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Redlands, California

For the best trails and outdoor activities in Redlands, California, the top must-visit is the Santa Ana River Trail. This scenic path stretches for nearly 50 miles, offering a mix of flat, paved areas and challenging, rocky terrain. It's perfect for hiking, biking, and horseback riding. Along the trail, you'll come across the iconic Seven Oaks Dam, a massive concrete structure that's a sight to behold. For water activities, the Santa Ana River is a great spot for kayaking and fishing. Another notable feature is the San Bernardino National Forest, which the trail cuts through. With its towering trees and diverse wildlife, it's a treat for outdoor adventurers. In and near Redlands, these outdoor attractions provide a unique blend of physical challenge and natural beauty.

Top Spots in and near Redlands

  • Corona, California

    Hike to Santiago Peak via Holy Jim

    5.0
    15 mi / 4500 ft gain
    When you think of Orange County, you think of beaches, boardwalks, but what you may not know is that there are some great hikes in our very own backyard! My favorite is a fairly strenuous day hiking adventure that only the strong survive. Not to dissuade any interested parties, since this is a ...
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  • Corona, California

    Hike to Holy Jim Falls

    3.0
    2.9 mi / 570 ft gain
    To start, directions on how to get to the trail there are two different ways, the most common , which I will explain, being through Rancho Santa Margarita you will head east on Santa Margarita Parkway, turn left at the dead end (into a parking lot for a shopping center) on Plano Trabuco Road, thi...
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  • Lake Elsinore, California

    Hike Bear Canyon Trail to Sitton Peak

    6.4 mi / 2200 ft gain
    A MUST hike for any orange country resident! The hike starts of off Ortega HWY 74 at the Bear Canyon Trail head on the same side of the road as the Ortega oaks candy store. Its recommended you park in the lot across the street from the trail head (tip:there is a working water spicket in the parki...
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  • Lake Elsinore, California

    Sitton Peak

    9.36 mi / 2011 ft gain
    It's amazing what you can find in your own backyard if you really do you research. In Orange County there are so many awesome hiking options that are often overlooked. The Bear Canyon to Sitton Peak Trail in the San Mateo Wilderness is one of those. Sitton tops out at 3,273 feet and it's a 5 mil...
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  • La Verne, California

    Marshall Canyon Trail

    4.0
    5.99 mi / 722 ft gain
    For this adventure you can choose to start in a multiple of places; for the easiest parking use Oak Mesa Park located next to Oak Mesa Elementary School. From the parking lot cross the soccer field towards the bridge on the north east end of the school. Once across the bridge follow Los Robles ea...
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  • Silverado, California

    Harding Falls Trail

    5.0
    5.96 mi / 1378 ft gain
    The lot provides free parking, with plenty of spaces available throughout the day.  The first few miles feature a descent into the canyon on a defined trail out in the open. The way back up is a decent incline in the sun!   Be prepared, because even though 6+ miles may not seem too hard, this h...
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  • Hemet, California

    Hike South Fork Trail

    5.4 mi / 1056 ft gain
    Begin by following the unsigned but visible trail on the south side of the turnout. You climb steadily through bushes and past granite boulders. At half a mile, you pass over to the western slope of the hill where the trail bends southeast, providing your first look of the river valley far below....
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  • Silverado, California

    Hike to Black Star Canyon Falls

    4.8
    7.5 mi / 913 ft gain
    Waterfalls in Orange County are far and few between, with the best lying near and inside the Cleveland National Forest. Black Star Canyon Falls are some of the best just after a rain if you are heading out during a dry time of the season you should still expect to see some water. Free parking, ea...
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  • Mountain Center, California

    Tahquitz Peak via Devils Slide Trail

    5.0
    8.31 mi / 2238 ft gain
    Tahquitz Peak via Devils Slide Trail is a moderately trafficked 8+ mile out and back trail located near Idyllwild, California. This trail is one of the most popular hikes in the San Jacinto area that features a fire lookout tower at the peak and amazing views of the valley below.  At an elevation...
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  • Mountain Center, California

    Mount San Jacinto via Devil's Slide

    4.5
    14.57 mi / 4475 ft gain
    Mt. San Jacinto is the second tallest peak in Southern California at 10,834’. Although this route requires a fair amount of work, the effort is more than rewarded by the expansive views, forest, meadows, and dramatic topography. You will need an Adventure Pass ($5/day) to park at Humber Park, as...
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  • Morongo Valley, California

    Big Morongo Canyon Trail

    11.65 mi / 1401 ft gain
    Big Morongo Canyon Trail is a loop trail where you may see wildflowers located near Morongo Valley, California.
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  • Palm Springs, California

    Palm Springs Tram to Idyllwild

    5.0
    10.09 mi / 1404 ft gain
    Palm Springs Tram to Idyllwild is a point-to-point trail where you may see wildflowers located near Palm Springs, California.
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  • Palm Springs, California

    Hidden Lake via Willow Creek Trail

    3.35 mi / 518 ft gain
    Hidden Lake via Willow Creek Trail is a loop trail that takes you by a lake located near Palm Springs, California.
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  • Palm Springs, California

    Caramba Overlook

    12.97 mi / 2779 ft gain
    Caramba Overlook is an out-and-back trail that provides a good opportunity to see wildlife located near Palm Springs, California.
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  • Trabuco Canyon, California

    Hike the Bellview to Dove Lake Trail

    2.5 mi / 75 ft gain
    This hike will be about going from the Bellview Trailhead to Dove Lake and back. Note that once you get to Dove Lake there are numerous offshoots that can take you in different directions (you can follow the road into the Dove Canyon housing community, take a paved road back to the Bellview parki...
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  • La Verne, California

    Bridge to Nowhere via East Fork Trail

    4.4
    9.65 mi / 1798 ft gain
    The trail on this 10-mile hike is predominately slow and steady, but can be a little rocky, so be prepared to scramble. When you’re fording the river, the water level can range from knee to chest high, especially in the wet months. A good pair of waterproof hiking boots is helpful, but water shoe...
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