Elevation: 1,252 ft
GPS: 33.983, -117.309 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Bill Olszewski on Feb 12, 2021
Admins: C Miller, Euan Cameron, Mike Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer suchoski, Justin Johnsen, Vicki Schwantes
Access Issue: Parking listed elsewhere is on private property Details

Description

Box Springs Mountain Reserve in Riverside offers some very nice climbing on good granite if you don't mind short climbs. There are some walls of greater height but they are in more remote locations and require even more hiking to access.

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, this is a great place to spend the day when the more popular spots in Southern California are experiencing highs in the 40's or 50's; Riverside tends to be 10 or more degrees warmer than the high desert.

  • A note regarding star ratings: The routes here are very short and it has been my experience that most climbers don't 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.

Getting There

The Belvedere Heights Area of Box Springs Mountain Reserve 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. From Watkins, turn right on Blaine. Park at the signed parking area at the intersection of Blaine Street and Terrace Drive.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Belvedere Heights Area

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
V6 7A
 6
Roof Crack
Boulder
5.3 3+ 10 III 9 VD 3a
 10
Knobulator
TR
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a
 14
Pimple Patrol
Sport
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 13
Broken Heart
Trad
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 9
Devil Man
Trad
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 9
Evil Eye
Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 9
Good Son
Sport
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 5
Release
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 11
Little Jerry Seinfeld
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 19
Hands off the Crack
Sport
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 8
Creature Comforts
Sport
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 7
Blue Collar
Sport
5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 4
Drill Music
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Roof Crack Belvedere Heights Bou…
 6
V6 7A Boulder
Knobulator Knob Wall
 10
5.3 3+ 10 III 9 VD 3a TR
Pimple Patrol Knob Wall
 14
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a Sport
Broken Heart Main Wall > Main Wall Left
 13
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad
Devil Man Main Wall > Main Wall Left
 9
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad
Evil Eye Main Wall > Main Wall Left
 9
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
Good Son Main Wall > Main Wall Left
 9
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
Release Knob Wall
 5
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Sport
Little Jerry Seinfeld Main Wall > Main Wall Left
 11
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Hands off the Crack Main Wall > Main Wall Left
 19
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Creature Comforts Main Wall > Main Wall Left
 8
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Blue Collar Knob Wall
 7
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
Drill Music Sleepers Wall
 4
5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport
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