|Box Springs Mountain Park
BETA PHOTO: Overview of the approach up to the Main Wall.
Box Springs Mountain Park in Riverside offers some very nice climbing on good granite, if you donít mind short climbs. There are some walls of greater height but they are in more remote locations and are to my knowledge undeveloped. Six main walls lie within easy access, surrounded by many smaller boulders, offering great potential for bouldering problems. Most of the climbs are bolted sport routes but there are a few nice cracks that protect well on gear. There are several TR problems but then most of the lines in Box Springs can be easily set up for top-rope. Although certainly not a destination crag, Box Springs is a great place to spend the day when the more popular spots in Southern California are experiencing highs in the 40ís or 50ís; Riverside tends to be 10 or more degrees warmer than the high desert. There are potential access problems for the climbing areas of Box Springs; please be sure to read the following directions as well as any access updates that may be posted.
A note regarding star ratings: The routes here are very short and it has been my experience that most climbers donít think much of short routes. Therefore they tend to be quite stingy when it comes to awarding stars. I have always held that star ratings should be specific to the area; call it a suggestion as to the better (or worse) climbs in that area. That being said, a 4 star climb in an area such as this probably could never compare to even a 2 star route in Owens or Williamson. But even a one star route in Box Springs has something fun or challenging to offer and is worthy of a go.
Box Springs Mountain Park is located just off the CA-60 in Riverside, on the flanks of Box Springs Mountain, up behind the UC Riverside. If coming from LA or points north, take the CA-60 east and exit to Blaine St. east. If coming from points south or east (San Diego, Moreno Valley), take the CA-60 west and exit Watkins Dr. north. This takes you through a residential neighborhood with plenty of stop signs but avoids most of the aggravation of the perpetually-under-construction CA-60. From Watkins, turn right on Blaine. Park at the wide gravel area at the end of Blaine.
Note: While there is a closer parking area listed elsewhere, it requires parking on and walking through private property. Although the use of this undeveloped house lot is apparently okay with the owners, I would advise that we avoid potential problems and park at the end of Blaine. The extra 5 Ė 10 minutes hiking that this adds is over easy ground with little vertical gain.
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Featured Route For Box Springs Mountain Park
5.10c R CA
: Riverside/Orange Counties
: ... : Knob Wall
This climb, with the politically incorrect name, starts directly below the short vertical crack. Begin on tiny and improbable edges, carefully working up the seam past one bolt to the horizontal. Get into the hand crack and follow up and right as it widens into a ledge. Finish at the anchor for Blue Collar. This is a dangerous lead as a fall from the crux could land your back or head on the end of a block that is only a couple feet away from the wall, directly in line with the route. Starti...[more] Browse More Classics in CA
|Photos of Box Springs Mountain Park Slideshow
BETA PHOTO: Looking back down the hill; Blaine St. v...
BETA PHOTO: The Equestrian trailhead. The gate is up to the l...
BETA PHOTO: Entrance (?) to the park. The Main Wall is visibl...
BETA PHOTO: This is the start of the trail, leading up to the ...
BETA PHOTO: On the trail to the Main Wall.
New signage by trail head to Main Wall.
BETA PHOTO: We had some trouble finding the crags but hopefull...
|Comments on Box Springs Mountain Park
|By The Freehlings|
Nov 19, 2012
It looks like you can now park closer. I haven't been here in over a year, so I was surprised to see a new-ish sign on Two Trees allowing parking.