The Inland Empire is loaded with fun things to do outdoors. Here’s a list of the best hiking trails that the Inland Empire has to offer!
Bear Canyon Loop Trail
Bear Canyon Loop Trail is a beautiful trail located near Lake Elsinore that features a river. It’s considered moderate, so if you are a decent hiker, you’ll do just fine. It’s best to go from March to October and you can bring your fur babies along – as long as they are leashed.
Big Falls Trail
Big Falls Trail is an easy walking trail that features beautiful views of a mountain water fall. The trail is only .8 of a mile and allows dogs if they are on leash.
Big Horn Peak and Ontario Peak Trails
This hike features two of the most prominent peaks of the Angeles National Forest: Big Horn Peak and Ontario Peak. These trails are considered moderate and is best meant for day campers or serious hikers. If you can work up to it, this hike features stunning views of Mt. Baldy, which makes it well worth it.
Bonita Canyon Falls Trail
Bonita Canyon Falls Trail is a fantastic trail for easy hiking, walking, or nature loving. It features a cascading waterfall lots of bird sighting, and it’s dog friendly. This one is best hiked from March until October – If you go in the winter, the water will be ice cold!
Claremont Hills Wilderness Loop
Claremont Hills Wilderness Trail is a great trail for moderate hikers. It’s 4.9 miles and features stunning views of the Inland Valley. This trail allows both dogs and horses, so if you ride, this is a great place to go!
Cucamonga Peak to Ice House Canyon Trail
Cucamonga Peak to Ice House Canyon Trail is a great trail located near Mt Baldy. It’s 10.5 miles and features stunning scenic views and beautiful flowers. It’s great for hikers that want to see an abundance of nature during their outdoor adventures! Dogs are allowed but must be kept on a leash.
Deep Creek Hot Springs Trail
Deep Creek Hot Springs Trail is a popular trail located near Apple Valley that features hot springs. It’s 5.1 miles and best hiked from March to October. Dogs are allowed on a leash.
Dripping Springs Trail
Dripping Springs Trail is a campground with a 13.7 mile trail. It’s located near Temecula, CA. It’s a pretty difficult trail, but if you can make it, you’ll see beautiful flowers, and the backtrails of Temecula. Dogs are allowed on a leash.
Graffiti Waterfall Trail
Graffiti Waterfall Trail is one of the coolest trails in the Inland Empire. It’s only 0.8 miles and it’s relatively easy walk, run or hike. It also features a stunning waterfall, but obviously, the most amazing part of this trail is the Graffiti Art. You have to see it in person to believe it!
Heart Rock Falls Trail
Heart Rock Falls Trail is a popular 1.7 mile hike that’s located near Cedar Pines Park. The trail features a beautiful waterfall, and of course, a giant rock with heart shaped center. It’s a great trail for hikers at any skill level or lovebirds getting proposed.
Johnson’s Pasture Trail
Johnson’s Pasture Trail is a 4.3 mile trail located that features stunning wildflowers and scenic views. This trail is for great for moderate to expert level hikers and dogs are allowed on a leash.
Marshall Canyon Trail
Marshall Canyon Trail is a great trail located near La Verne, CA. It’s a great hike for anyone looking to get away from the city for a few hours. The trail is 10.4 miles and dogs are allowed on a leash.
Mt. Baldy Loop
The Mt. Baldy Loop is a 9.5 mile trail that is located in the heart of the mountains. Although it isn’t extremely difficult, it is in the wilderness, so it’s only recommended for experienced adventurers.
Mt. Rubidoux Trail
Mt. Rubidoux Trail is a popular trail that’s great for hikers of all skill levels. It features stunning views of the Inland Empire and dogs are allowed on a leash.
Etiwanda Falls Trail
Etiwanda Falls Trail is a popular trail in Rancho Cucamonga. It’s only 3.4 miles and it features a beautiful waterfall and a great escape from the city. Dogs are allowed on a leash.
Oak Glen Preserve Trail
The Oak Glen Preserve Trail is a relatively easy trail located near Yucaipa, CA. It features a beautiful lake and it’s good for hiking, walking, or camping. Dogs are allowed on a leash.
San Antonio Falls Trail
San Antonio Falls Trail is a quick 1.2 mile trail that’s located near Mt. Baldy. The biggest draw of this trail is the stunning cascading waterfall. The trail is meant for moderate to expert level hikers and dogs are allowed on a leash.
San Bernardino Peak Trail To Angeles Oaks
San Bernardino Peak Trail To Angeles Oaks is a beautiful trail in the mountains of Angeles Oaks. It’s 15.7 miles and features a gorgeous river. Dogs are allowed on the trail with a leash, however, it’s only recommended for experienced hikers because the trail is extremely difficult to hike.
Siberia Creek Trail
Siberia Creek Trail is located near Big Bear, CA. It features a beautiful waterfall and it’s considered a moderate level hike. However, it’s 17.3 miles long, so it’s probably best suited for experienced day hikers and campers.
Skyline Drive Trail
Skyline Drive Trail is an 11.4 mile trail located near Corona, CA. It features a cave and stunning views of the city skyline. This trail is considered moderate, leashed dogs are allowed, and it’s accessible year round.
Tenaja Falls Trail
Tenaja Falls Trail is a 1.4 mile hike that features a gorgeous waterfall. It’s a relatively easy trail that’s great for people who like to hike, walk, or explore the outdoors. The trail is accessible year-round and dogs are allowed as long as they are leashed.
The M Trail
The M Trail is located in Box Springs Mountain Park, Moreno Valley. It’s a 7.3 mile trail and it’s not easy, so moderate to expert level hikers, this one’s for you! Dogs are allowed, but only on a leash. The best time to go is a few weeks after a heavy rain, when you do, it looks like this…
Two Trees Trail
Two Trees Trail is a short, 2.6 mile hike – but the incline is steep. If you can hike, walk, or run to the top, the views are stunning!
Vivian Creek Trail
Vivian Creek Trail is a whopping 17.7 mile hike and features a beautiful waterfall. However, it’s trails are extremely hard and you’re smack dab in the middle of the wilderness. As a result, we only recommend this one for highly experienced hikers and adventurers.
Woodland Nature Trail
Woodland Nature Trail is the perfect trail for families. It’s just 1.6 miles, has stunning nature views, and it’s easy – which makes it perfect for kids. If you’re interested in a relaxing stroll or if you want to spend family time with the little ones, this one’s for you!
Agua Tibia Loop Trail
If you’re up for a challenge, Agua Tibia Loop Trail may be the trail for you! It’s 20 miles long and extremely difficult, so it’s best to go if you’re planning to camp along the way. Be aware that if you go after a wet season, the trail may be overgrown thereafter.
Crafton Hills: Grape Avenue Trail
The Grape Avenue Trail is 6.9 miles, but it’s relatively easy and great for all skill levels of hikers. It features scenic views of the Inland Valley and is great for people who like to day hike.
Forsee Creek Trail
Forsee Creek Trail is a 12.7 mile trail located near Angeles Oaks. It’s a great trail that can be used for hiking, walking, running, or bird watching.
Terri Peak Loop Trail
Terri Peak Loop Trail is a 4.6 mile trail in Moreno Valley that’s good for hikers at varying skill levels. It’s accessible year round and dogs are allowed on a leash. Just watch out for the wild burros!
The Big C Trail
The Big C Trail is located in Riverside, CA. It’s 2.1 miles long and fairly difficult, because it’s all incline. However, if you’re looking for a quick workout or burning some serious calories, then this trail is for you!
Whispering Pines and Ponderosa Vista Trails
Whispering Pines and Ponderosa Vista Trails is a fun little trail loop located near Angeles Oaks. It’s only 0.4 miles and can be used for walking, running, or viewing nature. Dogs are allowed, but only on a leash.
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