Best Family Hiking Trails around Temecula

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Bear Canyon, Lake Elsinore
 
 
Bear Canyon Trail is a hiking trail in Riverside County, California. It is within Cleveland National Forest and San Mateo Canyon Wilderness. It is 1.9 miles long and begins at 1,987 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 3.9 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,202 feet. The San Juan Loop and Bear Canyon Trailhead parking is near the trailhead. There are also a scrub, drinking water, a commercial, restrooms, and an information map. This trail connects with the following: Bear Ridge Trail, Verdugo Trail and Morgan Trail.
 
Length: 4.8
Elevation: 2,687ft
Difficulty: Easy
 
Box Springs Mountain Reserve
 
 
Box Springs Mountain Reserve is located on 3,400 beautiful acres of land that overlook the cities of Riverside and Moreno Valley. The Reserve once was covered in dense Coastal Sage Scrub, but recent wildfires have allowed non-native grasses to thrive. Visitors should be conscious of their activities while visiting the Reserve in order to protect wildlife and their delicate ecosystem.
 
The Reserve has several miles of multi-use trails that vary in difficulty. The mountain rises to over 3000 ft. in elevation providing breathtaking views of surrounding areas. Picnic tables and bathrooms are located at our two parking areas making this a great place to enjoy nature with friends and family.
 
Miles of dirt roads and trails dot the landscape, although the park itself is often overlooked and underutilized. Equestrians, mountain bikers, families, and even dogs are all welcome. Best of all, there is no entrance or day-use fee.
 
Length: 4
Elevation: 3,000ft
Difficulty: Moderate
 
Cedar Springs Trail to Little Desert
 
 
Hike to the top of the lovely Desert Divide section of the lower San Jacinto Mountains to the junction with the Pacific Crest Trail. Views in all directions make this one of the most scenic places in all Southern California. Since the mountainside is south and west-facing, the best time to get started is before the sun is high in the sky. The route is exposed to the sun, and temperatures quickly can reach scorching in the summertime. However, winter excursions and early jaunts are incredibly rewarding. In winter the westward views extend to the Pacific and the clear azure skies adorn the heavens. Atop the crest, a solitary oak tree provides shade at the junction.
 
Length: 5 (2.5hours)
Elevation: 1,700ft
Difficulty: Easy
 
Chiquito Hiking Trail
 
Chiquito Hiking Trail is a hiking trail in Riverside County and Orange County, California. It is within Cleveland National Forest. It is 6.4 miles long and begins at 1,982 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 13.0 miles with a total elevation gain of 3,786 feet. The San Juan Loop and Bear Canyon Trailhead parking is near the trailhead. There are also scrubs, a commercial, drinking water, an information map, and restrooms. The Upper San Juan Campground campsite can be seen along the trail. There are also bare rocks and woods along the trail. This trail connects with the following: San Juan Loop Trail, San Juan Trail, and Chiquito Hiking Trail.
 
Length: 8 (6.4mi)
Elevation: 3,786ft
Difficulty: Moderate
 
 

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