Hike to the UC Riverside "C"

Rate this Adventure Los Angeles C Hike Trailhead

Added by Travis Wrightsman

Ascend almost a thousand feet to the golden "C" of the University of California, Riverside! Hike up moderately-challenging trails to the top and take in a breathtaking view of the entire valley.

This approximately 2 mile round-trip hike takes you a thousand feet above the valley floor that Riverside lies in. Start by parking somewhere along East Big Springs Road, following the trail signs, and going in the direction of the large golden "C". Cross the train tracks and begin climbing along the well-established trails until you reach the top! At the top (and on the way up) is a great spot to take pictures of the city and on a clear day the view goes on for many miles!

For an additional challenge, you can continue to the very top of the mountain from the "C". Be careful when doing this as much of the mountainside is unstable dirt.

Pack List

  • Water
  • Shoes with good traction
  • Good sun protection in the summer
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Activities:

Chillin, Fitness, Hiking, Photography

Skill Level:

Intermediate

Season:

Year Round

Trail Type:

Out-and-Back

Distance:

1.9 Miles

Elev. Gain:

950 Feet

Features:

Easy Parking

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about 1 year ago

Amazing View and Great Workout

I love the view from the top of the mountain and it is a great weekly workout for me! There is parking on Big Springs Rd and I can easily walk to the trailhead from my car.

about 1 year ago

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