Hiking in Redlands
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Hiking in Redlands

With Redlands as your home base, you can explore the best hiking, biking, and walking adventures in the Inland Empire. Our list of curated trails features everything from simple walks around town to steep elevation gains in the foothills.

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Our Curated List of the Best Hiking Trails in Redlands

Discover where to hike with friends and family below. If you are avid photographer looking to hit the trail, be sure to read our guide that lists which trails are photo-friendly.

  1. Caroline Park 1748 Chaparral Dr, Redlands, CA 92373

    Caroline Park

    Caroline Park is a 0.7 mile lightly trafficked loop trail that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and walking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

    "I'm a newbie to the hiking trail scene and thought this was a perfect place to start. Just the right mixture of flat terrain to inclines for a 5ft out of shape gal with a 6ft companion to break a sweat, huff and puff, and make me feel those leg muscles! if I lived walking distance i'ld be there every day." – Michele

    How to Get There From Downtown

    1. Start Downtown Redlands
    2. Head north on N 6th St toward E Stuart Ave.
    3. Turn right to merge onto I-10 E
    4. Take exit 81 for Ford St.
    5. Turn right onto Ford St.
    6. Continue onto Garden Hill Dr.
    7. Turn left onto Garden St.
    8. Turn right onto Rossmont Dr.
    9. Turn right onto Valle Vista Dr.
    10. Turn right onto Sunset Dr.

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  2. Carriage Trail

    Caroline Park

    Carriage Trail is a 5.2 mile lightly trafficked loop trail that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

    How to Get There From Downtown

    1. Start Downtown Redlands
    2. Head north on N 6th St toward E Stuart Ave.
    3. Head south on N 6th St toward E Redlands Blvd.
    4. Turn right onto E Olive Ave.
    5. Turn left onto S San Mateo St.
    6. Turn right onto W Fern Ave.
    7. Turn left onto San Timoteo Canyon Rd.

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  3. Teddy's Trail

    Teddy's Trail

    This is a short, but fun trail right off Sunset. It leads to the Hermit's Trail as well as to nearby trails at the top of the hill. It's pretty easy, but can be overgrown with brush.

    Dogs: Leashed

    How to Get There From Downtown

    1. Start Downtown Redlands
    2. Head north on N 6th St toward E Stuart Ave.
    3. Head south on N 6th St toward E Redlands Blvd.
    4. Turn right onto E Olive Ave.
    5. Turn left onto S San Mateo St.
    6. Turn right onto W Fern Ave.
    7. Turn left onto San Timoteo Canyon Rd.

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  4. San Timoteo Nature Sanctuary

    San Timoteo Nature Sanctuary

    This 200-acre preserve, made possible by the work of the Redlands Conservancy, is a hit with local hikers, bikers and equestrians. The main route is the Carriage Trail, whose construction in the 19th century speaks to the area’s historical significance as a transportation corridor linking Banning to the eastern end of the San Bernardino Valley. Another trail runs parallel to the Carriage Trail and several short connectors make for multiple possible routes. The 3.8-mile balloon-shaped loop here samples some of the park’s best scenery.

    As you hike the trail along the San Timoteo Creek, recall that for many centuries American Indians used to travel along an ancient trail referred to as the Cocomaricopa Trail in this same area. Most of the primary trail follows the century-old Carriage Trail built in the mid 1800s by the Redlands’ Smiley Brothers (who are responsible for much of what Redlands looks like today) to take their guests into the canyon for excursions.

    Distance: 3.8 miles • Family friendly: Yes • Dogs: leashed

    How to Get There From Downtown

    1. Start Downtown Redlands
    2. Head south on N 6th St toward E Redlands Blvd.
    3. Turn right onto E Olive Ave.
    4. Turn left onto S Center St.
    5. Turn right onto W Crescent Ave.
    6. Turn left onto Alessandro Rd.
    7. Destination on the right
    8. Go down Alessandro Road from Sunset. Look for the black iron fence on the right. Staging at the parking area on Alessandro.

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  5. Oak Ridge Trail

    This trail is a shorter version of the other twisting Oak Ridge Trail (Long). It runs down the ridge to where Oakridge Trail (Long) meets this trail. Just before the junction, there are a few sharp switchbacks, which can be difficult to hike. After that, it continues down the ridge and hits three more sharp turns, then runs into Live Oak Preserve Trail.

    Features: Views • Dogs: leashed

    How to Get There From Downtown

    1. Start Downtown Redlands
    2. Downtown Redlands
    3. Head north on N 6th St toward E Stuart Ave.
    4. Turn right to merge into I 10 E
    5. Take exit 83 for Yucaipa Blvd.
    6. Turn right onto Hilltop Dr.
    7. Turn left onto Outer Hwy 10 S
    8. Turn right onto Alta Vista Dr.
    9. Turn left onto South Ln.
    10. Turn right onto Ashforth Dr.
    11. Turn left onto Silverleaf Ct.

    NOTE: Additional trails can be found by starting at Oakmont Park, at the junction of Sutherland and South Streets (google "Oakmont Park" on your map app for directions.) Redlands Conservancy manages and maintains this great open space, the Herngt 'Aki' Preserve, and there are miles of trails that extend into the sanctuary and along the base of the hills.

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  6. Creekside Trail

    A fun out-and-back trail leading to a gorgeous view of San Timoteo Canyon. Hikers can start at Alessandro or park further up on Creekside Drive. It's not a trail you would want to have as a destination, but some bonus dirt added onto a longer hike would be great.

    Features: Views • Family Friendly: Yes • Dogs: leashed

    How to Get There From Downtown

    1. Start Downtown Redlands
    2. Head south on N 6th toward E Redlands Blvd.
    3. Turn right onto E Olive Ave.
    4. Turn Left onto Cajon
    5. Turn right onto W Cypress Ave.
    6. Turn left onto S Center St.
    7. Turn right onto W Crescent Ave.
    8. Turn left onto Alessandro Rd.
    9. Turn left onto Creekside Drive

    NOTE: Features: Easy climb, especially if parking up on Creekside Drive. There is a nice bench to rest on at the top.

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  7. Orange Blossom Trail

    Orange Blossom Trail

    7.5-mile pathway. Look for the decals on sidewalks and streets downtown.

    Composed of both asphalt concrete (for bicyclists) and decomposed granite (for pedestrians), this dual-track trail will take you to the doorstep of the University of Redlands at Grove Street. Head north to the University or continue south on the trail via way-finding decals. These decals will take you:

    • South to Citrus Avenue
    • West through Downtown Redlands on Citrus and Brookside Avenue
    • North on Center Street to Redlands Boulevard, near ESRI.

    The asphalt concrete portion of the trail picks back up on the west side of Center Street and takes you through the Esri campus to Tennessee Street.

    The asphalt concrete continues at Alabama Street and takes you along the Mission Channel to California Street. Make sure you stop to read the history boards at the pocket park near New Jersey Street!

    The City is currently designing another two portions of the Orange Blossom Trail within the City. By the end of 2018, the City anticipates constructing the trail between Tennessee & Alabama Street and California Street & Bryn Mawr Avenue.

    Upon completion, the trail will link to the Santa Ana River Trail and Parkway, which will run 110 miles from the San Bernardino County National Forest to the Pacific Ocean in Huntington Beach.

    How to Get There From Downtown

    1. Start Downtown Redlands
    2. Head to the southwest corner Wabash and Colton Avenue

    Family Friendly: Yes • Dogs: leashed

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  8. Hike to Redlands Mount "R" 30900 Santa Ana Canyon Rd., Highland, CA 92346

    Redlands Mount R

    We recommend using the 1n16 Alder Creek trail head. The Alder Creek trail head 1n16 is about 5 miles west down Greenspot road off of highway 210.

    Alder Creek trail starts off with wide vista views of the city of Redlands, Highland, and San Bernardino. Traveling along to the other side of the mountain, the trail comes up to the 7 Oaks flood control damn. While it gets very close to the Seven Oaks damn, the turn off is gated and marked no trespassing. The trail them heads due north along Government Canyon, passing Government Peak. From there, Alder Creek continues another 4 or 5 miles with the famous Redlands’ R overlooking the terminus of Alder Creek where it intersects with City Creek trail 1No9 in front of the aptly named Mount “R.” Where Alder Creek, 1N16, hits City Creek, 1N09, the road forks. East heads to highway 18 and West heads into the interior of the Transverse Range and terminates near the Seven Pines resort in Seven Oaks.

    You have to take 1n16 to 1n09. When you get to the intersection of 1n16 and 1n09, make a left. You will see the "R" to your right. Follow that road for about 2 miles. There will be a turnout to park your car at the trailhead. From there you hike up to the "R."

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  • About Redlands
  • 14 North Fifth Street Downtown
  • Redlands, CA 92373

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