Our Favorite Hikes Near Redlands, CA

Like most inland California cities, Redlands has a hot climate in the summer. Starting in June, the average high is 89 degrees, and by August, that temperature increases to 96 degrees. As the weather continues to rise, it’s the perfect time to enjoy the outdoors and reap the benefits of some vitamin D. 

Thankfully, there are more than 41 trails near Redlands, California, offering you plenty of options for hiking. If you’re having a hard time selecting which trail is the best option for you, here are our favorite options for all skill levels.

For the Beginner

If you’re new to trail walking or hiking, we’ve got you covered. There are plenty of flat, shorter trails near Redlands, California, that will allow you to get your feet wet without jumping fully into the hiking lifestyle. Consider these options:

Cocomaricopa Trail: This intermediate but gorgeous trail runs along the San Timoteo Creek in the San Timoteo Nature Sanctuary and is 2.2 miles long. The average grade is one percent, making it the perfect activity for an afternoon stroll. The trail features a small river and wildlife.

Prospect Park: If you’re short on time, this trail is only 0.7 miles out and back and takes around 17 minutes to complete on average. The trail features citrus trees, drinking fountains, and restrooms. One reviewer wrote, “One of my favorite trails to walk or run! Parking is easy to find, [the trail] has a nice lookout view, and there are cameras on the trail which make me feel safe!” (Claudio S, AllTrails).

Jacinto Loop: Another easy route, this trail is great for hiking, biking, and running. It is popular, open year-round, and 3.3 miles long. If you like to be around people while you exercise and are looking for a long but easy path, this is for you!

Image credit (F S, AllTrails)

For the Moderate Hiker

Looking for a good workout? There are several trails near Redlands, California, that are challenging but not impossible. Break a sweat with these options below: 

Scott Canyon Trail: Rated as one of the best trails on AllTrails with over 600 reviews and 4.5 stars, this 5.3-mile loop is perfect for walking and mountain biking. It offers gorgeous views, wildflowers, and wildlife (including donkeys). Reviewers have reported that there is little shade, so make sure to pack your water and wear a hat!

Oakmont and Oakridge Trail: Break out your running shoes or horses (yes—horseback riding is allowed!) and enjoy this 4.1-mile hike. Occasionally, hikers see snakes, so be aware of where you place your feet. According to reviewers, the trail has no rocks, is well paved, and offers views of San Gorgonio and San Jacinto peaks.

Image Credit (Aimee Tsai, AllTrails)


For the Go-Getter

If you’re a well-experienced hiker and up for a challenge, there are trails near Redlands that offer steep inclines and longer hikes. Here are two of our favorites: 

Zanja Peak: This 7.8-mile mile hike is near Yucaipa and has a 1,397-foot elevation gain. Typically, it takes around three hours and 42 minutes to complete. Part of the trail is on an old fire road, so it’s wide enough to fit multiple hikers. Keep in mind that there aren’t any bathrooms on the trail, so plan accordingly. 

Inland Intercity: Popular for backpacking and hiking, this 24.9-mile trail stretches along the mountains across Redlands, Loma Linda, Colton, Moreno Valley, and Riverside. It begins in Oakmont Park in Redlands and ends in Sycamore Highlands Park in Riverside. Get ready for gorgeous scenery and challenging activity.

Image Credit (Donna Miller, AllTrails)


As summer approaches, make a plan to enjoy the fresh air outside! Consider one of the hikes we’ve mentioned above. Whether you’re an avid hiker or not, we promise there is a trail near Redlands, California, that is perfect for you. Happy hiking! 

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