Riverside County offers a variety of unique and thrilling trails. From a peaceful stroll with the whole family, to a challenging adventure, there is a perfect trail for you. These trails offer scenic views, distinctive rock formations, and a whole lot of fun.
Painted Canyon in Mecca (Whitewater River Watershed): Big Painted Canyon is located outside of the desert city of Mecca. This adventurous trail ranges from ladders to slot canyons set against beautiful desert scenery. Throughout this hike, you will stumble upon unique rock formations that illuminate throughout the day. This trail is 6.5 miles long and you will experience a gain of 100 feet of elevation so be sure to bring plenty of water. There is an option to not use the ladders, but the ladders are the easiest way to move from one area to another.
Mount Rubidoux (Santa Ana Watershed): Mount Rubidoux is just west of downtown Riverside and has been designated as a city park and a landmark. Mount Rubidoux Trail is a 2.7 mile heavily trafficked loop trail that features beautiful wildflowers. The trail has some incline, but it is great for strollers and wheelchairs. Mt. Rubidoux trail is a great place for a quick run or a beautiful hike with friends and family. This spot is known for its photogenic cross and American Flag that serve as a monument on the top of the trail.
Earnie Maxwell Scenic Trail (Santa Ana Watershed): A lovely 5 mile forested trail with great views of Tahquitz/Suicide Rock that is a perfect setting for a leisurely family hike. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.