Trailhead: Westwood St. and Westwood Lane, Grand Terrace
Length: 4.2 miles
Elevation Gain: 1159
Difficulty: Advanced beginner
Total time: 2 hours
Parking: Parking in a residential area. Watch for the red curbs-there’s a lot of them.
Blue Mountain is one of my favorite hikes, especially in the spring time when it’s green. Makes you feel like you’re in Ireland, except you’re not. You’re in Grand Terrace where the beer does not flow as freely.
After parking, go past the yellow gate and head down the road. You’ll take the first right and head towards the mountain. Once you get to the base of the mountain, you’ll see a trail that goes straight up. If you’re new to hiking, don’t take this trail, turn to the right and take THAT trail towards the one set of trees you’ll see during your entire hike.
I promise you can do the crazy up the mountain trail when you’re better at it.
The trail is pretty easy to find and follow as long as you keep going up. While there are some side shoots, they all tend to circle back to the main trail. Keep hiking to the top until you hit the radio towers, and you’re done. You can also explore around the top of the mountain.
Although I would consider this a beginner trail, it’s by no means easy. There are many steep hills and it’s exposed to the point where you might feel like you’re in the Sahara leading a camel around, except you’re not, and if you were, you’d probably hop on that camel and ride that bad boy to the top, you cheater.
At the top you will be rewarded with stunning views of the Inland Empire. This is one of my favorite spots to take noobs because the sunset scenes are stellar.
This is also a great hike for kids who are conditioned. There are lots of rocks at the top to scramble up, unless you’re the type of parent who doesn’t want their child scrambling up things because YOU NEVER LET ME DO ANYTHING FUN!
Because the hike is so exposed, I recommend sticking to fall/winter/spring months, or doing it as a sunset hike. Otherwise you might pass out and embarrass yourself/have a really expensive medical bill.