Two Trees Trail is a moderately strenuous hike in Box Springs. Two Trees Trail is continually voted as the best sunset hike in Riverside by yours truly, and you should trust me because I occasionally I know what I am talking about.
Trailhead: 430 Two Trees Rd, Riverside, CA
Length: 3 miles (RT) OR add another 3 miles (total) by following the Edison Trail to the radio towers and heading back on the fire road
Elevation Gain: 950 ft.
Total time: Over 2 hours, depending on your hiking level
Dogs: Yes, on leash
Parking: Free at the trailhead. There is also a dirt lot at the end of Blaine that serves as overflow
This trail climbs steadily (and is at times steep) to the Two Trees Park at the top of Box Springs. It offers great views of Riverside, and on clear days, Ontario and the San Gabriel Mountain range. This hike is a great beginning conditioning hike for longer treks.
If you would like to stop here, you may turn around and head back down the trail–OR you can add some more steps to your day by taking the Edison Trail down to the radio towers and come back via the fire road. This will make the trip about 6 miles and offer another set of views.
This trail is completely exposed so I recommend doing it early morning, late afternoon, or during any season but Summer unless you’re into heat exhaustion.
There is wildlife along the trail, including rattlesnakes. You may also see mule deer, rabbits, coyotes, and birds. A sign at the beginning of the trail notes that there are cougars, so promise to do your very best not to get eaten.
As of August 2016, Lazy Ass Hiking hosts a meetup hike on Mondays, so you should check it out. Unless you’re a murderer and/or a creepo. Then please don’t check it out.