Two Trees Trail Offers Dual Access to Box Springs Mountain
The park offers several official trails including the Two Trees Trail. The 2.5-mile bidirectional trail can be conquered by most hikers and has two trailheads – one in Moreno Valley and one in Riverside. The MoValley section offers plenty of parking next to Box Springs Road. There is limited parking on the Riverside section on Two Trees Road.
As with most hikes in southern California, start early, dress appropriate for the weather, bring water and snacks, and hike with a buddy. The hike begins with mild elevation gains, but the trail gets tougher with steeper segments. There is an approximate elevation gain of 1,000 feet.
The trail is currently alive with wildflowers, green rolling hills, and wildlife activity. Birders are in for a treat with plenty of feathered friends. You may even spot MSHCP protected bird species, such as Bell’s Sage Sparrow, Burrowing Owl, Cactus Wren, and California Gnatcatcher. While looking in the sky for birds, make sure to watch your step. Rattlesnakes may appear if the weather is warm.
Please note that Box Spring Mountain Reserve has trails that traverse railroad tracks. Railroad crossings are considered private property and are dangerous, especially with fast-moving Metrolink trains in the area. If you encounter a trail with railroad tracks, do not cross the tracks. Remember, “See Tracks? Think Train!”