Explore the most popular views trails in Box Springs Mountain Regional Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
4 days ago

This is definitely not an easy hike. At best, I’d call it moderate due to the incline.
Beautiful vistas and lots of lizards. Highly recommended.

Hiked two trees trail today and then branched off to the north. Great weather and not toobmany people out.

hiking
17 days ago

great trail

hiking
1 month ago

For my first time hiking this trail kicked my ass all the way up the hill. It was a great workout. When you reach the top youll see that there are other trails! Be careful for snakes. Its getting warmer and they like to lay in the trail. First time i went was 4/7/18 and a rattle snake was laying in the middle of the trail.
The second time 4/15/18 and came across a smaller snake also laying in the trail.

backpacking
1 month ago

A great trek....Took the whole family on this one...youngest 2 years old and she walked the entire thing by herself. Those saying the trail is hard to follow must be beginners...it is very simple. Not confusing at all. Very little to no shade so be careful if you go when it is hot.

Really verticle hike. No shade, but a good workout.

We tried our best to stay on the trail that the app shows. Best we can figure is a fire and rains washed the northern third away. We had a blast forging our own trail down the hill with very loose dirt. Finally came across the "bridge" that crosses the creek and cave.

Good little hike for a quick time out from the city that doesn't have too many people. Although there is recent fire damage, everything is starting to come back to life. I'd hike it again! No fees for parking but the lot is small and I imagine it fills up rather quickly on the weekends.

This was a good hike. We went in February. Looks like pretty hot summer hike though.

hiking
3 months ago

Nice trail. Great views. Great weather with a nice breeze

hiking
3 months ago

Liked it a lot! Strenuous heading up, fun going down.

hiking
3 months ago

Great workout. All up hill. An hour and a half round trip. A lot of lizards!

hiking
3 months ago

Finally made it to the top this time around. It ends at an access road. There is a parking lot and port-o-potty but no water. Once at the top, you can turn around and come back down, or you can continue on to the Edison Trail. Great workout!

hiking
3 months ago

Enjoyed it!!

mountain biking
3 months ago

way way way harder than easy. this is super tough. not Not not an easy trail to hike or bike. easy rating is very misleading.

starting from Riverside off of blain great trail, I've been doing this hike for years there are a few different ways you can start this hike from Moreno Valley and in Riverside which is a little more challenging

mountain biking
3 months ago

Not really good for mountain biking. Views of the sunset are beautiful and if you’re on foot, I’d still count it a moderate hike. Certainly isn’t flat. But on bikes, to climb from the trail head near UCR you’ve gotta have some serious climbing ability. The steepness alone is one thing. But there are big rocks jutting out of the path making it difficult to maneuver. I’m not a pro and I’m sure it can be done but for the average rider, I’d say stick to hiking on this trail.

backpacking
3 months ago

upsetting to see it is fire torn.... and just seeing where the fire was at - no way this was caused naturally... anyway, had fun regardless...2nd time around headed out to M mt.

3 months ago

little challenging going up hill. Small river found and nice scene of rocks

3 months ago

it was more like moderate than easy for me. but I love it , I will go back again

hiking
4 months ago

Trail isn’t marked and hard to follow

Just when you think there are no interesting, challenging hikes in your own backyard, you find a hike like this. Box Springs Mountain is 3,083 feet at it's highest peak. Its a fun, steep hike with a true accomplishment of reaching the "M" if you go all be the way to the radio towers.

Nice Sunday hike. Cool spring

hiking
4 months ago

This is a tough trail. All uphill, no shade and despite being able to hear the city noise, still relaxing. There were two mini-very tiny waterfalls and a small stream. I recommend this trail for teens and adults not so much for kids.

hiking
4 months ago

Beautiful, virtually unknown, trail in Riverside! In the span of a few months, I’ve seen a rattlesnake, couple coyotes and today encountered a bobcat! Still an amazing trail, definitely one to maybe take the headphones out, be vigilant, and enjoy the surroundings! Very little trash and graffiti too! Will always be a favorite!

if you do not know this trail or have the membership to the app do not go on this hike. 3 signs to nowhere. trail is not at all clearly marked, one could easily get lost. so dissapointed

hiking
4 months ago

Great hiking trail good leg work out and great views

hiking
4 months ago

Found this trail when I decided to try to catch the sunrise atop the infamous "M" on Box Springs Mountain. There wasnt alot of info out there for the M specifically, so i used the satellite setting on Google Maps and saw this short trail that seemed to lead from the neighborhodd to the M. I took my 12 year old son early on January 4, 2018 and hit the trail. We parked in the neighborhood east of Box Springs Mountain, off Hidden Springs and Pigeon Pass Rd, but there is a dirt parking lot you can park at during daylight, opens at 7am. The parking lot uses the honor system and asks you to drop $5 in a box. We initially took the wromg trail due to unfamiliarity and darkness, we started at 530am. We picked the trail that leads from to the right from the dirt lot because it had white painted arrows on the ground Lol. After 30 minutes I realized we were heading away from the M, which sits on the front (or south side) of the mountain. I used Google sattelite to backtrack to the parlking lot and chose the middle trail, which seemed to go in the exact direction of the M (Note you cant see the M from the start, but I know where it sits). The trail is not very clear in many places because people have cut the trail and created more direct trails, but pretty much all of them get you there once you get going. It is about 2 miles to the M and 2 miles back. The trail has some very steep portions that are slippery with sand and gravel and also has areas where you have to step onto boulders and its easier to use your hands. It is a bit tricky because you cannot see the M at all until you are literally right in front of it. After we completed the hike, we realized the landmark you can use is the radio antennas, which can be seen from every point of the hike and basically sit right above the M. On this trail, it will be the antennas that sit in second position from the most right antennas (there are many sets of antennas on top of this mountain). You can sit on the M, which is about 100 feet wide and 50 feet tall and made of rock and concrete and painted white. During christmas and New Years it is lit up at night with LED lights, also good for night hiking. My son made the hike with no issues, other than a little exhausted. it was about 1100 feet of elevation gain. It has amzing views of the sunset, sunrise, city of riverside, and city of Moreno Valley. Highly suggest this trail, but beware there are definately coyotes, snakes, donkeys, and at least one mountain lion. We only heard donkeys, did not see any others, but saw many fresh coyote paw prints and clear mountain lion prints. This should not deter you as this should be expected in any mountain setting, you are in their home. Just take a knife, a whistle, and be mindful.

hiking
4 months ago

Lightly challenging trail. This was our first trail. And coming from an athletic background it wasn’t too tough. It was a great trail for a short 20 min drive. Not crowded a good quiet trail. Will get a good sweat towards the top. Great starting trail in my opinion for people with a little bit of athletic background.

I went looking for the Two Trees hike but ended up on this trail. I have lived in the local area for many years and never took this trail. It's a great little hike so close to home. Beautiful views of the city and sunset. Trail is easy to follow and gives a good workout. I just hiked a couple miles up to the higher road and stopped, so there is still more to go back and see.

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