Here are some of Riverside County’s best running trails. There are trails with scenic views, nature, wildlife, and oh so beautiful asphalt and pavement. Hopefully, this list will serve you well, inspire you pick up running or introduce you to a new trail. There is no particular order to them, so any of these is just as good as the other.
1. Fairmount Park. In Downtown Riverside, we have Fairmount Park, a 7 mile trail that goes one way. Now, officially it’s a bike path, but you see people running on it all the time One can use it for running too.
2. Mt. Rubidoux. If you find yourself on the 60, heading towards Los Angeles, then you have seen Mt. Rubidoux. It is a huge mountain that is characterized by having a huge cross at the peak. Now, for the run, you can start on Mt. Rubidoux drive or 9 th street. 9 th street turns into the trail to the top, while Mt. Rubidoux drive intersects it. As you can imagine, the view and the scenery is amazing, you will definitely enjoy this run.
3. Martha McClean-Anza Narrows Park. You want to start off of Jurupa. This is another bike path that is used as a running trail. The trail runs parallel to the Santa Ana River in both directions, but don’t rely heavily on the mile markers, there aren’t to reliable.
4. Victoria Avenue. You might need Google maps for this, find the old citrus district, where Victoria cuts through it, and you will find a bike and run path that runs along the street.
5. Hidden Valley Wildlife Area. It is a runner’s dream, it is a 1,500-park (from Norco to Riverside) with 25 miles of hiking and running trails. There is wildlife, fauna, just beautiful, pristine, scenic nature. You could get lost, but you would enjoy every minute of. It’s simply amazing.
6. Martha McLean – Anza Narrows. Before, I told about one of the trails that this 40- acre park, which is along the Santa Ana River. There are amazing views of the landscape and the river, guaranteed to satisfy.
7. The “C”. If you live anywhere near University of California at Riverside , than this one is obvious. As part of a tradition that is followed by all UC’s, University of California at Riverside has a giant “C” (it stands foe California) located on Box springs mountain. You can see the “C” easily, if you head down Big Springs road, heading towards the mountain itself. I must warn you though, it is a run/hike, you do not have go all the way to the “C” to get a good workout, but if you make it to the top, you are in for one amazing view. I highly suggest going with a friend for safety’s sake. Sunset and sunrise are beautiful up there and, as an added bonus, if you climb over and continue, you will eventually make it to the big “M” in Moreno Valley (Keep in mind that will be a long journey.).
8. Canyon Crest Drive. A simple street, but you cut through University of California at Riverside, you pass the freeway, pass the town center, and go up the hill. You’ll have a nice view and you’ll be dead tired, but it will be a very good workout.