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The Best Backpacking in Riverside

Looking for the best backpacking in Riverside? We've got you covered with the top trails, trips, hiking, backpacking, camping and more around Riverside. The detailed guides, photos, and reviews are all submitted by the Outbound community.

Top backpacking spots in and near Riverside

  • Silverado, California

    Pleasants Peak via North Main Divide Traverse

    12.06 mi / 3383 ft gain
    Pleasants Peak via North Main Divide Traverse is a point-to-point trail where you may see wildflowers located near Silverado, California.
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  • Lytle Creek, California

    Big Tree Trail to Cucamonga Peak

    10.38 mi / 3182 ft gain
    Big Tree Trail to Cucamonga Peak is an out-and-back trail that takes you through a nice forest located near Lytle Creek, California.
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  • Lake Elsinore, California

    Chiquito Trail to Chiquito Falls

    8.62 mi / 1598 ft gain
    Chiquito Trail to Chiquito Falls is a loop trail that takes you by a waterfall located near Lake Elsinore, California.
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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

    Hike Sitton Peak

    10 mi / 2037 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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  • Lytle Creek, California

    Middle Fork Trail to Icehouse Saddle

    9.77 mi / 3799 ft gain
    Middle Fork Trail to Icehouse Saddle is an out-and-back trail that takes you by a waterfall located near San Bernardino, California.
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  • Lake Elsinore, California

    San Juan Trail to Los Pinos Trail Loop

    21.79 mi / 5341 ft gain
    San Juan Trail to Los Pinos Trail Loop is a loop trail that takes you through a nice forest located near Trabuco Canyon, California.
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  • Mount Baldy, California

    Mount Baldy 10 Peaks

    28.73 mi / 10571 ft gain
    Mount Baldy 10 Peaks is a point-to-point trail that takes you by a waterfall located near Mount Baldy, California.
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  • Mount Baldy, California

    Ontario Peak and Cucamonga Peak via Icehouse Canyon Trailhead

    16.22 mi / 5610 ft gain
    We started out at 8am on a Sunday, usually parking at Ice House Saddle can be tricky, I would advise going earlier. We headed out on our journey hiking up to the saddle, when you reach the switchbacks there is a fresh water spring, it's the last place you can get water...so stock up! We pressed o...
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  • Phelan, California

    Lone Pine to Inspiration to Cloudburst Summit

    47.17 mi / 13182 ft gain
    Lone Pine to Inspiration to Cloudburst Summit is a point-to-point trail that provides a good opportunity to see wildlife located near Phelan, California.
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  • Forest Falls, California

    Loch Leven to Angelus Oaks

    9.78 mi / 2054 ft gain
    Loch Leven to Angelus Oaks is an out-and-back trail that is moderately difficult located near Yucaipa, California.
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  • Mount Baldy, California

    Register Ridge to Mount San Antonio

    6.3 mi / 4101 ft gain
    Register Ridge to Mount San Antonio is an out and back trail that takes you by a waterfall located near Mount Baldy, California
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  • Mount Baldy, California

    Mt Baldy and San Antonio Falls via Falls Road, Register Ridge and Devil's Backbone Trail

    6.99 mi / 3924 ft gain
    Mt Baldy and San Antonio Falls via Falls Road, Register Ridge and Devil's Backbone Trail is a loop trail that takes you by a waterfall located near Mount Baldy, California.
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  • Forest Falls, California

    Summit Mt. San Bernardino from Angelus Oaks

    16 mi / 4775 ft gain
    The trailhead is somewhat 'interesting' to get to given the dirt roads are in questionable shape and some of the roads in Angelus Oaks are not easily identifiable but I didn't have any problems finding it by closely following Google Maps.    Trailhead parking requires an Adventure Pass parking pe...
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  • Murrieta, California

    Fisherman's Camp Loop and Tenaja Falls

    6.8 mi / 1017 ft gain
    Fisherman's Camp Loop and Tenaja Falls is a loop trail that takes you by a waterfall located near Lake Elsinore, California.
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  • San Bernardino County, California

    Deep Creek Hot Springs via Bradford Ridge

    4.0
    4.75 mi / 1335 ft gain
    Located in the San Bernardino National Forest and part of the Pacific Crest Trail, the Deep Creek Hot Springs are a relaxing site for those of us without access to a Jacuzzi. There are at least 4 pools of hot (not just warm) water that you can soak in with your fellow neighbor (who may or may not...
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