Family Friendly Hikes in the Inland Empire

Easy and fun hikes the whole family will love, all located within the Inland Empire.

4/20/20232 min read

1.Oak Glen Preserve, Oak Glen

  • Botanic Garden and Children's Outdoor Discovery Center.

  • Located within the Los Rios Rancho Apple Farm

  • Free admission and parking

3.San Timoteo Canyon Nature Sanctuary Trail, Redlands

  • Creekside Trail

  • Flat, easy 1.2 mile hike

  • There are two parking lot areas, one on each end of the trail.

  • Free admission and parking

2.White Water Preserve, Whitewater

  • Ranger Station with children's activities every Sunday

  • Check Website before visiting to be sure they are open (sometimes they have to close due to weather conditions)

  • A beautiful pond, picnic area, and bathrooms

  • Free admission and parking

4.Big Falls Trail, Forest Falls

  • A fun, short hike that leads to one of the biggest waterfalls in Soutern California

  • Adventure pass required, can purchase for $5 per day or $30/ year. BRING CASH

  • Picnic Tables available

9.Bluff Lake Reserve, Big Bear Lake

  • You may recognize the scenery as the location of the original 1961 Disney film The Parent Trap, and the 2001 20th Century Fox movie Dr. Dolittle 2.

  • Free admission and parking

5.Wildwood Canyon Trail, Yucaipa

  • A little more strenuous and steep, but doable for children.

  • Hike among beautiful giant oak trees

  • Picnic Tables available

  • Free admission and parking

8.Heart Rock Trail, Crestline

  • Easy 1/2 mile trail

  • From the overlook, you can look down at the 20-foot Heart Rock Falls next to a Heart Shaped hole in the rock. You can also venture down to the heart itself.

6.Caroline Park, Redlands

  • Located within a neighborhood in sunset drive, Redlands. Parking is limited.

  • A fun, easy trail with a beautiful mountain view that loops.

  • Free admission and parking

7.Oakmont Park, Redlands

  • A 14.6 acre park with picnic areas and nature trails

  • Free admission and parking

10.Mount Rubidoux, Riverside

  • The main trail is 2.5 miles round trip.

  • Paved road with different options, a steeper but quicker path, or a longer and easier path.

  • Stroller Friendly!

  • Site of the oldest outdoor non-denominational Easter Sunrise service in the United States.

  • Minimal shade on the path.

  • Free admission and parking

  • There is a huge cross is at the top of the mountain, which can be seen from far away.