The South Hills Preserve is dedicated open space that encompasses 1,675 hilly acres just south of Hulda Crooks Park in Loma Linda, California. It was established in 2008 and is administered by the City of Loma Linda. It is open to hikers, mountain bikers, and equestrians. Although motorized vehicles aren’t allowed, there is no signage to this effect, and so you will probably see (or at least hear) people on dirt bikes if you visit. I visited on February 12 after a couple of weeks of rain with local RaggedyCrow.
This area is primarily grass with some scrub. It’s almost entirely exposed, and thus the best times to visit are during the cool season. There are no natural water sources. On a clear day, the visitor can enjoy uninterrupted panoramic views of the San Gabriel, San Bernardino, and San Jacinto mountain ranges from the tops of the hills. There are multiple established trails, and unofficial single tracks criss-cross the space. You could easily spend a day here exploring the various hilltops and hidden canyons. Although the South Hills Preserve is fairly small, it’s pretty easy to walk off the beaten path if you’re looking for some solitude in the otherwise very busy, very crowded East Valley of the Inland Empire..
There is free parking available at Hulda Crooks Park. The Preserve closes nights, and therefore camping is not allowed.
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