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The Refreshing 3,400-Acre Outdoor Oasis, Crafton Hills Preserve, Has Miles And Miles Of Magnificent Southern California Trails To Explore

Posted in Southern CaliforniaNature October 31, 2020by Angela

Living in Southern California has its benefits, especially when it comes to the many outdoor spaces that surround us throughout this beautiful part of the Golden State. Whether you’re seeking a short and sweet hike or you prefer a longer trail that will get your blood pumping, the refreshing 3,400-acre outdoor oasis at Crafton Hills Preserve is packed with tons of awesome trails.

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Crafton Hills Open Space Preserve is located in San Bernardino County at 33787-34079 Crafton Hills Ridge Trail, Mentone, CA 92359.

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What a beautiful place to spend some time outside in nature. Have you ever explored the trails at Crafton Hills Preserve? It’s a wonderful destination with endless opportunities to embrace the great outdoors.

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Address: 33787-34079 Crafton Hills Ridge Trail, Mentone, CA 92359, USA

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The Crafton Hills Preserve is a defining feature of natural beauty for the surrounding communities.  Hikers, bikers and equestrians are fortunate to have access to its 3,400 acres of open space.  Here are miles of established trails in a natural environment around the 3,543 foot Zanja Peak, protected in perpetuity by the Crafton Hills Open Space Conservancy members and volunteers.

This Crafton Hills Preserve Brochure provides a trail map and summary description of the trails.  Click the image to view and download or print.

This is a detailed view of the Crafton Hills Preserve, with trailheads, points of interest, and all the designated trails noted. Click the image to view and download a printable map.  (Print in landscape mode for best results.)

Interested in exploring the Crafton Hills Preserve?  This is the "Crafton Hills Preserve Trail Guide, A Complete Illustrated Guide with Online Maps".  It also has much descriptive information about the Preserve.  Click the image to download the eBook.

This article highlights the consequences of urban effects on the natural environment and provides guidance for people living near wildlands and for people who use wildlands for recreational purposes.  These challenges are applicable to preservation of the Crafton Hills habitat.  In order to maintain a healthy ecosystem and maintain biodiversity, attention must be given to minimizing impacts from the surrounding urban areas.

The Crafton Hills Preserve provides important watershed values.  This map shows the connection to the regional watershed system.  Locally, the slopes also provide a natural groundwater recharge, benefiting the wells in surrounding communities.  Click the image to view.

The Regional Park Trailhead, which leads to Zanja Peak, is in the Yucaipa Regional Park.  This guide to the Regional Park shows how to access the trailhead to Zanja Peak through the park.  Click the image to see the Regional Park map.  Click the title above to go to the park website.

Are you interested in native plants?  This is a list of native plants which have been seen in the Crafton Hills habitat.

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Crafton Hills


The Crafton Hills are an island of low hills tucked between Mentone and Yucaipa, CA. This is a great place to hike in the wintertime when the higher mountains in the San Bernardino Range are snow-covered. The hills do occasionally get snow themselves, but more often than not are snow-free. In the springtime after Southern California has gotten a few good winter rains the Crafton Hills turn a brilliant shade of green and wildflowers are abundant. A multitude of trails wind through oak-filled canyons and high along chaparral-covered ridgelines. Wildlife is abundant including raptors, songbirds, squirrels, deer, bobcats, coyotes, and mountain lions. The views of the higher peaks including Morton, Keller, San Bernardino, San Gorgonio, and San Jacintoare incredible!

Zanja Peak is the highest peak in the Crafton Hills at 3,543 feet. There are several trails leading to its summit.

Hills Hiking

The Crafton Hills were created by about ten active normal dip-slip faults collectively called the Crafton Hills fault zone or the Crafton Hills Horst-and-Graben Complex which stretches between the San Jacinto fault and the San Andreas Fault. When you look to the north from the northern side of the hills you can see where the San Andreas cuts a line between the hills and the San Bernardino Mountains and then follow the line southeast out towards Oak Glen or northwest out towards Highland and Cajon Pass.

The Crafton Hills were named after Crafts Ranch which was established in the area around 1861 by George Crafts. Crafton Hills is also home to Crafton Hills College and the Crafton Reservoir, which supplies Crafton and Redlands with water.

The Crafton Hills Open Space Conservancy(CHOSC) strives to protect in perpetuity the natural environment of the area for its significant watershed, ecological and aesthetic values, and other benefits to the public interest. Since 1992, CHOSC has preserved more than two thirds of the 4500 acres through acquisition and cooperative management with San Bernardino County, Crafton Hills College, and the Cities of Redlands and Yucaipa.

Getting There

Crafton Hills Map

East of San Bernardino and Redlands, take Yucaipa Blvd off of I-10 and go north. Turn left on Oak Glen Road. Near Yucaipa Regional Park are several trailheads. There are also trailheads near Crafton Hills College off of Sand Canyon Road.

Link to a trail mapof Crafton Hills

Red Tape

Mill Creek Ranger Station

No permits are needed to hike in the Crafton Hills. Campfires and camping are not allowed. Pets are allowed on a leash.

Trails in the Crafton Hills are used by hikers, horseback riders, and bicyclists.

Please practice Leave No Traceethics.


Crafton Hills

You can camp at nearby Yucaipa Regional Park. Campsites are $20/night and there are a wide variety of facilities.

The nearest Forest Service Campgroundsare up on Hwy 38 near Barton Flats.

External Links

Crafton Hills Open Space Conservancy

Weather forecast for Yucaipa, CA

Crafton Hills Aerial View

Crafton Hills Fault Zone

Zanja Peak Trail Project


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Crafton Hills Ridge Details

  • Activities

    • Mountain Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
  • Riding Area

    Crafton Hills
    Yucaipa, California

  • Difficulty Rating

    Green rate

  • Trail Type

    Dirt/Gravel Road

  • Bike Type


  • Direction

    Both Directions

  • Climb Difficulty


  • Physical Rating


  • Season


  • Dogs Allowed


  • Global Ranking

    #49456in Mountain Biking

  • Local Popularity

    75in Mountain Biking[+]
    • 5in Trail Running
    • 5in Hiking

This is a fun trail for all with many others in the area.

Traditionally Indigenous Territory
More Stats for Crafton Hills Ridge mountain bike trail trail
  • Altitude change

    240 m

  • Altitude min

    751 m

  • Altitude max

    1,048 m

  • Altitude start

    751 m

  • Altitude end

    990 m

  • Grade


  • Grade max


  • Grade min


  • Distance climb

    5.1 km

  • Distance down

    1.6 km

  • Distance flat

    278 m

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  • Avg reverse time


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