The Riverside/San Bernardino area is surrounded by mountains. There’s some scenic trail running, with options for all abilities, in a series of parks and preserves just east of the city. A few of our favorite spots:
Box Springs Mountain Reserve. This 3,400 acre park located 13 miles east of Riverside has 15 miles of trails overlooking Riverside and the Moreno Valley. The mountain itself rises to 3,000 feet. For scenic and easier trail running options, we recommend driving to the top and running on the two Skyline Loop trails, which are 4.3 miles combined. More challenging trail running involves running to the summit on the M Trail or the Two Trees Trail. TRAIL MAP
Sycamore Canyon Wilderness Park. Just south of UC Riverside/I-215. 1500-acre park with some lovely trails through the hills. Difficulty is easy to moderate, with some narrower, more rugged trails and some wider dirt roads/fire roads that have easier footing and less of a grade. TRAIL MAP
UC Riverside Campus. The campus of this university sits between Box Springs Mountain and Sycamore Canyon. There are nice pedestrian paths around the main campus, a great running track at the north end of campus, and 2-3 miles trails around the Botanical Gardens and extending south of there as far as the I-215.