The Recreational Trails Board is looking for volunteers to help maintain the multi-use trails in your area. These trails combine uses for pedestrians, bicyclists, and of course equestrians. If you or your group wish to contribute time to maintaining the everlasting beauty of this trail system, please contact Parks Maintenance at 951.413.3703.
Accessing the Trails
Multi-use trails can be accessed at many points in the City. There are staging areas to facilitate access to specific trail heads including the Rancho Verde Staging Area, Moreno Valley Equestrian Center and many park facilities.
- Know your capabilities before you participate in a hike.
- If you need physical assistance, please bring a companion.
- Make sure to wear a comfortable pair of hiking boots or walking shoes designed for good traction on off-road terrain.
- Bring water, a snack, optional walking stick, sunscreen, and hat as needed.
- A guideline would be:
Difficult/Strenuous - significant elevation gains/challenging terrain
Moderate - some elevation gains/hills
Easy - basically flat/neighborhood walk
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Hikes to the Top 2014
|September 27, 2014
Hike to Lake Perris (Moderate)
Meet at 7:30 a.m. in the parking lot in front of
Ridgecrest Elementary School
28500 John F. Kennedy Drive, Moreno Valley
(Approximately 7.2 miles round trip)
|October 25, 2014
Hike to Box Springs M Trail (Difficult)
Meet at 7:30 a.m. in the parking lot on the west side of campus
Canyon Springs High School
23100 Cougar Canyon Drive, Moreno Valley
(Approximately 4.8 miles round trip)
Download a pdf file of the 2014 Hikes to the Top.
Hiking Waiver, Release, and Hold Harmless Agreement
Hikes to the Top Award Program
To expand the awareness of and interest in Moreno Valley's trails and surrounding hills and paseos, the Recreational Trails Board invites you to join us on our Hike to the Top events. To this end, we are initiating the Moreno Valley Hiker Award.
The award will consist of a specially designed sewn patch and/or certificate, and the recipient's accomplishments announced in the Parks and Recreation guide.
Trail Rating: Difficult, 3.6 miles round trip with an elevation change of 1,100 feet.
Strollers not recommended.
No restrooms available.
Olive Hill is the peak north of the Moreno Valley city limits and east of Perris Boulevard. We like to start our Hike to the Top events from a school or park familiar to our citizens. If you want to do the hike on your own or with a group, a good starting point is the top of Kitching Avenue. You can go north on Perris Boulevard from the 60 freeway, turn right (east) on Kalmia Avenue, then left on Kitching Avenue to the end of the paved road.
The hike begins at Palm Middle School which is on the northeast corner of Ironwood Avenue and Slawson Avenue. Ironwood Avenue is north of the 60 Freeway; Slawson Avenue is between Perris Boulevard and Nason Street. We meet in the parking lot on the north side of campus and the hike proceeds north on Slawson Avenue. Slawson Avenue ends at Kalmia Avenue where we turn left. We go down Kalmia Avenue approximately a quarter of mile then turn right on Kitching Street.
When the pavement ends, along with a barrier that blocks vehicle access, we continue up the dirt path. When we reach the base of the hill, we see a number of different trails. There is a prominent trail that crosses the trail we traveled. To the left, you will see the more prominent trail goes along the south edge of an old olive orchard planted on the slope; veering to the left the path will continue on the east side of the olive trees. The more prominent trail goes right with a pretty challenging climb along the base of Olive Hill. The trail we are looking for is to the left of the larger trail. Although this trail is smaller and easy to miss if you haven’t hiked it before, you will see that significant effort has been made to prepare a really nice path up this hill.
The trail winds up the hill. Going up the hill you will pass other trails that go up the hill more directly. This trail is unique because it makes the summit accessible with less of the steep climbs you would usually find.
At the top of the hill you will see that the trail continues turning to the right or east. That trail is very steep but you can hike down and come back into Moreno Valley on Crystal Hill Drive, then turn right on Kalmia Avenue or Boulder Ridge and make your way back to Palm Middle School.
If you continue going east after the trail levels, you will come back into Moreno Valley on Oliver Street north of Ironwood Avenue. That part of Oliver Street is not open for vehicles but the trail can be accessed.
San Timoteo Canyon
Trail Rating: Moderate, 5.6 miles round trip with a 350 foot elevation change.
The hike starts at the Equestrian Center just past Locust Avenue on Redlands Boulevard in the northeast part of the city. From the Equestrian Center, cross the street and proceed about one third mile on the shoulder of the road until you reach the trail. Redlands Boulevard can be a busy street with cars traveling fast, so this part requires caution. The trail itself is wide and does not have really steep climbs or drops and could be done easily with a stroller; however, it is not recommended to cross Redlands Boulevard or the shoulder before reaching the trail because of the street traffic.
Someone with a stroller may want to begin the trail from Locust Avenue, making a right on Quincy Avenue, make another right to where the pavement ends and begin the hike there. Quincy Road continues as a dirt road until it merges with the trail and is suitable for strollers.
The hike is fairly flat going and then climbs gradually as you get into the canyon. Stay on the main trail until you get to the end of the canyon. At the end of the canyon, there is a trail that goes down the hill. The trail also continues to the right but you will go left. The end of the hike is at the trail head by the Trammel Ranch Development. Return the way you went in.
We meet in the parking lot of Hidden Springs Elementary School then walk north using the crosswalk by Greenridge to cross Hidden Springs, then walk north to the beginning of the trail; turn right from Hidden Springs Boulevard. The first part of the hike is slightly downhill as we follow the creek through the Hidden Springs neighborhood. This area is unique because instead of the water drainage from the neighborhood and the surrounding hills going into a concrete flood channel, it goes into the Pigeon Pass Creek which has been preserved. The area around the creek is called the "arroyo" and is a wonderful asset. The trail will take us to the Old Lake/Hidden Springs and Pigeon Pass intersection.
Once we cross Hidden Springs, we take a trail into Box Springs County Park; the park that encompasses Box Springs Mountain. In addition to the developed area we hike through, the park has trail access in Riverside at the end of Blaine Avenue. Turn left at the first fork in the trail, then turn left on either of the trails that cross the trail. The second trail is part of a cross country course. Both trails meet near Pigeon Pass Road. The trail runs parallel to Pigeon Pass Road before going west past the caretaker's residence and the Old Adobe.
Adjacent to the caretaker's residence is a restroom, water faucet, picnic tables and grass, parking, and drinking troughs for horses. This is also where you can find the trail to the top of Box Springs Mountain. We will take the trail to the right that stays at the base of the mountain, a less challenging climb. As the trail turns to the north, we will go down to a fork in the trail. We will take the trail on the left. There is a hill preceded by trails that go towards the neighborhoods and the arroyo which crosses Hidden Springs Boulevard and comes west to the end of the homes in this area. There is also a trail that goes to the top of the hill and one that goes around the hill. They will meet on the other side of the hill. We will climb the hill because the view from the top is worth the effort and the top of the hill is a great place to rest.
The descent from the top of the hill is the most difficult part of the hike because it is steep. The trail continues north with the mountains to the left and a view of the homes to the right. As we pass the last tract of homes the trails forks again. We will go to the left but we are now walking around the perimeter of the area in front of us. The trail will take you along the edge of the mountain. The trail ends as we arrive at a water tower with a paved access that turns into gravel as it goes back into Moreno Valley. There is a trail on the other side of the gravel road that we will take to the cluster of Eucalyptus trees. There are trails that go into the Eucalyptus grove but we will stay on the one just beyond the gravel road. Take the trail to the right, then do a short detour through the grove before coming out on Greenridge Drive and down to the school.
Although we meet at Hidden Springs Elementary School, there are a couple access points, all of them closer to the rest of Moreno Valley. You could access this trail from Vista Heights Middle School on the corner of Old Lake Road and Pigeon Pass Road. You can park in the parking lot on weekends or evenings.
You could access this trail from Box Springs County Park. Turn left from Pigeon Pass onto Hidden Springs/Old Lake then turn left into Box Springs Park. It is open dawn to dusk everyday and there are restroom facilities.
This hike is unique in that most of the hikes have a destination and then we come back on the same trail, usually coming back down the hill. This hike is a loop with no really significant climbs. The last part of the hike has rolling hills that would be very challenging for a baby stroller.
Hidden Springs; the name of the hike, the school, the street which encircles the neighborhood and the neighborhood, refers to springs of water that come out of Box Springs Mountain. We don't actually see a hidden spring but old water pipes that brought water from the springs to the area's early residents are visible on the hike. This is a great hike for seeing wildlife. We usually see wild burros on the upper part of the hike; and a lot of rabbits, squirrels and birds in the arroyo; coyotes can be anywhere.
The hike is longer than 3.3 miles, closer to 6 miles.
Rules and Courtesy along Trails
It is important for you to help maintain the beauty of our trails by observing the following rules:
- Pedestrians: Watch for other trail users. Glance over your shoulder once in a while to stay aware of those around you.
- Equestrians: Speak to trail users. Help teach other people about horses. Many don’t know that they need to talk to you.
- Bicyclists: Yield to pedestrians and equestrians. It is your responsibility to yield to slower traffic. Ride single file when passing. When you are being passed, please be courteous. Wear a helmet for your protection.
- Dogs must be restrained by a leash and under control at all times. Please pick up and properly dispose of your dog’s waste.
- Smoking is prohibited.
- Alcoholic beverages are prohibited.
- Do not endanger visitors, wildlife, or trail property.
- Please do not litter along the trails, pack litter out.
- Stay on designated trails.
Maintaining all the miles of trails is a challenge. That's why the Recreational Trails Board established the "Adopt-a-Trail” program.
The "Adopt-a-Trail" program allows any private organization, business, non-profit, civic group, or individual to take an active role in maintaining the trail system in Moreno Valley. Young or old, anyone can participate.
The "Adopt-a-Trail" program:
- Provides more enjoyable recreational opportunities
- Contributes to the appearance of neighborhoods
- Attracts new businesses and promotes tourism
- Promotes a sense of community
- Enhances property values
It doesn't take much to keep our trails beautiful. It only takes a commitment to pick up trash, fill holes and tidy up your section of trail a few times a year. With the "Adopt-a-Trail" program, trails are assigned in one-mile segments on a first come, first served basis. If you'd like to adopt a trail, fill out the application or call the Parks Division of the Parks & Community Services Department at 951.413.3702.