Summary: This trail begins right where the houses end and climbs steadily, sometimes steeply, to a dirt road coming up from Moreno Valley. Along the way, views of Riverside, and on clear days, Ontairio and the San Gabriel range open up. From the road at the end of this hike, numerous other trails branch off through Box Springs Mountain Park. Birdwatching is popular in the park, and a surprising amount of wildlife. I have seen coyotes, Mule deer, and rabbit from the trail, and there have been reports of cougar sightings, I have not been that lucky. If you go on the weekend, expect company, but I have often gone on weekdays and had the hill to myself.
Trailhead: From Riverside 60 fwy eastbound: Take Blaine St. exit, follow Blaine St. all the way to the end. Park in dirt lot where Blaine ends, then take short alley to residential street and turn right, following the street to trailhead proper, where parking is prohibited. (Lat:33.982 Lon:-117.308)
Trail Guides for Box Springs Park-Two Trees trail:
Best Seasons: Fall, Spring, Winter,
User Groups: Hikers, Bikes, Horses,
Ranger Contact: Riverside County Parks and Recreation Dept. 909-955-4310
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by Lorin John, who has posted 2 other hikes on this site
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Reviewed by Troop 16 John on 3/21/2013
This is my favorite local hike. Great training for San Gorgonio! My 13 year old son and I did the entire 3 mile loop in an hour and fifteen minutes. It has quite a bit of elevation gain in the 1.5 mile climb! If you are not use to hiking with elevation gain, give yourself two hours, don't forget your water and hat. Summer time temps make this hike very tough! Get out and hike :)
Reviewed by isabella on 11/2/2012
good running area
Reviewed by jeff on 6/11/2012
Over the years i've done this hike hundreds of times. It is like an old friend. When I can't get out of town, I will do this hike for a fix. When i,m in hiking training mode, I will do this hike three to four times a week early in the morning. It's not the high country, but it is great for the city
Reviewed by Kat F. on 4/9/2012
The boyfriend and I hiked this on 4/7/12. It was a gorgeous day out, 85 degrees and the sky was clear. We took the 60fwy to Frederick/Pigeon Pass, Turn Left and take for 4 miles and turn on to Box Springs Road. There is a sign that asks people to deposit $4 for a fee, however we did not have cash & neither did other individuals out there. We were not cited, there is no way of knowing which car paid. Anyway, it was a great hike, lots of terrain, boulders and brush throughout the trail. We saw a jackrabbit, lizards, and on the way back down we saw about 20 burros (donkeys). There is no shade, I highly recommend sun block and a hat! I highly recommend this hike!
Reviewed by DLH on 12/23/2011
Nice trail. Just an up and back. Trail is in good shape. Not too steep, but a nice climb: about 950 feet in just over 1 mile by my calculations.
Reviewed by Anthony on 9/20/2010
I love this trail during fall, winter and spring. Especially when you get to the top there are alot of places to explore up there. If you go during the summer watch out for rattle snakes. If you are into bouldering or geocaching its awsome for that as well Box Springs is covered in Geocaches and plenty of boulders to climb on all day. You can also drive up to the park taking take 60east from riverside exit pigeon pass go left and follow it all the way to the end and you will hit box springs rd and follow that up the dirt road to the top and you can park and pay there theres a really clean out house ranger station picnic tables and a map of the whole area.
Reviewed by nikki on 8/17/2010
This is a quick trail to hike if you don't have too much time on your hands. It took my group about an hour forty five minutes (we hiked around another trail for a bit). We hiked this about a week ago, on a sunday afternoon, and saw quite a few people on it. There are some really gorgeous views once you reach the top. Great trail, I definitely recommend it.
Reviewed by Viewer on 7/1/2010
over the years, i've done this hundreds of times. It is a good hike when you just can't get out of town up to the high forest country. Sometimes i do it before work early in the morning. It is a perfect trail for a hiker to get a quick fix
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