The Inland Empire is often thought of for its hikes, and for good reason. With such a vast array of geological zones, so many different ecological environments in one area, and nearly perfect weather all day every day, it makes sense that the IE offers such varied and exciting hiking options. These ten trails are some of the most popular and spectacular hikes you can take in and around the Inland Empire.
Inland Empire Hikes
This hike is unlike any other hike you will take near the Inland Empire. With breathtaking views on a 5,800 foot climb in the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway, this hike is definitely unique. Once you get up to the top of the tram, there are several different hiking options that you have. Take a walk on the self-guided nature trail or take a more challenging hike on the Desert View Trail in Mount San Jacinto State Park. The trip up the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway will set you back a few bucks, with the Dine ‘n’ Ride being a fun and popular option.
This hike is located in the Santa Ana Mountains and is home to one of the most beautiful nature reserves in the west. With natural lakes that fill each winter, acres of tall meadows, and beautiful rolling hills, this hike is great for the serious adventurer and those looking for a family friendly hike.
This is a hike that is appropriate for almost any experience level. Just under 4 miles round trip, the trail ends at the base of Eaton Canyon Falls. There are areas where you have to cross the creek bed and the climb at the end to the actual falls can be more challenging, but for the most part this hike is easy and beautiful.
This trail is one of the most unique hikes you can take in the entire West. Stretching just over ten miles, you can hike along the San Gabriel River to the famous Bridge to Nowhere. This bridge is a large concrete bridge in a rocky canyon that offers spectacular views and rugged terrain.
This trail winds just under 6 miles through Monrovia Canyon, providing a unique landscape filled with rocks, meadows, waterfalls, and creeks. Hikers can enjoy canyon walls crawling with life and light during this quick hike.
Southern California Hikes
As possibly the most iconic hike in Southern California, the Hollywood Sign Hike is a must do for tourists and locals alike. This hike is right around 4 miles and is a fairly easy climb. Once at the top, hikers can enjoy a 360 degree view of the entire Inland Empire from behind the sign. While this can be a popular trip to make, it’s worth wading through the crowds, if they’re there.
For years, this has been one of the most popular hikes in SoCal for people looking to escape the urban metropolis of Los Angeles. Take a fairly short (anywhere from 1 to 2 hours) hike along a scenic stream, ending at the beautiful 50 foot Sturtevant Falls.
This hike is for the more serious adventures and offers sights to please everyone. Along this ten mile trail there are plenty of trees, flowers, and waterfalls to catch your eye and make for a peaceful trek. While this trail includes Sturtevant Falls in it, there are many other sites and destinations along the way that the Sturtevant Falls trail does not capture.
This hike is about 7 miles long and takes a trial through the Pacific Palisades to a popular overlook in Topanga State Park. The final leg of the hike is a steep and challenging climb to Parker Mesa. This trip has a lot of beautiful views of the Santa Monica Bay.
Mt. Wilson is one of the most well-known landmarks in Southern California, overlooking Pasadena and home to one of the most important observatories in the United States. This hike is a full twelve miles long, starting at the Chantry Flats trailhead above Arcadia and climbing to the top of Mr. Wilson.Categories: Arcadia, Free Things To Do, Hollywood, Los Angeles, Palm Springs, Palm Desert & Coachella, Rancho Cucamonga, Running, Hiking and Mud Runs, Santa Monica, Sports, The Inland Empire, Things To Do with Kids