Trailhead: 11660 Sierra Avenue, Fontana
Length: 3 miles
Elevation Gain: 1200 ft.
Difficulty: Fairly strenuous and completely exposed
Total time: 2 hours
Dogs: Yes, on leash
Parking: Martin Tudor Jurupa Hills regional park
On a whim I decided to try a new trail. I’d heard about Jurupa Hills a few times, but never made my way out there due to feelings of “eh” and reluctance to try new things.
After lazing around the condo for a bit, I ventured out and got to the park around 10:30 a.m. This was mistake.
Jurupa Hills is completely exposed, so at 10:30 a.m. you’re subjected to egg frying heat. If you try this trail, and I suggest you do, make sure you go at a better time. Like, in the late afternoon. Or early morning. I mean, like 6:00 a.m. early, not like 2:00 a.m. morning. Unless you’re hopped up on energy drinks and doing energy drink-related activities at 2:00 a.m. Then I can’t really advise you on when to do this hike.
I do advise you to stop consuming energy drinks at 2:00 a.m., though.
Where was I?
Oh, yes, the trail. It is steep at times, and I was not mentally prepared for it, thinking it was more like Mt. Rubidoux. It’s not. The beginning is pretty strenuous, and there are many “false peaks” that will cause you to shake your fist at Persperous, God of Hiking* because you feel like he keeps lying to you and you’ll never get to the top.
When you get to the top, it will be a wide, flat surface, like an extinct volcano, or a mesa. The views from this area are unparalleled. You’re right in the center of the Inland Empire with 360 degree views, although if you go on a hazy day, you’re just going to see haze, and that’s not very interesting. On a non-hazy day, you can see all of the So Cal six pack. This trail is also covered in graffiti, although I’ve seen worse.
One final tip: I would suggest doing this trail sometime in the spring. It’s gorgeous when it’s green and surrounded by wildflowers, but like everywhere in the lower Inland Empire, turns to scorched earth once summer hits.
For more information, check out the post on Nobody Hikes in LA.
*I just made that god up.