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Hikes In and Around Riverside County

Riverside County offers just about every kind of hiking trail you can imagine. There are rolling hikes in the hills, alpine hikes around Mt San Jacinto (the highest point in the county at 10,833 feet), and hikes in the desert.

Name Distance Level Location Climb Dogs
Hike the Chiquito Falls Trail9.6HardLake Elsinore1800Y
Cactus to Clouds Hike21Very HardPalm Springs10800N
Hike Apache Peak (CA) on the Spilter Peak Trail11HardMountain Center2680N
Hike Santiago Peak & Modjeska Peak From Maple Springs16HardCorona3500Y
Hike the Bedford Peak Trail (Orange County)7.2HardCornoa2050Y
Hike the Boo Hoff Trail Loop12.8HardLa Quinta2560N
Sitton Peak Hike9.6ModerateLake Elsinore2130Y
Tim's Ladder Trail6ModerateDesert Hot Springs2100Y
Upper Hot Spring Canyon Waterfall Hike2.8ModerateLake Elsinore450Y
Palm Springs Tram Hike to San Jacinto Peak11HardPalm Springs2620N
Hike San Mateo Peak (Cleveland National Forest)4.6ModerateLake Elsinore1100Y
Tin Mine Canyon Trail Guide5EasyCorona820Y
Morgan Trail Hike (Cleveland National Forest)10.5ModerateLake Elsinore1500Y
Hike Mt San Jacinto Peak on the Deer Springs Trail19Very HardPalm Springs5400N
Bane Canyon Loop Trail - Chino Hills State Park8ModerateChino Hills1400N
Tenaja Falls Trail Guide7.5ModerateMurrieta1000Y
East Indio Badlands Trail Guide5.5ModerateIndio900Y
Ladder Canyon Trail & Painted Canyon Loop Hike5ModeratePalm Desert560N
Bear Creek Oasis Trail Guide9HardLa Quinta2540N
San Juan Loop Trail Guide (CA)2.1EasyLake Elsinore440Y
Murray Peak Hike (Palm Springs)7.5ModeratePalm Springs2000N
McCallum Trail Hike Guide2.5EasyDesert Hot Springs220N
Pushawalla Palms Trail Loop5ModerateDesert Hot Springs880N
Hike the Mt Rubidoux Trail (Riverside)3ModerateRiverside560Y
Museum Trail (Palm Springs)2HardPalm Springs920N
Araby Trail Guide3.4ModeratePalm Springs1200N
Mission Creek Preserve Hike3.4EasyDesert Hot Springs340Y
Whitewater Preserve Hike - Canyon View Loop Trail4ModerateWhitewater790Y
The Cross Hike (Palm Desert)2.4ModeratePalm Desert770Y
Bump and Grind Trail Guide (Palm Desert)4ModerateRancho Mirage1430N
Hike Coal Canyon Trail10ModerateAnaheim1840N
Terri Peak Hike at Lake Perris5ModeratePerris1100N
Santa Margarita River Trail5.7ModerateFallbrook630Y
Black Mountain Trail to the Fire Lookout (Idyllwild, CA)8HardBanning2820Y
California Riding and Hiking Trail (Joshua Tree)38HardTwentynine Palms3060N
Hike the Pine City Trail (Joshua Tree)4.2EasyTwentynine Palms280N
Boy Scout Trail (Joshua Tree) Hike16HardTwentynine Palms1850N
Desert Queen Mine Hike & Eagle Cliff Mine1.8EasyTwentynine Palms180N
Hike Split Rock (Joshua Tree) Loop Trail2.5EasyTwentynine Palms360N
Hike the 49 Palms Oasis Trail3ModerateTwentynine Palms 700N
Hike Willow Hole (Joshua Tree)7ModerateJoshua Tree National Park320N
Lost Horse Mine Trail7ModerateTwentynine Palms1040N
Ryan Mountain Trail Hike3ModerateJoshua Tree National Park1060N
Hike Lost Palms Oasis Trail7.4ModerateTwentynine Palms700N
Hike Mastodon Peak Trail2.6ModerateTwentynine Palms510N
Ernie Maxwell Scenic Trail Hike5.2EasyIdyllwild740Y
Tahquitz Peak via Devil's Slide Trail Hike8.5HardIdyllwild2350Y
Hike the Pumpkin Rock Trail1.2EasyNorco370Y

Riverside County Hiking Tips

Popular Hikes

  1. Mt San Jacinto From the Tram
  2. Bump and Grind Trail
  3. Ryan Mountain

Family Hikes

  1. Pumpkin Rock
  2. McCallum Trail
  3. San Juan Loop Trail