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Box Springs Mountain Park  


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Elevation: 1,600'
Location: 33.9893, -117.3086 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Bill Olszewski on Feb 3, 2008
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New signage by trail head to Main Wall.

Parking listed elsewhere is on private property MORE INFO >>>

Description 

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.

Getting There 

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.

Climbing Season



Weather station 2.0 miles from here

46 Total Routes

['4 Stars',3],['3 Stars',10],['2 Stars',21],['1 Star',9],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',5],['5.7',5],['5.8',3],['5.9',9],['5.10',13],['5.11',4],['5.12',4],['5.13',1],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',1],['V2-3',1],['V4-5',1],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Box Springs Mountain Park:
Knobulator   5.3 3+ 10 III 9 VD 3a     TR, 1 pitch, 30'   Knob Wall
Green Crack   5.3 3+ 10 III 9 VD 3a     Trad, 1 pitch, 25'   Two Trees Trail Area
Big Bang   5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c     Trad, 1 pitch, 25'   Two Trees Trail Area
Solarizer   5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a     Trad, 1 pitch, 30'   Two Trees Trail Area
Broken Heart   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 1 pitch, 20'   Main Wall Left
Devil Man   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 25'   Main Wall Left
Good Son   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 25'   Main Wall Left
Cookie Monster   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     TR, 1 pitch, 20'   Main Wall Left
Evil Eye   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 20'   Main Wall Left
Weak Sister   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 25'   Main Wall Left
Hands off the Crack   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 20'   Main Wall Left
Little Jerry Seinfeld   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 20'   Main Wall Left
Blue Collar   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 30'   Knob Wall
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Photos of Box Springs Mountain Park Slideshow Add Photo
Overview of the approach up to the Main Wall.
BETA PHOTO: Overview of the approach up to the Main Wall.
Looking back down the hill; Blaine St. visible accross the green pasture on the left side of the picture.
BETA PHOTO: Looking back down the hill; Blaine St. visible acc...
box springs map routes( by rough)
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The Equestrian trailhead.  The gate is up to the left.  The car here is just begging for a ticket.
BETA PHOTO: The Equestrian trailhead. The gate is up to the l...
On the trail to the Main Wall.
BETA PHOTO: On the trail to the Main Wall.
Entrance (?) to the park.  The Main Wall is visible on the hillside to the left.
BETA PHOTO: Entrance (?) to the park. The Main Wall is visibl...
We had some trouble finding the crags but hopefully this will help you!
BETA PHOTO: We had some trouble finding the crags but hopefull...
This is the start of the trail, leading up to the crags, from the utility road.
BETA PHOTO: This is the start of the trail, leading up to the ...
box springs map routes pg 2( by rough)
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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.