animal sightings.
- The “M” Trail: Wanna hike to the giant “M” in the mountains above Moreno Valley? Here’s your guide.
- The “Big C” Trail: Hiking this path to the big concrete “C” overlooking Riverside is a longtime goodluck tradition for UC Riverside students.
- UC Riverside Botanic Gardens: Hike over 4 miles of trails within the lush, sprawling garden grounds. See image above.
- Graffiti Waterfall: A short easy hike to a hidden waterfall.
- Sycamore Canyon Wilderness Park: A local favorite for hikers, bikers, and runners, with multiple trails.
- Lake Perris State Recreation Area: A hike with views of the beautiful Lake Perris.
- California Citrus State Historical Park: Hike in the hills amongst citrus groves and towering palm trees.
Temecula and Murietta
- Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Reserve: Has miles and miles of multiple trails with different lengths. Very pretty views.
- Agua Tibia Loop: Best if you’re up for a challenge, because this trail is 20 miles long! Plan on either devoting most of your day, or camping overnight. For more casual hikers, the Dripping Springs Trail is part of the same trail network, but is a bit shorter at just under 14 miles.
- Lake Skinner: Hike around this beautiful, clean lake conveniently located in nearby Winchester.
And last but not least, Joshua Tree National Park in the southeastern IE has a selection of short and long trails in one of America’s most unique desert landscapes.