Hike to the UC Riverside "C"

C Hike Trailhead - Search Nearby - 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.

Distance

1.9 Miles RT

Elevation Gain

950 ft Gain

Type

Out-and-Back

Activities

Fitness, Chillin, Photography, Hiking

Easy Parking

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We want to acknowledge and thank the past, present, and future generations of all Native Nations and Indigenous Peoples whose ancestral lands we travel, explore, and play on. Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations. Please explore responsibly!

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Tough But Worth The View

This is a great work out and it's a short, quick hike for a fantastic view... if you're in shape! When I first tackled this I was really out of shape and not quite prepared for how steep the trail is at times. But I came back a few times and eventually made it to the C. It was worth it.

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