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Challen Park - Riverside

Updated: Aug 6, 2023

Challen Park is an easy hill to climb that gives you an unobstructed view of Riverside and everything else. With only 140 feet of elevation gain from the bottom to the top and miles of trails, the 34-acre park is a must-do trip for nature lovers. In this blog, we’ll talk about everything that has to do with Challen Park.

The view from the top of Challen Park in Riverside, California
The top of Challen Park

Mark Steele's video shows the entire view that hikers will have at the summit. It's better when you're actually standing up there!


Before we get started, many people refer to this as Challen Hill Park - it is a hill after all.

A map of Challen Park in Riverside, California
A map of Challen Park on Google Earth

The best place to park is along Challen Avenue on the northern side of the park. It is a dirt parking lot with a few dozen spots. There are no painted lines, so don’t take up a bunch of space. Furthermore, there is a water fountain and some benches, but no bathrooms.

The parking lot at Challen Park in Riverside, California
The main parking lot

Challen Park has mostly grass with a few trees and shrubs. This means little to no shade - bring water and sunscreen!


There is a trail that goes around the entire hill; it’s 0.80 miles long and isn’t too hilly.

The trail loop going through Challen Park in Riverside
The trail going around the hill

The shortest trail going from the parking lot to the peak is 0.13 miles. You’ll see the trailhead in the middle part of the parking lot (there are a few trees here).


This park has so many trails that go everywhere. There are multiple that go to the peak. No matter which way you want to walk, there will be a trail. Also, there are numerous entrances to the park.

Multiple trails going through Challen Hill Park in Riverside
All of the trails

Taking a dog for a walk or biking down the hill are popular activities for locals.

The top of Challen Park is a bit rocky. You can climb on top of rocks to get a better picture or selfie. 25 miles away is Mount Baldy and the San Gabriel Mountains. A dozen miles away are the Santa Ana Mountains. I recommend going on a clear day so you can see all that there is.

More trails inside of Challen Park in Riverside, California
Some steep trails

Although it can get crowded, it’s beautiful to watch the sunrise and sunset from the top. Everything looks better when there’s an unobstructed view.


One review says, "Challen Park is a hotspot for people that want to exercise quickly. It makes for a great cardio workout with its uphill slopes. It is also a great place to take a quick hike, reaching the top you get some pretty awesome views of Riverside."


Before we end the blog, this area can look absolutely amazing if flowers are blooming!


Have an adventurous day at Challen Park!


El Dorado Park


El Dorado Park is only a few minutes of a walk north. It’s a long stretch of open grass, so it’s perfect for playing a game of football or just about anything else. It will also be much quieter than Challen Park but without the eye-catching view. The picnics here are wonderful!

One of the entrances to Challen Hill Park in Riverside, California
One of the many entrances

Address: 4602 Challen Ave, Riverside, CA 92503

Hours: 30 minutes before sunrise to 30 minutes after sunset

Coordinates: 33.927901, -117.457503


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