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Box Springs Mt Trail

Average Rating:    (4.57 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 7

Technical,packed to loose dirt, sand bars, Switch backs, berms,and some jumps.
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Latitude
33.980769569259124
Longitude
-117.28973865509033
Trail Directions
Take 60 FWY, into Moreno Valley, Off at Pigon Pass RD. Go North to Hidden Springs, left up to first left and park at gate. Ride up path to base of hill, go to right trail head marked with a sign,is about 50-60 yards from path.
Trail Length
miles 2.5
Trail Level
Advanced
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Moreno Valley
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Review Date
June 15, 2011

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Varaxis ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
This is the only trail in the area I know of that you can get a * gravity fix on. It's very steep and fast. It feels sort of like some of Fontana's DH track except it doesn't have any tight switchbacks, G-outs, or long straights. It's just steep, with flowy corners, rocks, and ruts with weeds surrounding a relatively narrow strip of single track (for a DH-like track.

Emphasis on this trail being FAST! Letting go of the brakes for any extended time will get you a good speed rush, but often, it doesn't let you do this for more than 5 seconds, since a corner or a rock section is coming up and if you don't know the line or how bad they are, you'll likely need to slow down. Also, there may be trail users going up and a collision would be tragic if you were going at any decent pace. Nothing else really provides the same speed rush in the same area.

It's rocky! There are quite a few rock gardens to deal with. There are also some rock shelf lines that allow you to drop a few feet. There's even a short rock wall ride line through a rock garden. It's all fun for me though, coming from the east coast. I missed seeing rock like this. Fontana/Southridge is the only other place that has rock like this, but this offers a different feel.

Narrow and open. You can easily see where you're going until the very bottom, after it forks.

Moderately rutty as of this review. Nothing so bad I couldn't ride in, out, and over, but is rutted enough to be worth mentioning. They will surely intimidate beginners and intermediates.

Overall, this feels more like a DH trail and M-trail more of a Super D. M-trail I can do alright on an XC bike, and this one too, but I was really sketchy with my XC bike's tire and brake combo. The main issue is getting back to the top after riding it down! Deciding to climb back up Two Trees is a pain, even with a XC bike and getting to the fire road requires going around basically 1/3 of the base of the mountain. Shuttling recommended if you want to hit this more than once.

Recommended Route:
I personally rode/climbed the dirt fireroad up to the parking lot (off of Pigeon Pass Road) from Hidden Springs, but if you plan on hitting this more than once, you should consider shuttling assistance. You will be pushing your legs, heart, and lungs and technical control (more likely hiking) if you decide to climb up the trail from Two Trees Rd.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
M-Trail
Sycamore Canyon



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Varaxis (06/15/2011)
Woops. This review is for Two Trees specifically and not the entire mountain.
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Review Date
April 7, 2007

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: giant05 ,  Racer

Summary:
well arond here its called the M trail,and its a downhill trail,lots of fun,a few easy rock sections(for an experianced dh'er)

would be a good xc trail if you ride the fire road up the back.

Recommended Route:
follow pideon pass all the way up and turns right,go past this turn and keep going up the road,turns into parking lot near house.push up to the top

Other recommended trails in the same area:
two trees,c trail



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Review Date
February 20, 2003

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: downhill freek

Summary:
hidden trail is a rutted out trail but very very funn. the spring trail is a flowing trailnot much pedaling because it is a fast hill. the top of two trees is rutted out but it is a fast fast trail. there are 2 technical sections. the first is after a corner, the section is in a long straight section. the second section is about 2 hundres yards. you will have to find your line down it.
the m trail is a nice technical trail. not to bad anyone can ride it, for beginners on this trail will have to walk a cupple sections but all trails are funn

Recommended Route:
shuttle to ranger station. either a) ride up to the ridge and down the "hidden trail" and up to the "spring trail" and down "two trees"
or b) up to "the M" and get picked up at the bottom and shuttle up to the "spring trail" and then down "two trees".

Other recommended trails in the same area:
lake perris



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Review Date
April 16, 2001

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Melvin & Alvin Marte , from Moreno Valley, CA, USA

Summary:
This is one of the greatest day hikes in the world. There are 7 named trails in the Box Springs Regional Park each with it's own unique scenery and challenge. Box Springs is high hill country showcasing beautiful rock formations, and panoramic views of Moreno Valley, and Riverside. There is also a small creek that runs through one of the trails. If you want a challenge at expert or beginner level this is the place to go for a day hike. There is no snow during winter. It's great all year round, and it is right next to civilization (so don't worry about getting lost). No camping or mountain climbing equipment is required to complete any of the hikes. No extensive physical prepartion is required also if you are an "average" hiker. Just bring a couple Gatorades and Energy Bars, and you'll be just fine. Tennis shoes or cross trainers are just fine also.
The 7 trails are: Big "M" Trail (2 miles long on record, but it's really almost 3 miles long), Hidden Ridge Trail (.7 miles long), Edison (.8 miles long), Spring (.5 miles long), Skyline 1 (2.7 miles long), Syline 2 (1.6 miles long), and Two Trees (1.5 miles long).
Starting from the dirt parking lot as described above, walk 100 yards to the bottom of the hill, and you'll begin the Big "M" Trail. This trail is the most challenging of the 7 Trails, but don't worry it's not dangerous at all in my opinion. This trail leads you to the Big "M" at the top of the hill which stands for Moreno Valley. The hike is curvy, single-track, and in good condition (as are all the trails). About a third of the way up, you can detour for 20 yards to a panoramic vista point of Moreno Valley. The Big "M" Trail takes about 1 hour and 15 minutes to get up. When you get to the top, you'll have a panoramic view of Moreno Valley and Riverside. I highly recommend you hike an additional 80 yards to the top of the tower, and pat yourself on the back.
You can continue on the trail that runs beside the tower, and this leads you to the rest of the trails. I recommend taking the trail that takes you to the Second tower, and then go down the Hidden Ridge Trail. You'll exit into the Edison Trail, and go right on it. You'll end at a dirt road, and 100 yards to your left will be the "main center" area that will connect you to other trails. There is a cool wooden map board (very authentic looking--you'll find this also at the beginning of the Big "M" Trail), and there should be some paper maps of the Box Springs area and the trails (take one!). Believe it or not a few private ranch-style houses are here. Less than a hundred yards from the "main center" area is the Two Trees Trail, and Skyline 2. I recommend Two Trees because it's just funner, and also it's more safer than Skyline 2. As you go down Two Trees you'll cross over a small creek, and then near the end is a small bridge built by the Eagle Scouts. The trail ends into a neighborhood. The hike back up is a challenge (that's why I like it also). From the very beginning of your hike (which is where your car is), you've hiked approximately over 2 1/2 hours. And if you hiked back to your car that's a total of over 5 hours. This is why I call it a great day hike, and great excercise.
If you instead take the Skyline 2 Trail this will lead you to the Skyline 1 Trail (but you can complete the loop without going to Skyline 1). Both trails are leveled, but at some points there are steep sloping fall-offs. I've completed Skyline 2, but I don't recommended it for beginners, but any average hiker would take this trail at a whim. As you head back either from the Skyline Trails or Two Trees, I recommend taking the main dirt road (instead of Edison and Hidden Ridge), for the sake of variety, and because it's also a great excercise challenge. This main dirt road is used by cars. You will pass the Springs Trail, and but don't take this trail it's stupid.
One more thing, during Spring season several beautiful wild flowers bloom. Wear sweatpants or pants to protect you from their small thorns, and you'll be just fine. Have a great time, and it truly is one of the greatest day hikes you'll ever find, and this is coming from a former Boy Scout.

Recommended Route:
From Los Angeles, Take 60E, Exit Pigeon Pass/Frederick St., and make a right. Continue for 2 to 3 miles, and make left into the Hidden Springs Community (on your right will be Canyon Springs High School). Continue for 1 mile, and on your left-hand side there will be a small dirt parking space.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Sycamore Canyon (only 8 minute drive from here). Great day-hike that any person of any age can do.



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Review Date
May 12, 2000

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: PaulyNorthShore , from Mecca In deathville, kalifornication

Summary:
Once down from towers on the sweet singletrack with the G-force knar Knar downhill mini-extendo of the fontana course, take the sharp left, hug the mountain and follow the motorcycle line, its has some ups n downs, sweet stuff, drops u out rite by yer ride,,,

Recommended Route:
For the Grand Loop and the best time, do the cool-big way.....Park off Ridgeway, go up around the gate, climb up to the water tank, grab singletrack on the left, circle around and down to the dirtroad, out to boxsprings and left,,,,,,,maybe even throw in a rite turn on the singletrack just before the park trailhead area, check out some of those hairazing lines...
cuz the fireroad up to the towers is cake,,,,,,,

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Sampson park in Hemet



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